Apple is planning big changes to its iPhone lineup next year, according to a report today that cites a new note from respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Kuo expects Apple to release an iPhone with glass on the top and bottom, an AMOLED display, and support for wireless charging, according to 9to5Mac. The body and the display will be curved. This would make the iPhone more closely resemble Samsung’s Galaxy Edge smartphone. Apple will also launch a 5.8-inch iPhone next year, Kuo reportedly wrote.
The implication of Kuo’s forecast is that the iPhone 7, which is set to launch this fall, might not be that big of a departure from earlier models. Instead, the big change will come next year.
Update at 6:23 p.m. Pacific: Kuo’s note says there are two possible scenarios, Mikey Campbell of AppleInsider told VentureBeat in an email. The first scenario is that Apple would launch a 4.7-inch iPhone with a TFT LCD display, alongside a 5.8-inch iPhone with an AMOLED display; the second scenario would have Apple launching both of those, as well as a 5.5-inch TFT LCD iPhone, Campbell wrote. “If the supply of AMOLED panel is sufficient, we believe it is more likely that the first scenario will happen, in which case a 5.8-inch AMOLED model will entirely replace the 5.5-inch TFT-LCD iPhone,” Kuo wrote, according to Campbell.