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iPhone 8 rumors: No wireless charging but 7s and 7s Plus will come in red

Caitlin McGarry, Oscar Raymundo | Dec. 8, 2016
Rumors are already swirling about the "revolutionary" 2017 iPhone. Here's all the latest.

Plausible? Yes. The addition of wireless charging was one of the first reliable rumors we heard about the forthcoming iPhone 8, and we’ll undoubtedly keep hearing about it until the device is released next year. If Apple is really committed to wireless charging, then switching to an all-glass casing also makes sense. It explains why Apple would choose to switch to glass in the first place. While the smaller iPhones might lack OLED due to production constraints, putting wireless charging in each model would go a long way toward making the next iPhone a must-buy.

A curved screen?

The rumor: The iPhone 8 could have a curved screen, meaning that it bends slightly around the edges. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is asking suppliers to created prototypes with curved OLED displays that have a higher resolution that Samsung phones. An iPhone with a OLED display will most likely be a more expensive, higher-end model. In addition, Apple is testing over 10 prototypes for the forthcoming device, which is speculated to include “radical” new features to mark the iPhone’s 10th year anniversary in 2017.

Plausible? We’ve already heard that Apple is looking into finally bringing OLED displays to its iPhone line. And it makes sense that the OLED display would be reserved for a higher-end iPhone model, since these screens are more expensive to manufacture. With declining iPhone sales, there’s a lot of pressure surrounding the launch of the iPhone 8. So, it’s also not surprising that Apple is allegedly testing several prototypes to deliver a “revolutionary” iPhone next year. 

Folds like a book?

The rumor: You may be able to bend the next iPhone, similar to how you fold to close a book. Apple has just been granted a patent for a book-like iPhone design that used an OLED display that can fold in half.

bendable foldable iphone patent apple 

Plausible? Just because Apple has the patent for this, doesn’t necessarily mean that it will become a real product. Besides, Apple has just started to consider using OLED, so there may not be enough time to incorporate a bendable, foldable display on the iPhone 8.

3 new models?

The rumor: Apple will launch three models of the iPhone 8 in 2017, according to a new report from KGI Securities analysts. One model will sport a 5.5-inch OLED screen and a dual camera. One will have a 5.5-inch LCD screen, also with a dual camera. The third will be a 4.7-inch iPhone with an LCD screen and a single camera system, much like the current iPhone 7 model. 

Plausible? KGI Securities is usually spot-on when it comes to iPhone hardware predictions, and for a while these supply chain analysts have been predicting that Apple will switch to OLED displays in 2017. Apple has already been using OLED displays on the Apple Watch and the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar, so using this type of display on the iPhone seems like a logical next step. Previously, Bloomberg reported that Apple is in talks with Sharp to be its OLED display supplier.

 

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