Analyst: Apple May Release ‘iPhone 8’ in 2017 with OLED, Wireless Charging

According to a new speculation by Barclays analyst Mark Moskowitz, Apple will skip its traditional “S” upgrade cycle next year, meaning there will be no “iPhone 7s”, and will instead release the “iPhone 8” in 2017 featuring an OLED display, wireless charging capabilities, a completely altered form factor, and no home button (via MacRumors). Moskowitz believes that the “mega cycle” upgrade could increase iPhone sales by 10.3%.

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Citing industry sources, the analyst claims that Apple has decided not to release a spec-bumped, internally upgraded “iPhone 7s” next year, but instead push out a completely overhauled “iPhone 8” with major design changes, something the company does every two years. It must be noted that his speculation lines up with rumours which suggest this year’s “iPhone 7” won’t have “any must-have form factor changes” and will only include a few internal tweaks and component upgrades paired with a flagship feature or two such as a dual-lens camera on some models.

“Silver lining – there might be no “S” cycle in C2017. Our conversations with industry participants suggest Apple could skip the “S” cycle next year and instead jump to IP8. The jump could showcase major form factor changes, including OLED, no home button, and wireless charging. In our view, these potential changes could drive a mega cycle, underpinning our C2017 iPhone unit growth estimate of 10.3%, vs. 6.3% previously”.

Moskowitz has also predicted that Apple will sell 1.8% less iPhones this year than it did last year, given users’ contentment with their current devices and the rumoured modest updates in the iPhone 7.

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  • FragilityG4

    Urgh. I was planing on getting a 7 this year but I might have to hold this 5s for another to get an 8. Although this is all speculation thus far.

  • jmcd102

    I will keep my 6. This will be a first to skip 2 years.

  • KIII

    Had been considering the same thing but a failing battery might change that. Found out with no Apple Store near by that local “authorized dealers” can come up with a high price tag for repair.

  • BeaveVillage

    Love that picture of the transparent iPhone someone made a few generations ago… we’re NEVER going to see that. Never. Not even 24th Century Star Trek was that bold.

    Electronics are not transparent, there will ALWAYS be visible circuits, circuit boards, battery, display & touch panels, not to mention physical components like the camera, charger/USB port, headphone port, buttons & switches.

  • KIII

    It would be a refractive type of material with the electronics located inside. Supposedly the military has had similar applications in use since 2006.

    Just makes sure you have AppleCare when it arrives.

  • I think the biggest reason transparent iPhones won’t happen is that a transparent device would destroy color accuracy, legibility and usability. “Wait a sec… I gotta find something black that I can watch this video against.” Could you imagine?

    In theory it would work for okay monochrome screens (just thinking aesthetics and ignoring the technical requirements), but who wants to go back to monochrome screens? Transparent screens are a moronic idea on so many levels.