2017 iPhone May Feature Edge-to-Edge Display With Embedded Touch ID Sensor, Front-Facing Camera

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Rumors suggest Apple's 2016 iPhone 7 will look very similar to the iPhone 6s, with major changes to the iPhone's form factor actually coming in 2017, the year that marks the 10th anniversary of the device's initial launch. Apple blogger John Gruber recently shared some tantalizing details about the 2017 iPhone, which may see some radical design tweaks.

    In the latest episode of his podcast The Talk Show, Gruber said he's heard "scuttlebutt" suggesting the 2017 iPhone will include an edge-to-edge display that eliminates the top and bottom bezels on the device, with the front-facing camera, Touch ID, and other sensors hidden under the display.

    Concept image via ConceptsiPhone
    Previous rumors have indicated Apple is planning to introduce a flexible OLED display in the 2017 iPhone, and an OLED display panel would allow for an edge-to-edge screen design. Apple has already signed a deal with Samsung for a portion of the OLED panels it will need for the devices.

    Multiple rumors have suggested one 2017 iPhone could include a 5.8-inch OLED display, which would perhaps mean Apple plans to have the display wrap around the edges of a 5.5-inch device, but it is not clear how such a screen size would work without top and bottom bezels as suggested by Gruber.

    Along with an OLED display, the iPhone coming in 2017 is rumored to include a glass shell, like the iPhone 4 and 4s, rather than the aluminum body that's been used for the iPhone 5s, 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, and SE. Long-range wireless charging and expanded biometric features like iris or facial recognition are also features that have been rumored, along with a 10-nanometer A11 chip from TSMC and NAND flash memory supplied by Samsung.

    Apple has been working on developing touch and display driver integration (TDDI) chips since 2015, which would let the Touch ID fingerprint recognition system be embedded directly into the display, allowing for the elimination of the Home button. Analyst rumors have previously suggested the Home button will be removed in the 2017 iPhone, in line with what Gruber has heard.

    With Apple planning major design changes for the 2017 iPhone, there have been rumors indicating the devices will not feature an "S" name, with Apple perhaps skipping the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus to move directly to the iPhone 8 or another name.

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  2. 1Zach1 macrumors 65816


    Feb 8, 2008
    Northern Va
    That design and long range wireless charging? I'd preorder it today for release in 2017.
  3. ZacNicholson macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
    So many rumors. a lot haven't gotten me excited but this one does
  4. cwwilson macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Remind me why we should be getting excited for this year's iPhone, again?
  5. SoApple macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2012
    More excited for the iPhone next year than the one coming out in september/october :(
  6. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    May be the first year I may keep an iPhone for 3 years.
  7. Bbqthis macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    It took this long to write this article? I was expecting this to be written on Monday. The episode did come out over the weekend...
    I'd love to see Gruber just start saying random garbage on The Talk Show just to see if it'll end up in the rumor press.
  8. MrGimper macrumors 601


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    I'm gonna go all Ming-Chi Kuo and say this is true .... or it may not be. It probably is, but could possibly not be either, but I'll be right you watch......
  9. ThisBougieLife macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2016
    SF Bay Area, California
    So in other words...the rumors are still all over the place and contradictory.

    Either way this would be the best one because at least it's something different!
  10. twocents macrumors regular


    Mar 31, 2016
    California, USA
    Assuming if these speculation are true, and that's a big if, Apple has to weigh whether it is worth the further decline in iPhone sales for another year with a 6S SE model just to have a big update to coincide with the 10-year anniversary
  11. exodiusprime macrumors regular


    Jun 24, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Now THAT'd be an amazing design, but it won't happen. Why? Well, other than 3D displays that didn't need polarized glasses, what more could Apple do going forward with the front of the iPhone in future models? Make it brighter? Better resolution/color? I think the more likely path would be something similar to an S7 Edge. Maybe they'll remove the side bezels, but going to a display that covers the entire screen? HMMM....
  12. garirry macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2013
    Canada is my city
    Knowing Apple, there won't be anything interesting in the near future. They're so stuck in their money world they're not gonna make anything this awesome.
  13. Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
  14. jdclifford macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2011
    I hear that the September 2020 iPhone will have Touch ID activation by your nose bah blah blah! Who cares about such minor rumors about product almost 2 years away? It's like listening to Elon Musk promising to ramp up production of his Teslas beyond reality in a year or so. It's all BS but said to take place of any real progress. Smoke and mirrors!
  15. bteters macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2013
    I have the iPhone 6 and thought the 6S was cool and all with the Force Touch but something I can live without for a couple more years. The 7 really needs to give me a reason to upgrade besides being faster.
  16. BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
  17. American Hero Suspended

    American Hero

    Jan 25, 2016
    Under Tim Cook's Apple, they're so over their head and out of ideas, that there's now THREE years between re-design and innovation cycles. My God, fire the guy already.
  18. ryuok macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2011
    Hong Kong
    We might send a man to Mars in 2018. So what? People on this site care only what you have for us in 2016. Apparently you have got nothing.
  19. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    So here's the thing. There is just so much you can do with a phone at this point. It is thin enough and has all the features you would want (okay someone might care about the dual lense). So tweaking is really all that is left. Getting rid of the bezel or hiding touch ID under the screen is mostly tweaking. And as much as I say that the iPad pro is getting close to making inroads on the laptop, I think it could also make inroads on the phone at some point. Yeah, i know, wtf... but hear me out.

    If they ever take facetime outside of the walled garden, then you we have the option of doing everything with a single device. Frankly, even now with Google voice you can do this. The question becomes, how many devices do I need? Afterall, everything run on all devices since they all use iOS, so why do I need an iphone and ipad and a mac. Long term, probably within 5 year, I totally see me with nothing more than an ipad (yeah taking pictures will be a little awkward, but I have my nikon to save the day). At some point everyone will simply buy one device based on size preference.
  20. Alumeenium macrumors regular

    May 15, 2013
    yawn... anyone else bored by this incremental b.s. ?
  21. sunapple macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    I really like my iPhone 6 Plus and I could keep using it for a few more years. The 6S is even better. Not a lot of people will be upgrading this September, so 2017 must be big.
  22. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
  23. MacDevil7334 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2011
    Austin TX
    I'd be willing to bet that the 10 year anniversary is not the main reason (or anything close to it) why this phone is not coming until 2017. Apple is a publicly traded company focused on making profit. If they're not releasing this phone in 2016, it's because it's not ready for market in 2016. No rational company would deliberately sit on a product for a year like that, especially with sales declining.
  24. sputnikv macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
    if rumors are true, the iphone 7 will have no new features save for a few "pro" features on the larger model, meanwhile the following iphone will have more improvements and changes than any iphone previously
  25. Reds622 macrumors regular

    May 9, 2014
    What about projectors and projection systems? Wouldn't that be a game changer? What about making the device a solid piece of glass, essentially making the entire phone completely clear when its not powered on? What about making the device as thin as a piece of paper, as well as making it flexible?

    Those would all be game changers and substantial leaps in technology. Are we saying that those things are impossible? That they will never be done? Of course they will be eventually. Just a matter of when it happens.

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