KGI: 5.8″ AMOLED iPhone with iPhone 4-like curved glass design due in 2017

By , Mar 28, 2016

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Last month, supply chain sources claimed Apple was working to launch a 5.8-inch iPhone featuring rigid AMOLED display panels some time in 2017.

And now, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said pretty much the same thing in his most recent analysis issued to clients yesterday, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider.

The device should have a curved glass casing similar to the design of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s and a “completely new form factor design” with narrow bezels providing a “more comfortably grip.”

“We expect the 2017 new iPhone model to adopt a structural design similar to that of iPhone 4/4s, meaning it will be equipped with glass on both the front and back sides, and a metal frame surrounded the edges,” reads Kuo’s note to clients.

That rumored iPhone should also have a curved screen, too, but overall the device may look smaller than the 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus due to the rumored narrower bezels and optimized design.

Other features mentioned in Kuo’s report include wireless charging and even stuff like facial or iris recognition as an additional layer of biometric security.

In addition to glass, Apple is experimenting with plastic and ceramic casings but glass is their preferred material because “plastic doesn’t offer thin and light form factor designs, and it would be not easy to precisely control the tolerance of ceramic.”

Apple could either market a 5.8-inch AMOLED iPhone as a replacement for the current generation’s 5.5-inch model or add it to the lineup as a new flagship model if it faces constrained supply of AMOLED panels.

“If the supply of AMOLED panel is sufficient, we believe it is more likely that the first scenario will happen, in which case a 5.8-inch AMOLED model will entirely replace the 5.5-inch TFT-LCD iPhone,” Kuo said.

Long used on Samsung’s Galaxy S series and some other high-end Android devices, AMOLED technology provides better screen visibility at direct sunlight, crisper colors and deeper blacks while consuming a fraction of the power of the traditional LCD IPS technology employed on all iOS devices to date.

Source: AppleInsider

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  • Greg Warren

    I want it to be real, but let’s use our brains for a minute. They’re predicting a redesign will come out in 2017; a traditional “S” year, when external re-designs don’t happen, and the focus shifts to the internals. This seems pretty far fetched.

    • lou111

      Every rule can be changed. Apple is too predictible, maybe it’s time to change some rutine. Every other company knows when Apple doing their premieres, so it’s easier to be quicker with innovations. Look at Huawei and Samsung.
      Also, Next iPhone should be named with fresher names. iPhone SE is the first iPhone without number, so maybe we won’t have iPhone 7? Maybe there will be some “iPhone S” or “iPhone X, iPhone Pro”?

      btw. One time there was a “The new iPad” and… how it was even possible? so stupid 🙂 Even Steve Jobs made a stupid mistakes. But now, for sure, we need some refresh with iPhones.

      • Gary le

        Thats what im thinking buddy. IPhone 7 pro and iPhone 7+ pro.

    • JayDee917

      Honestly with this years iPhone sounding more like an iPhone 6SS (same dimensions, same screen size/bezel/resolution/tech, same overall design just slightly different attenna lines and thinner with updated internals), I really think they must be holding back for something special next year.

      • BAiNZy3

        That’s why I might hold on to my 6+ until then and not the 7 i.e. “6ss”.
        I got this on the 25/09/15 (on the day of Realise ). So With that in mind I really don’t want to continue with this quite frankly “poor (ergonomic) design” for another 2 years.

        I desperately want a design change like that of the iPhone 4 on my next upgrade, before I didn’t know but this post shows how they would do that, thanks iDB

  • Gregg

    An iPhone per that rendering would be sick!

  • Gabriel Anaya

    I really hope not. This would probably make the iPhone lineup more confusing for the end customer. Apple was known for simplicity in both software and their hardware lineup. I know people like different sizes but I think 3 sizes (with new SE) is enough. And I really hope that the AMOLED display is rolled out across all devices instead of just being reserved for the biggest and probably the most expensive iPhone this will be at the time of release.

    • Manuel Molina

      I think iPhone’s would be great with AMOLED as well. I have the Edge S7 and you can definitely see a different in the screen colors and crisp look compared to the iPhone 6S. Still like iOS, a nicer looking screen would make it a bit better.

      • h4nd0fg0d

        Ya, bye bye backlit LCD and bezels. Edge to edge ftw, finally.

  • jhembach

    What part of the iPhone 4’s glass casing was curved, exactly?

    • Bill

      That’s what I was wondering. The 4/4S was flat in every way.

    • h4nd0fg0d

      Realizing how erroneous the statement was, I’d assume it merely implies that the glass will be edge rounded as the iPhone 6/6s’ screens are. Best guess anyhow. Logical, no?

    • tariq

      I was thinking of the s7 edge design when I read the words curved & AMOLED

  • h4nd0fg0d

    ‘If the supply of AMOLED screens can be met.’ Is that a serious statement considering that the tech has been around for a long long time now and we’re talking for 2017. If they are in short supply that would be most pathetic as most Apple related issues are.

    • Gary le

      Dont forget Apple is really anal (can be a good/bad thing) on quality lol.

      • h4nd0fg0d

        I’m fully aware and fully agree but in all honesty we’re talking about tech that is miles from infancy. Probably a design issue with incorporating current LCD 3D touch with AMOLED tech.

  • Fardeen Beharry

    im getting less and less excited about his year iphone

  • n0ahcruz3

    Definitely not getting this years iPhone lol i trust ming chi kuo than others lol his track record when it comes to apple, his predictions are spot on.

  • Your Mother

    A curved glass front and back, large AMOLED display with wireless charging??

    Isn’t there already a phone or two already available with these features?

  • Mike

    Is it only me or does this phone look like the Note 5 and with the same specs

  • Rook HD

    I predict the 2050 iphone will have a complete redesign, with a iphone 29-like design

    • h4nd0fg0d

      Oh, shit. I completely forgot to laugh.

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  • tariq

    100% sure iPhone 4 and 4S is not what he meant to put when referring to curved glass, that’s more like i6 and after.. Only part that adds up to i4(s) reference is the idea of dual glass