Despite the excellent upgrades from its predecessors, the iPhone 7 is regarded as a disappointment by many. The capacitive home button, the improved dust and water resistance, the obligatory faster processor, and the Plus model's dual-lens camera are considered as merely incremental upgrades that are underwhelming at best.
Three months in since launch and now that the iPhone 7 hype has considerably waned down, the public is eagerly looking ahead instead to what Apple has up its sleeve for the next version of the iPhone. Considering 2017 marks the iPhone's 10-year anniversary, next year's model has to be revolutionary, not evolutionary, to wow the public once again like it did a decade ago.
It's a tall order for Apple, for sure, but the rumors look promising. We rounded quite a lot of these iPhone 8 rumors these past few weeks and they are exciting indeed. Talk of an all-glass body, wireless charging, and a borderless screen abound and these radical changes are already igniting fan interest.
Now, iPhone fans have even more reasons to be excited. Recent leaks from famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities confirms that a radical new iPhone is on its way.
According to Kuo's research note obtained by MacRumors:
- The next generation of iPhones will definitely feature unibody glass bodies.
- The switch to the all-glass casings will allow wireless charging.
- Three 2017 iPhone versions will be launched, a new 4.7-inch model, the 5.5-inch Plus model and a new 5.8-inch model.
- The 5.8-inch model will feature the highly-anticipated all-new edgeless OLED screen.
Kuo adds that the new 4.7-inch and the OLED 5.8-inch iPhones that feature an "all-new-design form factor and notably superior specs" are predicted to break the records set by the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014.
Another credible rumor from Makotara suggests that Apple will finally remove the home button from the iPad and iPhone in 2017. This will allow for significantly thinner bezels and the radical edgeless screen that may grace the iPhones next year.
Those are just a few of the features rumored to be coming to the 2017 iPhone. I'm sure we will hear of many more before it is actually released. Keep checking our Happening Now section for all updates.