As plenty of rumours have already pointed out, Apple is expected to announce three iPhone models this June at the World Wide Developers Conference. There will be one flagship model that will be announced and a new report from Japanese site Macotakara claims that it may be dubbed the “iPhone Edition”.
The report specifies that different prototypes of the iPhone are being testing this year. These include models with and without the Home button, as well as models made of glass, ceramic and aluminium. Additionally, Apple is also set to be testing prototype models with IPS TFT displays and OLED displays.
Here is an excerpt from the post:
Last year we published the article about additional iPhone 7s & iPhone 7s Plus model and the article about the 5 inch model equipped with the iSight Duo camera, but this 5 inch model would highly possibly be the “iPhone Edition” which is the premium model.
Multiple prototype models exist for this model and the development continues to be carried out in parallel with EVT. The production level of development on various models are being done such as the models with IPS TFT, AMOLED, the model with or without home button, in addition to the models with a new glass, aluminum chassis, white ceramics etc.
However, the report claims that Apple needs more time to procure materials need to make the final decisions. Hence, Macotakara says that the top-end iPhone may launch late this year.
Another leak today from iGeneration pretty much confirms the above leak. iGeneration is reporting that STMicroelectronics will be making the front camera module for the OLED iPhone. This is one of the major features that are expected to be a part of the iPhone 8( or the iPhone Edition). Earlier, the CEO of STMicroelectronics had said that it expects “a contract recently taken [that will lead to] substantial revenues expected in the second half of 2017”.
In short, the 3D camera’s will be able to capture the depth of field of objects and may play a major role in facial recognition.
The iGeneration report suggests that the mass production of the technology will take time and that the supplier may not be ready for September launch.
This leak agrees with the report with Macotakara which says that the OLED iPhone will launch much later than the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus devices.
The iPhone 8 is expected to cost $1000 and is said to sport a bezel-less design and a 5.8 inch curved OLED display in the same chassis of the iPhone 7. Other features like a function area, 3D camera, bigger battery and wireless charging are also expected to make it to the flagship iPhone.
We will keep you posted as we learn more details about the upcoming iPhones!