KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed in his latest report that Apple will be giving the iPhone due to be unveiled in 2017 a a major redesign. The company will be ditching its current aluminium chassis in favor of an all-glass body. It will also replace the IPS LCD on the handset with an AMOLED screen.
Apple had last used a glass design on the iPhone with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s. While the iPhone 4 design had led to the widely popular ‘antennagate,’ the company did solve all such issues with the iPhone 4s.
A phone made of glass will definitely help Apple in differentiating the iPhone from smartphones made by Android OEMs who are now very aggressively adopting the use of aluminium in their designs. However, a glass design always introduces some durability issues, since a phone made from glass can easily shatter due to a fall. So, it will be interesting to see how Apple works around this problem.
A previous report did also claim that Apple will be launching an iPhone with an all-glass design and a 5.8-inch AMOLED screen in 2017, and Kuo’s report today only adds further credence to them. Apple has reportedly already entered into a $2.6 billion deal with Samsung Display to supply 5.5-inch OLED panels beginning 2017.
It seems to me that the iPhone 7 — due to be unveiled later this year — will only offer minor upgrades and improvements over the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Apple has usually given the iPhone a huge design overhaul with every jump in version number, but if the leaks are anything to go by, the iPhone 7 will be more of an ‘s’ jump, with a waterproof design and lack of antenna bands at its rear likely being the key highlights. If true, it will surely not help Apple in reviving the dwindling sales of iPhones across the globe.
What do you think?