iPhone 8 Rumors: 7nm Chipset, Wireless Charging, OLED Dispay and More
While we’ve yet to witness the release of the next gen iPhone 7, rumors surrounding its 2017 successor allegedly called the iPhone 8 have already started making rounds. According to a recent report from Barclays analyst Mark Moskowitz, Apple will skip its internally upgraded “iPhone 7s” next year, instead it will release a completely overhauled “iPhone 8” with major design changes and a few other next gen features.
Moskowitz says the iPhone 8 could feature a new system-on-chip built on the 7nm process, which deliver a huge performance jump, as well as boost battery life. The Cupertino firm might also integrate the next gen device with innovations like wireless charging and an OLED display. In addition to this, iPhone 8 is expected to ditch the Touch ID-based home button, as well.
Silver lining – there might be no “S” cycle in C2017. Our conversations with industry participants suggest Apple could skip the “S” cycle next year and instead jump to IP8. The jump could showcase major form factor changes, including OLED, no home button, and wireless charging. In our view, these potential changes could drive a mega cycle, underpinning our C2017 iPhone unit growth estimate of 10.3%, vs. 6.3% previously.
New speculation is in line with previous reports which suggested Apple has been busy working with suppliers to begin manufacturing OLED panels in 2017 for its iPhone lineup. The company is also rumored to be developing an in-house chip solution that could allow for a Touch ID-enabled screen and negate the need for a separate home button.
Speaking of the iPhone 7 which is set to launch in September, the analyst believes it won’t have “any must-have form factor changes,” but packs only a few internal tweaks. These include redesigned antenna bands, the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, and possibly even a Smart Connector as seen on the iPad Pro.
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