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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out with a new report to clients Tuesday, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, that lays out his predictions for Apple’s 2017 iPhone refresh. The analyst is calling for a trio of new iPhones next fall, two of which should be upgraded versions of the current models with classic TFT-LCD screens.

As for a third model, it will boast all-new industrial design and utilize power-sipping organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology, according to the analyst’s note.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 8 should have a single-lens camera like its iPhone 7 counterpart while its 5.5-inch brethren is expected to rock dual cameras, according to the analyst.

The premium (and also very likely pricier) model should have dual cameras on the back and an OLED display on the front measuring 5.5 or 5.8 inches diagonally.

Previous reports from Kuo and other sources alleged that Apple might opt for a curved “3D” cover glass and a flexible OLED panel like that seen on Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones, helping create skinnier side bezels.

This is what the iPhone 8 lineup should be like, as per Kuo:

  • 4.7″ iPhone 8—single-lens camera and TFT-LCD display
  • 5.5″ iPhone 8—dual-lens camera and TFT-LCD display
  • 5.5″ iPhone 8—dual-lens camera, OLED display, all-new glass enclosure

From the report:

We look for new 2017 iPhones to come in three models: one OLED model and two TFT-LCD models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display. We believe the OLED and 5.5-inch TFT-LCD iPhones will feature dual-camera. Based on this prediction, our forecast of dual camera adoption rate in new 2017 iPhone models is revised up from 30-40 percent to 65-75 percent.

Other innovations like an in-screen Home/Touch ID button and putting the front camera and sensors behind the display itself are expected to result in drastically reduced top/bottom chins. Making those areas smaller than they are on current iPhones could permit Apple engineers to outfit the device with a 5.8-inch display without needing to enlarge the phone.

Indeed, if you ask Barclays analysts the premium iPhone 8 model’s screen 5.8-inch will be extended “vertically as well as horizontally” without making the entire device bigger.

As mentioned, the device should debut all-new industrial design with a glass on glass enclosure augmented by accentuated stainless steel edges. More than two-thirds of 2017 iPhones (between 65 and 75 percent) will have dual cameras, which will benefit a company called Largan that supplies lenses for the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus.

“We view this increase as favoring Largan’s sales and profit momentum as it is the exclusive supplier of wide-angle and telephoto lens. It also bodes well for Apple’s dual camera software ecosystem,” reads Kuo’s analysis.

Mockup via 3D artist Martin Hajek.

Source: MacRumors

  • Dany Quirion

    way too soon to be certain

  • John

    Sounds like last years rumour again with the iPhone 7. Can’t understand why people speculate and write articles on something they have no clue about and no evidence to support any of the claims.

  • h4nd0fg0d

    You have to believe super amoled is going to be a given, on which model who can say. Bottom line, I’ll be all over that shit. Not disappointed in the least with the performance of my 128 black 7+, tho a jb would be just as nice as a bj. Lol
    I believe to only offer amoled on a 3rd ultra-flagship model is another mistake and is an indicator of Apple’s continual lack of innovation. They’ve had ample time to procure amoled supply options.

    • Rowan09

      If they do this, it’s because of limited supply.

      • h4nd0fg0d

        I fully grasp your line of thinking. But I must say that given the status of amoled technology and availability, Apple’s supply constraints have been self induced by not taking the necessary precautions to ensure availability and viability. Mass multitudes of devices have employed amoled for years now. This its merely a product of Apple complacency and feet dragging. Inexcusable by my measure.

  • And the romuers started

    • Bugs Bunnay

      It has started even before iphone 7 came out >_<

  • Lit

    I feel like this person predicts like OLED every year…

  • Hussain Alsanona

    I think having two 5.5″ iPhones are bullshit and stupid. I don’t see any reason to make two model with just a display difference. Other than more premium price for the OLED modem of course.

    • h4nd0fg0d

      Really don’t think that would be Apple’s best revenue generating option.

  • ‫ליאור גולן‬‎

    No a good idea. all of the sizes has to have the same specs and visuality