Recent reports have added weight to rumors that claim Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) next iPhone will be an all-glass handset with wireless charging. The new details are supported by Ming-Chi Kou of KGI Securities — a trusted conveyor of Apple developments. Apple has noticeably shied away from indulging in many premium handset trends. This has included standard wireless charging and OLED displays. These two aspects alone have caused tons of backlash among iPhone fans, who are beginning to notice better features on the iPhone’s leading rivals.
However, the iPhone 8 (or iPhone X) promises to be a revolutionary gadget if the rumors are anything to go by. But wireless charging has only been seen on phones with metal or plastic bodies. Judging from reports, Apple Inc. should be among the first tech company’s to incorporate wireless charging within a glass-chassis smartphone.
Apple skips naming trend.
Fans of Apple, or anyone who follows the company’s naming trends, can’t be blamed for expecting the 2017 iPhone to be called the iPhone 7S. Looking at the handset’s naming conventions, an S upgrade follows every new generation release. However, according to KGI Securities, this will not be the case. Next Fall will mark a decade of iPhone production. Bearing this, it is believed that an S upgrade would be too mild a gadget for what will be Apple’s 10th anniversary phone.
Apple is expected to jump straight to the next number and the 2017 iPhone could be called the iPhone 8. There are other pieces of talk floating around online forums, calling the device the iPhone X. Weighing the significance of the product and its alleged revolutionary features, analysts are certainly swaying toward the iPhone X title.
Glass iPhone 8
Apple has not encased its iPhones in glass since the iPhone 4S half a decade ago. The company is highly rumored to be giving the concept another go. How Apple plans to do this without significantly effecting the weight and durability of the iPhone is a concern for some analysts. However, the use of innovative glass, like Gorilla Glass, is coming to the fore and especially seen on many premium handsets. Experts say a glass iPhone is right up Apple’s ally as it would regather the device’s lost appeal while staying in-line with the firm’s obsession with slimmer and lighter products.
The glass would also enhance the device’s chargeability. Reports highlight that glass, unlike plastic or metal, can enable wireless charging at greater speeds “with minimum disruption from frequency interface.”
OLED screens from Apple
Apple is also expected to finally be making the jump to OLED screen next year. The technology has long been used on modern handsets with Apple holding back on it. KGI claims the device will come in three versions next year, with the two normal iPhones equipped with LCD screens and another flaunting an OLED display.
OLED offers a few distinct advantages over LED and LCD. The display tech gives better visuals. Light colors are visibly brighter and darker shades gain more depth. It also allows for better viewing angles.
OLED is a lot more flexible. This has allowed curved displays like those seen on Samsung’s flagships to flourish. Beyond looks, the screen tech is contributes to the device’s durability. OLED displays are less likely to scratch and crack. Faster responses can be derived from OLED as well.
Cost for Apple
The biggest reason for Apple holding back on these innovations is cost. The company is looking at reduced profits for the foreseeable future as iPhone sales continue to dwindle. This year saw the company’s first dip in revenue since 2001. Adding to the cost of manufacturing won’t ideally boost profits unless these enhances bring the iPhone back to its former craze. OLED screens are viewed as better, but they cost more. The same is true for glass-encased devices. Right now, Tim Cook and his company are faced with lowering profits or letting rivals run away with the market.
“We don’t know whether Apple’s OLED iPhones will be a hit,” said Tai Jeng-wu, president at Sharp. However, “if Apple doesn’t walk down this path and transform itself, there will be no innovation. It is a crisis but it is also an opportunity.”
The bulk of the reports covering the 2017 iPhone are based on rumor and expert commentary. The company itself has had very little to say about the product. Other rumors include and iris scanner and the home button being incorporated into the screen. However, only next Fall will reveal how far predictions were from the truth. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has repeatedly proven that it knows its own business better than expect speculators.