As it stands right now, one of the more common rumors regarding Apple’s 2017 iPhone plans suggests the company will launch three new handsets.
The first in that line is said to be a 4.7-inch model, while a 5.5-inch “Plus” model will also exist. And then, in the middle with a display reportedly measuring somewhere between 5.1 and 5.2 inches, is the third brand new addition to the mix. The 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhone 8 models will reportedly hold onto the LCD display technology, while the new handset is said to utilize OLED display technology.
Now, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is chiming in again, suggesting that Apple could make a few key changes in pricing and market position in 2017. Specifically, Kuo believes that the 4.7-inch LCD iPhone released next year could be called the “iPhone 7s,” and that Apple could market it as a new, “affordable” mid-range device.
In fact, Kuo believes that it’s possible Apple drops the price, by some measure, on both LCD-equipped models next year, including what he believes could be the “iPhone 7s Plus.” But that could put the Plus model in an awkward position as far as pricing goes, considering that particular model currently holds a $120 price increase over the smaller variant. If the OLED model is also smaller than the Plus model launched next year, Apple will certainly have to make it a point to distinguish the features in the new OLED model to warrant its higher price tag.
Which could be pretty easy for Apple, if the rumors are true. The iPhone 8, with an OLED display, is said to be a radical redesign for the iPhone lineup, lining up with the 10 year anniversary for the smartphone. Of course, there will apparently be similarities between models. It’s been reported that the 5.5-inch LCD iPhone 7s Plus, and the OLED-equipped iPhone 8 will feature dual-camera systems on the back. And, most recently, we heard that all the iPhone 8 models launched next year will boast glass casings to support wireless charging.
The Rumor Mill is certainly working overtime to paint an exciting picture for next year. Only a shame that we have to wait so many months to see it come to fruition.
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