Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company in their research claim that Apple will be launching three new “feature-rich” iPhone variants later this year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. The analyst has based his claim on the information received from Apple’s supply chain.
Similar to other analysts and rumors, Arcuri says that Apple will release three new iPhones with varying screen sizes: 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch, and 5.8-inch. He notes that the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch ‘iPhone 7s’ variants would be the successor to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, with the 5.8 iPhone variant being dubbed the ‘iPhone 8.’
The 5.8-inch iPhone 8 will make use of a “wraparound” OLED screen that is curved on its edges, similar to what we have seen on many high-end Samsung phones like the Galaxy S7 edge and Note 7. The analyst further claims that to achieve a bezel-less design on the handset, Apple will be integrating the Touch ID sensor, earpiece, and front-facing FaceTime HD camera into the OLED display itself.
For the sensor, Apple may have to use Synaptics’ optical fingerprint sensor since that is the only technology currently available in the market that can work through the display cover glass. The handset will also come with some form of facial recognition that will make use of an infrared and laser sensor located near the front-facing camera.
The iPhone 8 is expected to suffer from supply issues due to the yield issues of key components, including the OLED display that Apple will be sourcing from Samsung.
Arcuri’s note corroborates many of the previous rumors and leaks surrounding the iPhone 8. Apple is expected to debut a new all-glass design sandwiching a stainless steel chassis with the new iPhones this year. This new design will allow Apple to offer wireless charging on the handsets, which will be another key selling point for them.[Via AppleInsider]