According to a new note from KGI Securities, Apple is planning to overhaul its iPhone lineup this year.
Over the weekend, KGI Securities' Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, issued a note that claims that Apple plans to release a new iPhone with a glass casing, a curved AMOLED display, and wireless charging. "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 (sic) the edges," said Kuo in the note. "The difference is that the new model will likely come with a curved screen and curved glass casing, with other important features including a 5.8-inch AMOLED display, wireless charging, and more biometric recognitions (facial or iris). Given the curved design, the new model may look smaller than an existing 5.5-inch iPhone."
Previously, Kuo had indicated that Apple would likely hold off until 2018 for an AMOLED display. While he now believes that Apple has moved up the timetable, Kuo laid out two potential scenarios for the upcoming 2017 iPhones. If supplies of the AMOLED displays are sufficient, Kuo says that Apple will launch a 4.7-inch LCD-based iPhone, with a new 5.8-inch AMOLED iPhone as the larger, pricier option. If supplies are insufficient, Apple will make 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LCD-based iPhones, with the new 5.8-inch AMOLED iPhone as a high-end option. Apple may still decide to hold off on the AMOLED iPhone until 2018. Apple has not yet commented on these reports.
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