Report: iPhone 7 to Launch Next Year, Leak Confirms ‘Edgeless Display’
The next generation iPhone is set to launch later this year however, the handset may not be called the iPhone 7 after all, according to a new report.
An anonymous tipster informed VentureBeat that Apple has reserved the iPhone 7 name for the 2017 device, suggesting that this year’s models are likely to use the same iPhone 6 moniker but with a different suffix. It is possible that these models could be named iPhone 6 Pro and iPhone 6s Pro.
The report comes shortly after the Wall Street Journal mentioned that this year’s iPhone is unlikely to see major design changes. Instead, Apple is planning these changes for 2017 which could include an edge-to-edge OLED display and an embedded Touch ID sensor that would eliminate the need of a physical home button.
The leak confirms last month’s tip from respected industry commentator John Gruber that the 2017 iPhone will have ‘an edgeless display’. In addition to this, Apple is reportedly working on a radical ‘all glass’ casing for next year’s iPhone
But, why would Apple not make these revolutionary design changes this year? In response to this, the WSJ reveals:
At a meeting with an Apple executive last month, one of the company’s China-based engineers asked why this year’s model lacked a major design change in keeping with Apple’s usual two-year cycle. The answer, one person at the meeting recalled, was that the new technology in the pipeline will take time to implement. People familiar with the matter said some features that Apple hopes to integrate into iPhones, such as curved screens, weren’t ready for this year’s models.
Apple is expected to announce the 2016 iPhones in early September.