The Apple iPhone 8 is one of the most anticipated devices even though its expected launch is about 10 months away. While we haven’t come across any major leaks as of now, it s mostly the well known and reliable analysts, who have been predicting what steps Apple could be taking for its next generation iPhone. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has been grabbing a lot of eyeballs with his bold predictions about the iPhone 8. Ming-Chi Kuo’s latest prediction says that all 2017 iPhones will come with an all-glass back design and support wireless charging. It is worth pointing out that an all-glass back design for the iPhone 8 has been rumored earlier as well. And if we look more closely at the reports so far, it appears that the Apple iPhone 8 will be highly inspired by Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S7. Also Read - Apple is likely to add this old iPhone model to its vintage product list on December 31Also Read - Can the new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chipset take on Apple M1?
After the Note 7 debacle, a relatively old Galaxy S7 and its edge variant have continued to be the flagship devices from Samsung. The Galaxy S7 comes with an all-glass back design and wireless charging, something that is being anticipated on the iPhone 8 as well. Also, the iPhone 8 s glass back would be designed to support wireless charging, just like in the Galaxy S7. Smartphone companies choose to have a glass back to complement wireless charging as the metal casing is believed to be difficult for wireless charging, and can even lead to issues like short circuit. But a glass casing would stand as a protector for the waves passing through the smartphone and the wireless charger, hence avoiding electrical imbalances. For wireless charging to work, the smartphone needs to be connected with a magnet sort of pad even though it still avoids the usage of a wire being plugged in. The glass back allows for smooth charging of the smartphone wirelessly.
Analyst Kuo further says that Apple would be employing the task of wireless charging to supplier Pegatron for developing and producing the wireless charger cable hardware. Initially, it was rumored that Apple would be working with a company called Energous for the iPhone 8 s wireless charging facility. It had also been rumored that Foxconn would be pitching in for the iPhone 8 s wireless charger, but Kuo says that since the company is already packed up with manufacturing Apple s iPhone with OLED display, Pegatron might end up with the task. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 could boast truly wireless charging capabilities
2017, being Apple s 10-year anniversary, the company is expected to shake things up a little and bring in a twist with the new iPhones. It has reported quite frequently that Apple would be opting for OLED displays instead of its usual LCD panels for the new iPhone models. However, Kuo himself had earlier said that the OLED display would be used on only one iPhone 8 variant that is the 5.5-inch variant. He also said that the iPhone 5.5-inch variant would come with a dual-camera setup. Kuo further said that there would be another 5.5-inch variant of the iPhone 8, but that would feature an LCD display with dual cameras. As for the 4.7-inch variant of the iPhone 8, it would come feature an LCD display. ALSO READ: Here s why only one Apple iPhone 8 variant will have OLED display
In addition to this, Kuo also shared some thoughts on Apple s shipments of the iPhone 8 units. Apple hasn t been up to the mark with sales this year, but 2017 may take a different turn. Kuo expects that the new iPhones will hit mass production in the third quarter of 2017. In terms of sales, the analyst says that the new iPhone shipments will go up from 90 million to 110 million units which is an increase from the 75 million units in fiscal 2016. The lone OLED display variant of the iPhone 8 is expected to account for 50 to 55 percent of the iPhone shipments, whereas the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variants with LCD display will cover 30 to 35 percent and 10 to 15 percent shipments, respectively. ALSO READ: Apple patent hints at a revolutionary see-through iPhone 8 design