Apple iPhone 8 has been the subject of many discussions, including rumors and leaks. And now well-known and most accurate Apple analyst, KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo has published a new investor note laying out his 10 predictions for the upcoming iPhone lineup for 2017.
According to Kuo’s predictions, in 2017, Apple will roll out 3 iPhone models, including an all-new design 5.2-inch (or 5.8 inches) OLED iPhone, 4.7-inch LCD display, and 5.5-inch LCD display. This is not really new, and reports have indicated that Apple iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 8 is what will be revealed by the company this year.
Speaking of the display, Kuo says the iPhone 8 is supposed to take up most of the entire front. According to Kuo, the iPhone 8 will have “the highest screen-to-body ratio of any smartphone currently available worldwide.”
Kuo said the iPhone 8 will feature support for facial recognition, meaning a user should be able to look at his or her phone to unlock it.
Kuo said he believes that Apple’s iPhone 8, will feature a virtual home button that hides under the screen.
Interestingly, contrary to other reports, which had suggested Apple was trying to embed the fingerprint scanner into the screen, Kuo’s report predicts that the high-end iPhone 8 won’t have a fingerprint sensor embedded under the display. The reason is that this kind of technology still has some challenges, and requires “a more complex panel and pixel design” for the OLED. This is in
Kuo also predicts that iPhone 8 will come with improved selfie quality and speaker performance. While the Lightning Port will stay, the analyst predicts an “embedded USB-C power delivery” could also be there for higher charging efficiency.
Kuo is also predicting that the 32GB model could be gone, and Apple will make 64GB and 256GB storage as the options. “Three new models will all come with 64GB and 256GB storage options.”
Kuo also predicts that Apple may unveil the three models simultaneously in September, but not have any physical stock of the OLED iPhone 8 until after the release of the LCD models.