In Apple’s last financial report, the company revealed that it had suffered its first sales dip in 13 years as the iPhone and iPad failed to do as well as Apple had hoped. As a result, a recent report suggests that Apple is moving away from a yearly refresh of their handsets to a more broad three-year cycle.
According to Chinese newspaper, Nikkei, who’s usually spot-on with rumours such as this, the Cupertino company is said to be considering moving the iPhone refresh cycle to once every three years. The reason is due to lack of major advances in smartphone hardware, and that the need to upgrade to the latest handset becomes less.
It would make sense as the only real difference between previous phone generations is speed, with more RAM, better processors, cameras, and power efficiency, which is definitely an improvement, sure, but it hardly warrants and upgrade year-on-year.
This year’s iPhone has already seen enough rumours float around, with an apparent dual-camera set up, the removal of the headphone jack, as well as a brand new all-glass design, edgeless display, and the removal of the home button, though it’s worth taking all of these, and the above, with a pinch of salt.