If the iPhone 7 release date is anything to go by, the alleged iPhone 8 (iPhone 7S) should be unveiled in September this year, however, rumors of the phone are already doing rounds in different media outlets.
According to the latest reports, the upcoming iPhone 8 will come with an OLED display screen for the first time, ditching Cupertino’s LCD Retinal Display. With this OLED display comes curved display – again, another first for Apple. As a result of these changes, the 2017 iPhone is rumored to be shipping with a larger display screen than the current 4.7-inch base model. Alternatively, Apple is also said to be working on a third variant that will slide in between the current screen sizes.
But renowned KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has more insight into what Apple could be working on. Apparently, the upcoming iPhone 8 will not only ship with a larger display, but also a similarly larger battery unit, much closer to the 2900mAh that ships with the iPhone 7 Plus. Kuo is adamant that the rise in battery capacity for the smaller iPhone from 1960mAh to 2700mAh will be achieved thanks to the new stacked ‘substrate-like’ PCB logic board, which is smaller and as such, it leaves more room for including a larger battery unit.
The good side of the story is that the new iPhone 8 will have a larger battery but keep the same form factor as the current iPhone 7. And as noted earlier, Apple has already pre-ordered up to 160 million OLED panels for the next iPhones from Samsung Display – panels that will be larger in size but fit into the form factor of the 4.7-inch iPhone. There’s talk thinner bezels as well as the elimination of the physical home button, which explains why the phone has a bigger display but keep a compact size.
It has been rumored that Apple’s iPhone 8 will be the most expensive ever yet. According to Kuo, the new stacked PCB motherboard design will cost Apple 80% higher than usual. Given that it has already signed another $11.3 billion deal for OLED panels, it makes sense that the 10th-gen iPhone will indeed be expensive, probably more than $1000.