If you find yourself excited about Apple’s upcoming iPhone, but needed further corroboration about not only the design and features, but also the 2017 range itself, then Nikkei Asian Review is looking to provide that.
The publication has released a new report which basically takes the opportunity to confirm pretty much all of the rumors that we’ve already heard, but in particular, focuses on Apple’s intentions to release three models later this year, including a new 5.8-inch high-end model.
What’s particularly interesting about this latest report is not that it looks to confirm earlier reports regarding the existence of a larger, 5.8-inch device, but that Nikkei had previously argued against the existence of that device, instead suggesting that Apple would introduce a 5-inch model instead. However, it now seems that the majority of analysts and outlets are on the same page regarding the 2017 iPhone, including agreeing on the configuration of those devices:
The upcoming iPhone, to be launched this fall, will come in three configurations — two with liquid crystal displays and one with a 5.8-inch organic light-emitting diode display.
The contained information once against suggests that consumers will have the option of choosing from three models, two of which will ship with the usual liquid crystal displays, and one, which will presumably be the expensive top-end device, to ship with the new OLED panels. We can now be fairly confident that Apple will introduce a large, 5.8-inch device, with previous reports from the likes of KGI suggesting that the device will have 5.1 to 5.2-inches of usable screen real estate, with the rest being taken up by a ‘function area‘.
All of that sounds like great news for consumers – especially those who are happy to part with upwards of $1000 for the high-end model – but it looks as though those big spenders may have to wait a little longer than anticipated. Reports are suggesting that the OLED model of the device could be delayed due to display supply constraints, meaning Apple could be looking at a release date beyond the usual September push.
With that said, when the hardware does eventually make it into the market, whether that be in September of beyond, we should be expecting a highly impressive “10th anniversary” device.
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