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Apple iPhone 7S To Bring AMOLED In 2017

Know Your Mobile logo Know Your Mobile 02-04-2016 Paul Briden
Apple iPhone 7S To Bring AMOLED In 2017© Apple iPhone 7S To Bring AMOLED In 2017

Yes ladies and gents, you may well smack your head in disbelief that we're talking about the iPhone 7S WAY before 2016's iPhone 7 model has appeared (it's expected to debut in Apple's usual September slot), but like it or not, that's the state of play these days as the rumour mill's tentacles spread mercilessly farther and wider than ever before. And in fact, this is pretty much what happened for the last couple of years ahead of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s launches respectively, with the rumours emerging before the precursor model had even been released.

Anyway, in this particular case it also definitely pays to keep an open mind, because the latest info comes via none other than Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, possibly one of the most famous, respected, watched and most importantly, consistently accurate analysts out there. Seriously, this guy's record is pretty much immaculate and every time he's predicted something about Apple, one of the toughest firms to get ahead of, he's proven right on the money.

We've heard a bit before from Kuo and others about Apple wanting to make the switch to OLED displays (AMOLED, specifically) instead of LCD, and before that has been predicted as coming as far ahead as 2018 (bear in mind this prediction was made a while ago, inside 2015) on something like the Apple iPhone 8. However, Kuo now believes Apple has brought its plans forward into 2017's model - there's no mention of which device precisely, but as we're getting the iPhone 7 in September 2016, it doesn't take a genius to figure out the 2017 model will likely be an S variant of it. 

BUT, with that said, Apple surprised everyone with the iPhone SE launch in March 2016, so the firm is becoming a less predictable beast with hints of some new agenda. What's more, Kuo himself added that 2017 will see Apple "entirely revamp its iPhone lineup come 2017," according to a report from 9To5Mac. He goes on to reveal that Apple is deciding between using glass, ceramic and plastic for the 2017 iPhone, but believes it will ultimately decide on glass; "as plastic doesn’t offer thin and light form factor designs, and it would be not easy to precisely control the tolerance of ceramic," he says.

Kuo also claims we will see an iPhone 4 style design with a curved glass display and curved glass body components (most fragile iPhone ever?!), however, the edging will be metal. Despite being based on the iPhone 4 language, Kuo insists that the new iPhone will feature a "completely new form factor design" which will be more comfortable to hold while also packing in narrower bezels.

Previously, alongside the rumour of a 2018 introduction of OLED, Kuo had suggested Apple would introduce a 5.8in iPhone variant, and it seems in-step with the rest of his predictions being brought forward into next year, this one too is being pegged for a 2017 arrival. This model is also believed to pack OLED display tech, but despite the larger display size it is claimed the body will be smaller than the current 5.5in iPhone 6S Plus model - meaning those bezels must be ultra thin! Apple allegedly intends to replace the 5.5in model with this 5.8in device, provided it can meet production targets for the larger AMOLED panels.

This will mean 2017's iPhone line-up will include at the very least both a 4.7in and 5.8in iPhone flagship, as well as the possibility of an additonal 4in iPhone SE (depending on how well that handset does this year, presumably). Kuo also adds that 2017's iPhones will support wireless charging and new biometrics (so perhaps an eye scanner or face recognition), but doesn't reveal any further details about the technology used.

As usual, we will keep you posted of more details as they emerge, although expect a slower trickle until the iPhone 7 launches.

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