The iPhone’s 10th anniversary is this year, and many people believe that Apple has something special planned for its upcoming smartphone. To add to the speculation, Wall Street Journal sources have recently said that the high-end iPhone 8 will have exclusive hardware.
The WSJ report confirms what KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo has also claimed in an earlier report about Apple releasing three new iPhones. Both reports say that Apple will remove the physical Home Button for an on-screen Home Button, and one of those three phones will have a curved screen.
According to the WSJ report, one of the new iPhones this year will sport a curved OLED screen. The curved screen could be similar to the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge since Samsung might supply Apple with the curved screens. As for the other two iPhone models, it is said they will continue to feature flat LCD panels.
“Apple Inc. has decided to adopt a flexible display for one model of the new iPhone coming out this year and has ordered sufficient components to enable mass production, people familiar with the matter said.”
The cost for the high-end curved OLED iPhone 8 has been rumored to cost around $1,000, while the other two smartphones will be more reasonably priced.
All three of the upcoming iPhone models will ditch the Lightning port in favor of a USB-C. For those who aren’t too familiar with the USB-C, it is capable of transmitting data, power, audio, and video at a faster rate than a USB 3 or Lightning. The USB-C standard is used on Apple’s latest MacBook Pro, so it wouldn’t be too shocking if Apple decides to add it on the new iPhones.
We still have months before Apple unveils its new devices, so time will tell how accurate Wall Street Journal sources are. For now, it’s best to take the talk as a grain of salt.
Source info: WSJ, MacRumors
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