KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a good track record when it comes to Apple related product rumors, expects Apple to launch a redesigned iPhone in 2017, which will adopt a structural design similar to the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.
He expects Apple to use glass on both the front and back sides, and a metal frame surrounded the edges like the iPhone 4. But it will sport a curved design and will come with a curved screen and curved glass casing.
The report also claims that the 2017 iPhone will come with a 5.8-inch AMOLED display, wireless charging, and more biometric recognitions such as facial and iris recognition.
Kuo expects Apple to launch a 5.8-inch iPhone with an AMOLED display with a 4.7-inch iPhone with a LCD display in 2017 if there is sufficient supply of AMOLED display. Otherwise, it will launch 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LCD iPhones, with the 5.8-inch AMOLED iPhone as the high-end model.
Apple follows a two-year design cycle so we are expecting Apple to launch a redesigned iPhone 7 later this year, followed by iPhone 7s next year which wouldn’t come with any major design changes. But based on rumors we’ve heard so far, iPhone 7 may come with minor design changes such as a cleaner back with repositioned antenna lines and slightly thinner body than iPhone 6s.
If iPhone 7 comes with minor design changes then a completely redesigned iPhone in 2017 cannot be ruled out. Earlier in the month, a report also claimed that Apple may launch a 5.8-inch iPhone with OLED display in 2017 or 2018.
What do you think about the possibility of a 5.8-inch AMOLED iPhone with iPhone 4-like design featuring curved glass casing and screen in 2017?