Another day, another iPhone rumor. Apple is far from officially announcing even the model number of its next flagship smartphone, but the rumor mills have been regularly churning out new hints and details about what will be the Cupertino-based company s anniversary edition iPhone. Now adding to the series of rumors about the next iPhone, some Taiwan-based supply chain makers have revealed that one of the three rumored variants of the flagship iPhone will boast an AMOLED display that will be manufactured exclusively by Samsung. Also Read - iPhone 13 to come with faster charging as compared to iPhone 12Also Read - Apple TV Plus for free: PS5 owners get six months subscription free of cost
In 2017, Apple will mark the 10th anniversary of its iconic iPhone and we have seen plenty of speculations about the smartphone, from a glass design, curved display, to even dual cameras. The company is widely speculated to come up with not two but three new iPhones in the coming year, varying in display quality and size. It is expected that there will be a 4.7-inch version and a 5.5-inch variant. While both these will feature LCD displays similar to the current lineup, a third variant is likely to feature Samsung-manufactured AMOLED display. Also Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42
In the past, we have come across speculations about the third variant featuring a 5-inch display. However, the latest report contradicts that and hints at an even larger 5.8-inch AMOLED display. This large-screen variant is further expected to be the most premium of the other two iPhones and perhaps also carry the most expensive price tag ever in the history. Samsung being the sole supplier of the display panels to Apple, it is further said that the company can supply a maximum of 20 million such panels per month, DigiTimes notes. This essentially suggests that the purported high-end device will not only come at a premium, but acquiring it will also mean a herculean task owing to shortage in supply. Global shipments of the large-screen iPhone is estimated by the Taiwanese suppliers at 60-70 million units for the coming year.
Apple suppliers are expected to kickstart production of the next iPhone in small volumes in March and increasing their output by June to prepare for the surge in demand when they go on sale around September. According to the report, it is further speculated that Nissha Printing of Japan will be supplying touch sensors for use with Samsung s AMOLED displays. Bonding of the touch sensors with the panels will be either carried out by Samsung Display or by Taiwan-based TPK Holding and General Interface Solution. ALSO READ: Apple to launch iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus in 2017, plus a variant codenamed Ferrari : Report
Other than a Samsung-made display, the upcoming iPhone is expected to feature a new design, which in fact is a rebound to the old iPhone 4-like glass back, along with truly wireless charging capabilities. While earlier speculations hinted at Apple opting to name the upcoming iPhone as the iPhone 8, certain reports indicated that despite it being an anniversary edition iPhone, the company will keep with its tradition and name the next flagship as iPhone 7s, with variants named iPhone 7s Plus, and a mysterious Ferrari edition. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 could boast truly wireless charging capabilities