(Rumor) I gathered the rumor of iPhone 8 or X or 7s

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“What will happen in the autumn in 2017?”

Soon there have been rumors of “iPhone 8 or X or 7s?” From various sites, but I was interested too, so I tried to summarize myself. It is “rumor” to the last. It would be greatly appreciated if you could read with a comfortable feeling.

Rumor

Overview

Apple plans to update the large iPhone planned for 2017.
Built-in glass body and edge-to-edge OLED display, Touch ID fingerprint sensor and front camera are built in. We can position this OLED model as a “premium model” and furthermore it will be sold with 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch iPhone (which followed the standard, conventional model).

* Expected functions and variations *

  • 5.8 inch OLED display
  • One OLED model and two standard models
  • Faster A11 processor
  • Glass body
  • Edge to edge display
  • Camera integrated with display and Touch ID
  • Home button abolition (some models)
  • Wireless charging

* Details *

  • OLED’s iPhone 8 is positioned as a “premium model” of 5.8 inches. It may be sold with standard 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch iPhone models with conventional LCD screen. These three models include glass body and wireless charging.
  • I anticipate that OLED iPhone will be expensive. There are rumors that there are multiple rumors that this “premium model” will be sold for over $ 1000, which is more expensive than the previous iPhone.
  • The iPhone 8 is expected to have water resistance (IP68). This means that it can withstand rain, splashed water, and brief inundation into the water.
  • The iPhone 8 may adopt the USB-type C port instead of the Lightning connector.
  • The iPhone 8 will be equipped with a 10-nanometer A11 chip.
  • The iPhone 8 may also adopt “biometric additional function” such as wireless charging, iris, facial, gesture recognition etc.
  • The front camera of the iPhone 8 includes a 3D detection function using PrimeSense technology, enabling recognition of the face and iris.
  • The iPhone 8 is currently under development, it is highly likely to be released in the fall of 2017, and specific specifications will be clarified several months before the launch.

naming

In accordance with Apple’s standard naming plan, it marked “s” to only show changes in internal design. If so, the 2017 iPhone should be called “iPhone 7s”. However, if Apple makes major changes to the iPhone in 2017, there is a possibility that the iPhone 2017 version will be “8”.

2007 – iPhone
2008 – iPhone 3G
2009 – iPhone 3GS
2010 – iPhone 4 (New design)
2011 – iPhone 4s
2012 – iPhone 5 (New design)
2013 – iPhone 5s
2014 – iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (New design)
2015 – iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
2016 – iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
2017 – iPhone 8 (New design?)

iPhone 8 is a tentative name of this device and has not been confirmed yet, but it seems to be the most realistic naming selection in the major update. However, Apple can confuse users by generating three iPhone models in 2017. For two basic devices, there is a possibility that it will be the same style as the existing iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, so the possibility of being called “iPhone 7s” and “iPhone 7s Plus” is strong. In that case, there is the possibility of becoming a lineup of “iPhone 7s” “iPhone 7s Plus” “iPhone 8” (or iPhone X and iPhone Pro).

Design

For iPhone 8, Apple is rumored to break away from the aluminum used since 2012 to distinguish the iPhone from previous devices. Apple is going to adopt the glass-back body used for the iPhone 4. Glass is more fragile and heavier than aluminum, but glass technology has made great progress, for example Gorilla Glass is more robust and less prone to breakage than ever. It is expected that there will be three versions of the iPhone, a “premium” 5.8 inch OLED model in multiple rumors, and two standard LCD devices, including 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch size. In the “premium” model, the possibility of adopting glass is high, but the other two models are unknown. The premium model is expected to have edge-to-edge design, 5.8 inch display with 5.15 inch usable area, and virtual buttons replacing existing home buttons.

The display itself is said to be flexible plastic OLED rather than liquid crystal. We can introduce thin type devices with low power consumption and provide “high contrast ratio, color fidelity display”. Also, as with the Galaxy S7 edge, there may be possibilities of curved edges on both sides, but it is unknown at this point (as of March 2017).

For the body, there is a possibility that glass like “iPhone 4” will be adopted from aluminum used by Apple on iPhones 5, 5s, 6, 6s, 7 and SE.
※ For this body, expectations are divided.

KGI Securities Analyst
Ming-Chi Kuo

Mr. Kuo predicts that a premium model iPhone uses a stainless steel frame, and in other models it uses an aluminum frame, but we believe that all three models will use glass.

DigiTimes
(DIGITIMES daily IT news)

To raise the robustness of the iPhone 8, it is expected to adopt a glass body with a stainless steel frame, citing sources of information in Taiwan’s supply chain.

Nikkei

IPhone Expect to use glass for all three models.

Catcher Technology CEO
Allen Horng
(Apple supplier)

In 2017, “only one model” only adopted the glass, other models are expected to be a non-glass iPhone.

Mac Otakara

4.7 inch and 5.5 inch As “iPhone 7s (tentative name)” and “iPhone 7 Plus (tentative name)” are named “s”, they are expected to sell with almost the same design as iPhone 7.

Water resistant

IPhone 8 is characterized by IP68 water resistance, and it is further improved than IP 67 obtained with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Like the Galaxy S7 edge which gained IP68 certification, the iPhone 8 can withstand 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes, and is also thoroughly protected against dust.

Mockup Concept

Although it is still too early to leak the iPhone 8, many designers are introducing videos of the mock-up concept, imagining how the iPhone 8 looks based on the current rumors.

Display

At least one iPhone 8 model will be equipped with an OLED display and has already made a contract with Samsung. Samsung plans to provide an estimated 160 million OLED panel to Apple. This accounts for about 80% of all panels used for the device. Since other companies such as AU Optronics, Sharp, Japan Display are not ready for production until 2018, 2017 relies heavily on Samsung. OLED displays eliminate the need for backlights used in traditional LCDs, so Apple can reduce the thickness and weight of the display used in the device. Since the OLED display is also flexible, it is possible to create a device with “more curved display” or “wrapped display”. OLED displays will offer “better contrast ratio than LCD” “real color” “improved viewing angle” “maximize battery life” “better power efficiency” “faster response time”. As for the drawbacks, the OLED display has a shorter lifespan than the LCD display and is more susceptible to water damage.
By the way Apple already adopts OLED display with Apple Watch.

KGI Securities Analyst
Ming-Chi Kuo

The OLED iPhone 8 is equipped with a 5.8 inch display.
By not using the bezel, the 5.8 inch display is expected to be the same size as the 4.7 inch iPhone 7.

IHS Analyst
Kevin Wang

Based on the information of the Asian supply chain, we anticipate that the 2017 iPhone will be equipped with “dual curve OLED display”.

USB Type-C instead of Thunderbolt ?

USB Type-C may be adopted in the 2017 iPhone.

KGI Securities Analyst
Ming-Chi Kuo

It is expected to implement the USB Type-C power supply technology and will provide a fast charge function that allows the iPhone to charge more quickly.

processor

It is reported that TSMC has secured all orders for A11 chips.
In addition to downsizing the A11 chip, it will be faster and more energy efficient.

Wireless charging

Recent forecasts are considered to be inductive wireless (similar to Apple Watch) charging solution.
In February, Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium and is working on the open development of the Qi wireless charging standard widely adopted in devices like Samsung Galaxy. Also, Apple has applied for dozens of patents on inductive charging.

Mac Otakara

Wireless charging is expected to be adopted only for high-end OLED iPhone.

KGI Securities Analyst
Ming-Chi Kuo

Regardless of the wireless charging method, it is expected that all new iPhones, such as 4.7 inch model, 5.5 inch model, high-end OLED model, will support wireless charging.

Storage

Samsung’s NAND flash memory will be installed on iPhone 8. On iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple introduced a 256 GB storage option. It may be added to iPhone 8 in the same way.
In addition, iPhone 8 is expected to develop two variations, 64 GB and 256 GB.

RAM

Like iPhone 7 Plus, we anticipate 3 GB of RAM will be installed on iPhone 8.

Taptic engine

Nikkei

The enhanced Taptic engine is one of the features that can be installed in the iPhone in 2017, and Apple is said to be working on “high-performance motors that can produce more complicated tactile vibrations”.

3D Touch

When Apple implements a glass body for the iPhone and introduces at least one OLED display, a new 3D Touch technology will be require.

KGI Securities Analyst
Ming-Chi Kuo

In order to lower the heat of the iPhone it is necessary to use a new 3D Touch Module with “additional graphite sheet lamination”.

Battery life

It is said that Apple plans to design a stacked logic board that supports longer battery life. Its improved logic board provides the same battery life as conventionally available with 4.7 inch iPhone, and 5.5 inch iPhone. With the premium iPhone 8, you can further improve battery life by using more energy efficient OLED panels.

Rear camera

KGI Securities Analyst
Ming-Chi Kuo
Mr. kuo predicted that the single camera will be installed in the 4.7 inch iPhone, the dual lens camera will be mounted in the 5.5 inch model and the OLED model. We believe that Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) will be installed on both wide-angle lens and telephoto lens.

By the way, in the iPhone 7 Plus, only wide-angle lenses are equipped with OIS. If Apple adopts the LG camera module, the iPhone 2017 camera will support 3D photo effects.

Mac Otakara

The premium model is expected to adopt a new vertical dual camera instead of a horizontal dual camera system.

Front camera

The front camera of the iPhone 8 is an innovative system consisting of three modules that realize 3D detection function with PrimeSense technology. The camera includes an infrared sending module, an infrared receiving module, and a conventional camera. With the addition of infrared, the camera can find the position and depth of the object placed on the front of the technology that can be used for recognition of the face and iris and for future AR functions.

KGI Securities Analyst
Ming-Chi Kuo

IPhone 8 is expected to be equipped with advanced biometrics functions such as face recognition and iris scanning.

DigiTimes

Apple expects to introduce new fingerprint recognition technology developed internally.
iPhone 8 includes iris scanning technology and it is expected that users can unlock devices with eye scan.

Cowen Company Analyst
Timothy Arcuri

iPhone 8 is expected to be equipped with a face and gesture recognition function.

JP Morgan Analyst
Rod Hall

Apple expects to remove the Touch ID of iPhone 8 and replace it with “3D face recognition function” using front facing 3D laser scanner.

Siri

DigiTimes
(DIGITIMES daily IT news)

The function of Siri may be enhanced.
I do not know exactly what the extended versions of Siri can do, but I anticipate that the ability to respond to contextual requirements and other dialogue will be refined globally.

Release date

Apple has been updating the iPhone in September for the past few years, so if you go with it in the future, iPhone 8 will appear in September of 2017.
Apple’s suppliers have already begun parts production for iPhone 8.

Future iPhone ……

After 2018, Apple expects LG’s folding display. LG plans to begin mass production of foldable displays for smartphones in 2018 and is rumored to be partner with Apple. It is also rumored that we are considering partnership with Japan Display. Japan Display is developing a “flexible LCD panel” that will be ready in 2018, which will be usable in the future iPhone model. In the future Apple is said to aim to produce not only high-end models but also all iPhones with OLED displays, but all OLED lineup will take at least 2019 years.
In addition, Apple will add the iris scanning function to the iPhone. This can be used instead of Touch ID. As with fingerprints, each person’s iris is unique, so iris scanning can be used for identification purposes. Since iris scanning is also a feature rumored also in the 2017 iPhone, it is unknown when the iPhone will add this function at any time.

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