A fresh report by KGI Securities cited by 9to5Mac attempts to shed light on how Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 will perform on the market in 2017. According to the analyst, the handset will meet “unprecedented” demand, therefore requiring Apple suppliers to manufacture 120-150 million units of the handset in the second half of 2017 alone. It’s also said the device will shatter records set by Apple’s 2014 handsets, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Regarding more specific details on the iPhone 8, three different iPhones are rumored to be launched next year rather just two as we’ve seen in years past. One major redesign likely known as the iPhone 8 is expected, while two iterations of this year’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are also said to hit the market. This would make sense as the 7 and 7 Plus will be due for an “S”-level upgrade in 2017, while next year marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary and Apple is rumored to unveil a special iPhone for this occasion. It would also allow Apple to sell more iPhones during launch time than ever, according to KGI.
Wireless charging is said to make its way to all three of these iPhones in order to make the ‘less-exciting’ models seem pleasing, with glass chassis reportedly being included on all models to make the feature possible. CPU/GPU and camera upgrades are currently in the works for the presumably titled iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, while the iPhone 8 will allegedly include a large 5.8-inch curved OLED display and near bezel-less design with an integrated Home Button, similar to what’s rumored to reach next year’s iPad lineup. This would be a radical shakeup in Apple’s smartphone lineup, but a likely welcome implementation to consumers.
More than 10 different designs are reportedly being decided by Apple for the 10th anniversary iPhone, so no promises can be made as to whether the handset will feature a curved display or near bezel-less form factor. Of course, with the timing of this rumor, we really can’t confirm anything anyway as we’re nearly 9 months away from seeing the new iPhone’s unveiling.
With plenty of time for things to change, it’s hard to tell as to which elements of this new report will remain the same. I’m sure many of you agree with the theory of three iPhones for 2017, but Apple’s never done something like this before all at once and it’s extremely hard to tell what their next move will be. Nevertheless, we’ve got plenty of time to begin scratching our heads about it and start coming up with our own fantasies.
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