According to a new report coming from Japan’s Macokatara, Apple has plans to unveil a 5-inch iPhone 8 this year.
This is not the first time such rumors are showing up, but there’s more to the latest development. Apparently, the report, which quotes reliable sources from Taiwan, says that not all variants of the iPhone 8 will be able to charge wirelessly, instead, this feature will remain exclusive to the all-glass model. Interestingly, the same report further adds that Cupertino will no longer include a headphone jack adapter in the package like it happened with the iPhone 7, which has no 3.5mm audio jack.
As noted, this is not the first time talk of a 5-inch Apple iPhone 8 is showing up. In fact, today’s report only adds more weight to previous rumors, which had also claimed that Cupertino will ditch LCD panels in favor of curved OLED panels, probably from Samsung Display or LG Display. The design changes will also include the introduction of new build materials, with an all-glass design touted for the next-gen iPhone. Apparently, it is only this all-glass variant that will support wireless charging, the new report notes. If this report is to be believed, it is possible that only the high-end iPhone 8 will support this feature, something that could hike its price tag to around $1000 or even more.
Interestingly, the report says that Apple will not ship the iPhone 8 together with the wireless charging technology. Instead, those who buy the phone will have to pay for the accessory separately. Another accessory that will not be shipped in the same box with the 2017 iPhone is the Lightning to 3.5mm adapter, but don’t expect the 3.5mm audio jack to make a surprise return. This means that Apple feels ready to start pushing its AirPods into the market more aggressively with the launch of this year’s phone.
Another interesting bit of this latest report is the claim that despite introducing an all-new 5-inch iPhone 8, Apple will still keep the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variants, which means that Cupertino will release up to three iPhone variants this year. It’s just a rumor and it’s not coming from Apple, so be careful not to get too excited. We’ll keep up with the matter and update you soon. Stay tuned!