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Ming-Chi Kuo: 2017 iPhone will ditch metal design for glass, add AMOLED display, wireless charging and more

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Ming-Chi Kuo: 2017 iPhone will ditch metal design for glass, add AMOLED display, wireless charging and more
With Apple having just taken off the wraps off the new iPhone SE alongside the 9.7-inch edition of the iPad Pro, we'll probably have to wait until the fall to see what Cupertino has in store for its next flagship smartphone. As ever, there's already been plenty of speculation as to what the fruit company may or may not be including with year's model, and resident Apple expert Ming-Chi Kuo has once again been at the heart of it. Now, the KGI Securities analyst believes that the iPhone line could be set for a major overhaul next year, including a departure from the largely metallic finish and a possible switch to AMOLED display technology.

The iPhone 4 and 4s deployed a profile that comprised mostly glass, right the way up until the iPhone 5 brought a metallic aesthetic. According to Kuo, Apple may revert back to a similar material utilized by some of its earlier efforts. He believes that Apple is also toying with the idea of plastic or ceramic, but foresees the firm eventually settling on glass.

This would be quite the u-turn from Apple given that a metal finish has adorned every iPhone since 2012, bar the plasticky iPhone 5c. Kuo believes the 2017 iPhone will have a glass front and back with a metal outer edge akin to the iPhone 4/4s, though the form factor and design will apparently be "completely new." As far as the display goes, Kuo offers the notion of Apple incorporating an AMOLED panel with at least one of the 2017's models.

This idea of AMOLED arriving so soon to the iPhone line-up somewhat counters Kuo's earlier predictions that Apple would wait until 2019 or later to dabble in the alternative display tech. The analyst believes that Apple may introduce a new 5.8-inch iPhone next year with AMOLED -- a device that will supposedly replace the current 5.5-inch model. It's unclear if the standard 4.7-inch iPhone will also be seeing this new panel, or whether the larger model effectively be used as a guinea pig.

The big changes don't end there, either. Next year's models could also include wireless charging along with biometric recognition tech (think face or iris-scanning). It goes without saying that such features been prevalent in the Android space for a number of years. But while the iPhone line has still continued to sell high numbers without these aspects, the counter-argument would be that Apple's famed smartphone brand has become a little stale -- a point difficult to refute given the iPhone SE's not-so-new design. 

Whilst Kuo is highly regarded in Apple rumor circles and has a great track record, it's worth remembering that these tidbits relate to products that likely won't see the light of day for another 18 months. With such a while to go, there's a good chance that even if the new info is accurate for now, it could well be subject to change.

Still, do you think Apple would be right to revert to a glass housing and roll with an AMOLED display next year? Let us know below!

source: 9to5Mac

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posted on 26 Mar 2016, 13:40 52

1. Arschsalat (banned) (Posts: 158; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)


...and they call it Samsung ^^

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 13:53 2

7. zeeBomb (Posts: 1728; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Ming seems like he works for apple with all these rumors that could actually be true LOL. we will forget that when apple unveils oled Samsung had that tech for years

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 14:01 23

10. OfficialAndroidOpinion (banned) (Posts: 19; Member since: 24 Mar 2016)


Apple is seriously a horrible company that resorts to child labor just to make a quick buck. Any person who purchases their crap should be considered just as cruel.

All they do is steal ideas and confuse their consumers into thinking it was theirs.

#WeKnowWhatYoureDoingApple

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 14:14 4

16. Wiencon (Posts: 1710; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


And they obviously started war in Syria so immigrants can steal cash from EU to buy iPhones

#thiscommentispointlessdontreaditbecauseyouwilllos​efoursecondsofyourlifewithoutchancetogetthistimeba​ckthisisnotbacktothefuturekid

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 15:29

34. tedkord (Posts: 9867; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


He's a reverse troll, like Norm. Ignore him.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 06:40 2

78. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


No he is not. Are you saying he spoke of BS? Wth is wrong with you? I thought you was the most unbiased person along with Remixfa and TyrionLanister and Sniggly?
Wtf when did Apple turn you into Thier indoctrination?

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 14:39 4

19. miket1737 (Posts: 2350; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


P.S, other companies like Samsung, LG, etc have been known to use child labor in the past

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 15:06 4

25. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7836; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Child labor isn't illegal in all country's. Please check local authorities for details.

Some country's only recently changed their laws.
Why should we care who makes them?

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 05:33 5

76. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2631; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


It might not be illegal, but most definitely immoral. Like those tax evasion schemes big cooperations use, legal but unethical.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 21:15 1

101. miket1737 (Posts: 2350; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


oh so it is still fine for children to work for f**king chump change and long hours too right assembling the phones you write essays about every single day?

Oh it isn't "illegal" in all countries... it is very immoral

Why should you care who makes them? well what if it was one of your own kids working long hours for chump change in a factory?

Your a clown man.

And to be honest, i would much rather not have a child assemble my beautiful flagship but someone who is older and has more expertise and can actually understand the job fully and just not being a child lol....

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 15:07

26. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7836; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Duplicate....

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 06:45

80. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


Why did Apple outsource to China rather than manufacture in the US? Because of cost, and why would costs be brought down, because those who make these 'phones are paid significantly less. Steve Jobs may have a mission to make us all buy, use and covert Apple products, but I wonder when this idealistic man sold his soul? Sorry Steve I'm sticking with my Nokia, I won't buy into your hypocrisy, I just wish your devotees would have an epiphany.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 03:34

103. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1012; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


Actually, that argument is rather BS, the price difference between an iphone manufactured in China vs one manufactured in the US is negligible. The excuse for a lot of companies is that the US labor cost is higher, however if you listen to the CEO of DOW, when his company considers a location, they don't care about labor costs(which is only about 8% of the company's expenditures), its about several other factors. Apple could manufacture the Iphone in the United States and still have over a 200% profit margin on it.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 15:28

33. tedkord (Posts: 9867; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


DIAF, Norm Jr.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 21:08

98. TheHitman1982 (Posts: 68; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


If you think Apple is the only company who has child labor you need to stop drinking the kool aid. ~ an android user

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 14:03 2

12. GreenMan (Posts: 754; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Apple is playing out safe!
We all are well aware that Samsung's curved display tech is mostly a dud... Remember Apple patented a curved display iPhone not so long ago?
Apple learnt a lesson and instead focused on force Touch...
Now its up to you to decide whether Apple is CAUTIOUS or a COWARD...
G'Day!

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 15:11 15

27. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7836; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Really? Lasy year the St Edge was the top selling for the S6. Just Shin lost his job because he didn't handle the demand for the S6 Edge because they didn't expect it to be as huge a seller.

This year the S7 Edge is selling faster then the S7. The Note 5 also was a huge seller. So I would say, as per usual you have no mideast what you're talking about.

Have a good day.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 03:05

70. GreenMan (Posts: 754; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


@TechieXP1969

Perhaps I wasn't clear enough...

Curved displays are a dud in a practical sense...

And just to enlighten you, people aren't buying Edges solely because of curved displays ...

You're a typical fan boy with a rather "curved" mind...

And you've my sympathy...

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 12:48 3

92. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


"people aren't buying Edges solely because of curved displays"

Then because of what other reason?

Explain why the S6 Edge outsold the S6 despite both having the exact same specs and features.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 20:50 2

60. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


do people really think Samsung invent AMOLED?

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 21:41 8

62. iushnt (Posts: 1482; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Anyone could have invented, not interested at all..But they surely revolutionized it

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 06:51 3

81. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


There is a big difference between Amoled, super Amoled and Amoled+. Apple just using cheap Amoled.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 21:09 1

99. TheHitman1982 (Posts: 68; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


to be honest you have no idea what apple is using.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 13:44 17

2. warrenellis93 (Posts: 146; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)


Wow 2017, just in time to be late to the party

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 20:45 1

59. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Samsung will sue them for using their dual glass body design.

tch, cheap Apple.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 13:46 32

3. Punchy506 (Posts: 55; Member since: 10 Jan 2016)


So the 2017 iPhone is going to be a 2015 Samsung? Cool, apples on the right track.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 13:52 4

6. GreenMan (Posts: 754; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


@Punchy506 Knowing Apple, The 2017 iPhone be a few steps ahead of The Samsung...

Apple has a knack of implementing new technology in the most innovative and practical way possible...

And that's coming from a Nexus user!

Us Nexus-iers tend to be open minded... Well, mostly...

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 14:56 20

22. Donone41 (Posts: 63; Member since: 17 Dec 2014)


Yea ok sheep. Samsung>>>>>>>>>>>apple.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 08:00 2

85. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


He loves Apple but uses a Nexus. He gives credit to Apple for everything, but never criticised Nexus phones.

Looks like he is a old aged guy who likes basic simple things in life. This guy hates technology.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 21:43 4

63. iushnt (Posts: 1482; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Nexus is plain featureless compared to Samsung. Use S7 or note 5 then see

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 06:42

79. Jairus24 (Posts: 44; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)


The most innovative? I don't think so.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 18:22 3

51. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG (Posts: 150; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


2015?

The ORiginal Galaxy S had AMOLED screens (2011).

Even the ones before that, whatever they were called.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 20:26 3

58. submar (Posts: 294; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


isheep will say Galaxy S copies iphone 2017.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 21:37 3

61. Punchy506 (Posts: 55; Member since: 10 Jan 2016)


Amoled with metal and glass build and no SD card, sounds like an s6 to me.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 09:43 2

88. Rocket (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


2008 to be exact.
The phone from the link below was my first smartphone and had (has bcz still works like new) Amoled screen.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_SPH-M900

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 09:47

89. Rocket (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


2009*

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 12:57

93. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


@KONICHIWA-ANNYONG

The original Galaxy S was in 2010.

And the 2015 Super AMOLED is leaps and bounds and way superior to 2010 Super AMOLED.

You should search to know the differences in each new SAMOLED in Samsung Galaxy S to S7.

Galaxy S6's Super AMOLED is stunning.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 05:02

105. stanislav (Posts: 131; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Siemens was the first company on the market that used AMOLED in phone back to 2005 or 2006, so samsung are stealing from them?

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 05:59

106. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG (Posts: 150; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


@stanivlav

If you're talking to me, no one is talking about 'stealing'. We are talking about 'using', and who did it first...

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 13:47 4

4. tarek1980 (Posts: 277; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Metal body + LCD screen

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 15:23 2

29. vincelongman (Posts: 3976; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Personally I want
Metallic glass + microLED

An example of metallic glass is liquid metal, used for the sim ejector, more information in this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oULkYytYPgs
Basically because they are harder than titanium alloys while being lighter as well

MicroLED is supposed to be on par with OLED, but not suffer from issues like burn-in or uneven ageing

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 16:20 2

42. BradyCrack (Posts: 434; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)


Unfortunately, MicroLED is a new technology and is suffering low yields. But I think at the end Apple will use this tech. Apple said it in their last event 'their products last" and they wouldn't release oled into the wild. I've also noticed another trend, Apple is known for releasing natural products. Lcd displays show better natural colours, while their camera shows real world colours.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 19:02 1

56. vincelongman (Posts: 3976; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


True
I don't expect either metallic glass or microLED for at least another 2 years, if not 5+ years

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 13:04 3

94. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


@BradyCrack

"Lcd displays show better natural colours"

Are you kidding?

Samsung's Super AMOLED is actually the most colour-accurate display on the market.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 13:48 2

5. GreenMan (Posts: 754; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


@Arschsalat No, they call it technology...

Although, Samsung beat them to it by a HUGE margin, I'd like to add...

Samsung invent, Apple improvise...

A win win for consumers!

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 13:55 10

8. BLUEBLASTER (Posts: 255; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)


Eh wont the 2017 model be the same as this years 2016 but with an S?

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 14:07

13. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


This doesn't feel like an S release. With the modest sales of the 6S, I think we might start seeing less S versions. I'd like to wait for this device but don't know if I can hold off on the iPhone 7. Just have to wait and see what they do this fall.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 13:56 1

9. platon09 (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


come on APPLE less bezel and glass design

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 14:08 20

14. Anonn (Posts: 230; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


Cheap imitators. Samsung innovate. Apple ifaggate.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 14:36 2

18. AlikMalix (Posts: 4830; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


So Samsung innovated amoled screens and glass on the back?

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 15:16 10

28. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7836; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


I don't think that is what is saying. Though they didn't invent amoled they did invent their own version.

Glass backs? Cars have glass backs.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 17:37 2

47. AlikMalix (Posts: 4830; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Well, there you go techie, when Apple implements a feature either it is completely different or their own - bunch of you go straight for " Apple didn't invent this - this was on some form on Samsung, or on 1990's computer or something like that".

But when Samsung starts using amoled because the tech surpassed their LCD screens recently - Apple is copying Samsung.

A bit double standard. Don't you think?

Apple started using LCD with iPhones because they were superior to LED screens and they improved LCD to the best it can do. LED screens have more room for improvement and I'll give Samsung it's due and say they improved it very well - so now it's time to move to a better screen.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 03:39 3

104. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1012; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


Apple did not improve LCD screens, their suppliers did.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 17:47 1

48. TechNeck (Posts: 237; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


I think LG did. Tbh.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 18:03 1

50. AlikMalix (Posts: 4830; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Tell that to post # 14. These people think Samsung invented everything.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 18:57 2

55. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


"Though they didn't invent amoled they did invent their own version."
- hypocritical comment of the year

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 21:54 1

64. iushnt (Posts: 1482; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Like how certain people think Apple invented iPhones and everyone else copped..

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 21:55

65. iushnt (Posts: 1482; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Edit: Smartphones *

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 18:22 5

52. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG (Posts: 150; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


Sigh... Apple fanboys being apple fanboys...

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 06:54

82. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


Lmfao
+1

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