In his latest note to investors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple will be launching three new models of the iPhones in 2017. The analyst expects that Apple will be seeing “unprecedented” demand for new iPhones in 2017, with the handsets surpassing the sales record set by the iPhone 6 in 2014.
In total, the analyst estimates Apple can ship anywhere between 120-150 million units of the new iPhones in the second half of next year.
As per the note, Apple will be launching three different iPhones in 2017. The new high-end iPhone will feature a curved OLED display, glass chassis and wireless charging that will make it a big hit among premium and loyal customers. The other two models will be successor of the existing 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models. The 4.7-inch iPhone, however, will lack an OLED display, though it will come with glass chassis and wireless charging thereby making it a hit among the lower-end of the premium smartphone market.
If the note is anything to go by, Apple seems to be planning on phasing out the iPhone SE with its 4.7-inch iPhone 8 next year. By not keeping an OLED display, the company will be able to keep the price of the handset lower than the other two variants.
Apple is rumored to switch to a glass chassis for the iPhone 8 in 2017. The premium Plus version of the handset is also expected to sport a curved OLED display that will be larger than 5.5-inches. All three models of the phone will also feature wireless charging, though it remains unclear for now if the technology will be truly wireless or not.