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iPhone 8 rumors: Return to a stainless steel chassis and glass front-and-back

Caitlin McGarry,Oscar Raymundo | Jan. 11, 2017
Rumors are already swirling about the “revolutionary” 2017 iPhone. Here’s all the latest.

New red color?

The rumor: Reports that Apple has three new iPhones in the works for 2017: iterative iPhone 7s and 7s Plus updates and a completely redesigned all-glass iPhone 8. Conflicting rumors have different features in each phone, but here’s a new one: The 7s and 7s Plus will come in a brand new crimson color. According to Japanese Apple-centric site Macotakara, the S-model phones will be available in red in addition to the standard black, jet black, rose gold, gold, and silver.

Plausible? Could be. Macotakara has a decent track record with Apple product rumors, predicting the phase-out of the iPhone headphone jack ahead of the pack. The blog cites Taiwanese suppliers who also say the 7s and 7s Plus will look the same as the 7 and 7 Plus, though KGI Securities says the opposite: that each of the 2017 models will be all-glass and have wireless charging.

Wireless charging?

The rumor: We’re beginning to hear corroborations of earlier rumors. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is doubling-down on his prediction that the 2017 iPhone will have all-glass casing. According to Kuo, Apple is switching to glass in order to facilitate wireless charging. Even though some metal and plastic smartphones have wireless charging, using glass is faster and there are fewer frequency disruptions.

Good news: Kuo now expects Apple to put wireless charging in all of its 2017 iPhones, including the next-generation 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the 7 and 7 Plus. Apple could decide to limit the feature to its anticipated 5.8-inch bezel-less iPhone 8, but with the 7s and 7s Plus expected to be remade with all-glass casing, the addition of wireless charging might encourage more people to upgrade.

Kuo is counting on it. According to supply chain rumors, more iPhones are expected to be produced in the latter half of 2017 than ever before. Suppliers are reportedly getting ready to churn out 120-150 million iPhones, beating out the 110-120 million iPhone 6 models produced in late 2014.

Plausible? Yes. The addition of wireless charging was one of the first reliable rumors we heard about the forthcoming iPhone 8, and we’ll undoubtedly keep hearing about it until the device is released next year. If Apple is really committed to wireless charging, then switching to an all-glass casing also makes sense. It explains why Apple would choose to switch to glass in the first place. While the smaller iPhones might lack OLED due to production constraints, putting wireless charging in each model would go a long way toward making the next iPhone a must-buy.

A curved screen?

The rumor: The iPhone 8 could have a curved screen, meaning that it bends slightly around the edges. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is asking suppliers to created prototypes with curved OLED displays that have a higher resolution that Samsung phones. An iPhone with a OLED display will most likely be a more expensive, higher-end model. In addition, Apple is testing over 10 prototypes for the forthcoming device, which is speculated to include “radical” new features to mark the iPhone’s 10th year anniversary in 2017.

 

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