THIS YEAR'S iPhone 7 might still not be a real thing, but that hasn't stopped rumours swirling about Apple's 2017 smartphone line-up.
Blame KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has penned a note to investors about Apple's so-called iPhone 7S and 7S Plus.
The note, seen by Apple Insider, seems to suggest that this year's iPhone 7 won't offer the radical redesign that many had hoped, with Apple instead holding off until the following year when it will debut the curved-glass-clad iPhone 7S.
Kuo also says the phone will feature a "completely new form factor design" with narrower bezels than the iPhone 6S and a "more comfortable grip."
The firm is also reportedly casting its eye over plastic and ceramic alternatives, but Kuo expects the firm to opt for glass given that it's easy to mould and lightweight.
According to Kuo, the 2017 smartphone will feature a design similar to that of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, but Apple will reportedly rid of the brick-like aesthetic in favour of curved glass panels for the front and back of the handset
Echoing previous speculation, Kuo also claims that, in another first, the iPhone 7S will offer an AMOLED display. According to earlier rumours, Apple is rushing through a switch to AMOLED in a bid to fuel "stagnating" iPhone sales, as the technology will allow the firm to make thinner and more flexible displays, which will also be more power efficient.
What's more, if Apple can ramp up production in time, Kuo notes that a 5.8in AMOLED-equipped model could replace the current 5.5in model. Otherwise, it'll likely launch as a top-end add-on to the smartphone line-up.
"If the supply of AMOLED panel is sufficient, we believe it is more likely that the first scenario will happen, in which case a 5.8in AMOLED model will entirely replace the 5.5in TFT-LCD iPhone," Kuo said.
If Kuo's predictions are on-point, you can also expect the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus to offer wireless charging and new biometric recognition technology, which could include iris-scanning functionality similar to that offered by Microsoft's Windows Hello feature. µ
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