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2017 4.7-inch ‘iPhone 7S’ Could Become Apple’s New Mid-Range Smartphone

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Apple will be overhauling the iPhone for its 2017’s release, and recent leaks suggest that the tech giant is embracing new technology for its mobile device.

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Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities believes Apple will unveil a flagship, redesigned OLED iPhone next year, accompanied by two LCD models at the same size as the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

While the other two would have carry a TFT-LCD model with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens, the third one will be a massive 5.8-inch with OLED technology. The 5.5-inch and the OLED would reportedly have dual cameras installed, according to a report from Apple Insider.

Interestingly, Kuo believes that next year’s 4.7-inch iPhone model in particular could become Apple’s new mid-range or even low-end model. If the Cupertino tech giant decides to lower the price of its smartphones with LCD displays, Kuo believes that the so-called “iPhone 7S” will account for somewhere between 30 to 35 percent of Apple’s new-model iPhone shipments in the 2017 fiscal year.

The majority of Apple’s 2017 smartphones sales will go towards the OLED “iPhone 8,” predicted to account for between 50 and 55 percent of shipments of new models next year, says Kuo.

Next year’s rumored ‘iPhone 8’, with a new bezel-less design hiding key components — such as the earpiece and Touch ID fingerprint sensor — underneath an active screen size between 5.1 and 5.2 inches (from panels 5.7 to 5.8 inches) according to Kuo, is expected to be a radically redesigned handset celebrating the 10th anniversary of Apple’s iconic smartphone.

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