The next iPhone, believed to be the iPhone 7, isn’t even official yet but it looks like information about the 2017 iPhone is already brewing in the rumour mill. According to reports, the 2017 iPhone will feature a curved glass, a larger 5.8” AMOLED display, and more.
The report comes from Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known analyst from KGI Securities that is reputable for leaking Apple information ahead of the launch. He says that the 2017 iPhone will look similar to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s with glass on the front and back, and metal in the middle, but instead of a square design, Apple will use a rounded panel. Apple will also increase the size of the display to 5.8”, and use AMOLED display to fit the new design language.
On the inside, Ming-Chi Kuo says that the Cupertino company will use wireless charging (finally!), and a new biometric recognition technology like face and iris scanning. Sadly though, he did not go into details on how it would work because I don’t think using a Retina Flash on the front-facing camera would be comfortable in dark environment. Hopefully, this is where Apple’s patents for facial recognition technology and its recent purchase of Emotient and Faceshift come into work.
This sounds like an interesting approach for Apple, but let’s hope that this does not mean that Apple will stick to the same iPhone 6/6s design for its upcoming iPhone 7 that is expected to be announced later this year.