New iPhone Model with Curved Glass Case, 5.8″ AMOLED Display Due in 2017: KGI

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In a note to investors KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple has plans to introduce a new high-end iPhone model in 2017 that sports a curved glass case and 5.8-inch AMOLED display, a radical departure from current-generation aluminum models.

Kuo said the new iPhone’s design is similar to that of the iPhone 4/4s, but instead of flat slabs Apple will employ curved panels on both the device front and back. In another first, Apple will reportedly turn to AMOLED technology to realize the new design paradigm.

The analyst believes Apple is looking to implement exotic materials to further differentiate iPhone from a sea of competitors. Kuo expects Apple to choose glass for its new case design as the material is easy to mould and boasts properties that facilitate thin-and-light form factor designs.

On the inside, Apple’s next-generation iPhone is expected to include wireless charging and new biometric recognition technology like face and iris scanning, presumably accomplished through a front-facing camera.

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It is still unclear where the new unit will rank in Apple’s iPhone lineup, but Kuo predicts two possible scenarios. The analyst believes Apple is likely to position the 5.8-inch AMOLED iPhone model as a replacement for the current 5.5-inch TFT-LCD model, but if the company is unable to obtain the necessary AMOLED supply, the unit could launch as a top-end add-on to the 2017 iPhone line.

For years, Apple has been rumoured to make the switch to AMOLED tech, but display manufacturers are simply not equipped to output supply for a product that sells hundreds of millions of units each year. However, as a result of suppliers efforts to quickly build out their respective AMOLED production lines, there might be enough stock to accommodate the single high-end iPhone variant Kuo describes.

The rumoured iPhone model is expected to keep Apple in the running with competitors who use similarly exotic materials in their flagship smartphones.

[via 9to5Mac]

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  • jmcd102

    iPhone sales will drop of this in the fall if is true.

  • Wall Man

    So it will look like a S7 Edge?

  • KIII

    Glass? So bendgate just mutated into a whole new beast..

  • KS

    My thoughts exactly. I was so waiting for the 7

  • jay

    Not true would 2016 or 2018

  • jmcd102

    I was looking forward to the 7 and I will pass if it is not a redesign.

  • FragilityG4

    2017 is iPhones ten year anniversary so there might be truth to this.

  • johnnygoodface

    I sooo agree!

  • idi u kurac

    There was already no reason to have waited for the 7 after rumours of there being no headphone jack on the model surfaced. Should be everyone’s last straw for Apple’s thieving ways

  • KS

    I skipped the 6s hoping for a redesigned 7. I hope the rumours are for 2018 and not 2017. (I don’t mind a lack of headphone jack. If Apple has an alternative for a 100 year old design, I’m all in for it)

  • Dick Johnson

    Nice nick

  • FragilityG4

    The headphone jack removal is not a big deal. If people can afford $200 headphones they can certainly afford a $40 adaptor. Plus Amazon and AliExpress will be flooded with tons of low cost alternatives.

  • Riddlemethis

    If introduced for Apple’s 10th anniversary, it will be full of bugs (remember bend gate) and only until the 7S is released will the issues of the be resolved. In any event, for those thinking of upgrading, they then will likely wait until 2017 or 2018. And maybe that’s why Apple is introducing pricey budget devices to offset the low sale numbers of their premium devices such as the iPhone.

  • Riddlemethis

    many dumb dumbs believe what ever those in the apple store tell them like we don’t know if a new iphone will be introduced in the fall. so these folks will be buying the older iphone and then beating themselves up for not waiting.

  • Riddlemethis

    just a second. as we have seen with generic lightening cables. they only work (if at all) for a very short while. the same will likely true for these generic adapters. that may be just another reason for people to switch away from apple.

  • Riddlemethis

    yup. that’s why it will be prudent to the consider the next year’s model and let the early adopters deal with the bs.

  • FragilityG4

    Buy a MFI certified one. Mine work fine. People love to complain about everything.

  • Brad Fortin

    S7 Edge+.

  • KS

    Well said.

  • idi u kurac

    Good goy

  • Léon

    Yeah, people would be surprised to learn what it means. I happen to understand the language.