Just a few weeks ago Apple launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones, and already next year’s iPhone 8 is being discussed in full strength. Ming-Chi Kuo, a reliable analyst from KGI Securities, has released a detailed report predicting about the design of the next year’s iPhones, reports 9To5Mac. According to the analyst, Apple could bring back the iPhone 4-like design for the iPhone 8, sporting a glass front and back. Ming-Chi Kuo backs his prediction stating the decision to revert to old design language could be based on the increasing popularity of the new iPhone 7 jet black model, which has a glossy finish but is also prone to scratches. Therefore, Apple would aim to ride on the popularity of the jet black model, but add the glass design to make it lesser prone to scratches. Also Read - Apple shines in June quarter, posts record sales for iPhones, Macs and iPads
The report points out that about “30-35 percent and 45- 50 percent of pre-orders around the world and in China” respectively were for the jet black model of the iPhone 7, which in most places were hard to deliver due to inventory shortage. If the KGI predictions are to be believed, Apple may extend the glossy finish to other color models of the iPhone as well. Also Read - Friendship Day gifting ideas for your young tech-savvy besties under Rs 5,000
Along with the design, the report also suggests that the iPhone 8 could feature a 2.5D glass, which will bring different curvature of the glass. Currently, the models beyond the iPhone 6s feature a 3D glass. KGI says that the 2.5D glass will help the iPhone 8 become more durable than the present 3D glass. Additionally, the KGI forecast also points at inclusion of metal casing for the higher-end models and is likely to use stainless steel, whereas the lower-end ones are expected to come with aluminium. Also Read - Apple releases important iOS 14.7.1 update: iPhone users must download it right now
In the past, the KGI has also predicted that the iPhone 8 could introduce a larger 5.8-inches model, which would be facilitated by a reduced bezel size. The KGI’s predictions seem even more believable after a Nikkie report made a somewhat similar prediction last month. According to reports, Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn has been working on a glass chassis since the past year, and is likely to be ready in time to grace next year’s iPhones. Unlike, say the iPhone 4S that had glass at the front and back, next year’s iPhone will be all glass — at the front, rear and sides of the phone. While this does sound a bit incredulous, it does fall in line with what KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said.
It may be recalled that Apple was also granted a patent that hinted at an exciting future for iPhones. The patent showed an iPhone with a curved screen similar to the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge or the recently launched Galaxy Note 7. Apple has been bagged a patent for “electronic devices with sidewall displays”. The patent also states that the display can be bent ‘to form front side displays and edge displays’ and these ‘edge displays may alternatively function as virtual buttons, virtual switches or information displays that are supplemental to front side displays’.