A 2017 iPhone could feature an AMOLED display with curved glass, according to AppleInsider.
The site quotes a note to investors from KGI analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo. He believes along with a curved screen, there will be a change in the materials used for the phone as a way to stand out from the competition. Its design will be more along the lines of the “glass sandwich” iPhone 4 and 4s. Kuo said that Apple will use glass because “the material is easy to mold and boasts properties that facilitate thin-and-light form factor designs”.
This new AMOLED display will be 5.8 inches and we could see it either this year or next year. If enough panels are made for the display, then this new iPhone will replace the current iPhone 6s Plus. If not, it will be released next year as a sort of ‘premium’ device in the line-up.
AppleInsider also discusses that the next generation iPhone will reportedly have wireless charging and a face scanning technology. The latter has been on Android for a few years now so it will be interesting to see how Apple has implemented it, if this rumour is true.
As with all rumours, take them with a pinch of salt. Normally, Apple’s major design changes happen every two years so if this new iPhone is going to be announced in 2017, there will not be too many major changes to this year’s devices- so Apple would have to change the refresh cycle. Let’s wait and see.