Crazy rumors suggest big changes are coming to Apple’s iPhone 9 lineup next year

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  1. patricem macrumors 6502

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    Could this be possible?? If so I might have to hold out. I would want the 6.5

    Crazy rumors suggest big changes are coming to Apple’s iPhone 9 lineup next year



    Apple’s latest and greatest iPhone isn’t even in the hands of consumers yet, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning out stories about next year’s iPhone lineup. The Bell, a local Korean newspaper cited by The Korea Herald, is reporting that next year, Apple will go all-in on big screen sizes with three new devices.

    According to the report, Apple will launch two OLED iPhones and one LCD iPhone next year. The OLED devices will have 5.85 and 6.46-inch screens, while the LCD device will have a screen bigger than 6 inches.

    Citing local parts makers, the report said Apple had originally given panel orders to Samsung Display, its sole OLED supplier, under a plan to launch three OLED iPhones next year — 5.28-, 5.85-, and 6.46-inch models. But the report said the development work for the 5.28-inch model has recently been suspended possibly due to the low marketability of the smaller version.

    If the report is true, then the iPhone X — which has a 5.8-inch OLED screen — will be the smallest iPhone Apple makes going forwards. The 6.5-inch OLED device will presumably be some kind of iPhone X Plus, although will a screen that big, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Apple is bringing back the iPad Mini.

    The biggest surprise with the report is the hints at a big-screened LCD device. Apple switched to an OLED display for this year’s iPhone X because of the advantages an OLED display gives. Although more expensive, OLED screens look better and offer major savings in battery life. In other words, OLED screens are for flagship phones, and LCD screens are for the budget models.

    That’s why launching a 6-inch (or bigger!) LCD device next year would be a surprise. Big phones tend to be the more premium, expensive versions — just look at the iPhone 7 Plus, which had the fanciest camera Apple had ever put in a device when it launched last year, or the Galaxy Note 8. It would be unusual for Apple to launch a device with a big screen but middling specs, but that’s exactly what a big-screen LCD iPhone would suggest.

    The worst news from this report is that Apple is going all-in on bigger devices. As The Korea Herald notes, it’s the trend these days. But Apple has been remarkably good about making reasonably sized phones for the last couple of years, even as Android manufacturers abandoned that niche. The iPhone SE has been the only good small phone, but even if it stays around on Apple’s product range, it won’t be a proper flagship device.
     
  2. Starfyre macrumors 68030

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    Source? This is a good reason for me to skip out on next year's phone. I know there are people that care about a plus size iPhone X, though I prefer the small form factor. I am glad there is nothing here about a TouchID with the OLED.
     
  3. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    I wouldn't put any stock in rumors for next year.

    I just want to get through the iPhone X order day (with a phone). :)
     
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  5. bufffilm, Sep 25, 2017
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    I really hope there is no truth to the ipX being Apple's smallest OLED screen next year.

    I hope they reconsider and go OLED for a 4.7" display.

    Please Apple. Don't break my heart a second time.
     
  6. BeefSupreme macrumors regular

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    Pretty sure they would have made a 6” or slightly bigger OLED this year if they had a supplier for it.
     
  7. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Either way it won't matter to me next year.

    Apple made it's choices about the camera bump with the 6/7/8 series and I disagree with those choices. Next year (early) my new phone won't be an Apple iPhone so if Apple does go larger I won't be buying.

    As long as the camera bump remains I won't be back (on an iPhone).
     
  8. bufffilm, Sep 26, 2017
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    If you do get a non-Apple phone next year...I will be curious to see how that works out for you.

    Apple has been on a downward turn for me since the 6s.

    The 3.5mm jack debacle, the elimination of the 128gb storage tier (vastly increasing the cost of the phone once you go up from the entry model), the bad decisions Apple has made with the ipX with the notch, UI/UX, etc and now
    perhaps abandoning TouchID in a generation or two down the line...these are not developments which I look at with a favorable eye.

    I always like to keep my options open.
     
  9. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    I think, for me at least, the issues I've had with Android have changed over the last year. They have either been eliminated or reduced to a point that Android devices have become an option for me now.

    As you know, I am not invested in Apple's ecosystem so the transition should be fairly painless.

    No worries, I will definetly be around to post my experiences.
     
  10. Nozuka macrumors 68020

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    the 6.5 is pretty much a given. it makes sense that they would want to have a Plus model again, seeing as they sell very well and the competition has them.
     
  11. DNichter macrumors G3

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    Just because of how it looks?
     
  12. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    That's right.

    My usage is minimal and I upgrade every 2 to 3.5 years so aesthetics and design are what I prioritize.
     
  13. bufffilm, Sep 26, 2017
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    Exactly why I wish to know how you make out.

    I'm not vested in Apple either.

    But iOS and the whole experience around it... it's a big reason why I chose Apple.
     
  14. DNichter macrumors G3

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    Okay then. I just never noticed mine so I wasn't sure what negative effect it would have.
     
  15. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Well, I use my phone for calling, texting, light email (when not near a computer or one that has the account I need) and light web browsing (again when not near a computer).

    The majority of pictures I take are of grocery items (so my wife can see what she wants me to bring home) so a wizbang camera is not necessary for me. I am either at home or work most of the time and so I sit in front of a computer at either place for up to 16 hours or more. I have a TV at home. So, games, streaming movies, playing video, etc are all done on one of the several computers I have access to.

    And InDesign, which I use for work, does not run on an iPhone, nor can I connect three monitors (which my MacPro at work has) to my iPhone so using it for the work I do is not possible.

    Last but not least, I prefer to use the tool that's appropriate to the job, not a tool that is capable but not appropriate.

    So, in light of all that and the fact that I live with a device for 2 to 3.5 years (and more when it's retired) I value aesthetics and design.

    Everyone is different though and if the new phones are useful to people, great. Just not my personal cup of tea.
     
  16. DNichter macrumors G3

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    That's fair. I take a lot of pictures so I have always upgraded to get the best camera possible. I have been happy with the 7 plus in this regard.
     
  17. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Totally get that.

    I've been down this road before though, which is why I never invested in Apple's ecosystem.

    You probably know that my main Macs are PowerPC. Apple stopped any syncing with the iPhone for those computers with the first lighting device, the iPhone 5. Which happens to have been my first, purchased new from Apple device.

    I had already realized that dealing with iCloud was not pushing my contacts to my iPhone and the original use of iCloud photos wasn't so great either. I already had Dropbox and Google at the time so I just went with that.

    Mainly I use iMessage, but before my first iPhone it was SMS. I don't see a problem going back to that because I've always had unlimited data and I don't use WiFi for my devices except when necessary.

    Lastly, there is nothing stored on my phone that is critical. Anything I cannot afford to lose is moved off the device and saved elsewhere. So, I could lose everything on my device and it wouldn't matter. Text conversations? Anything that is THAT important is discussed in person. I'm not using text messages for private, deeply personal issues. So on and so on.

    Being that Android is Google centric I don't see any issues moving over then.
     
  18. HarryWild macrumors 65816

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    Glad I going get the last of the 4.7" iPhones and probably pickup a new SE too. Do not like the bigger iPhones. Apple seems to be heading in a wrong direction going big and leaving their base users!
     
  19. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    If camera was a concern for me, you bet I'd be upgrading, camera bulge or no. As far as I can tell Apple has the best cameras (or are at least up there with the competition).

    I've got zero issues with Apple's tech (other than how Apple chooses to implement it sometimes) just the design.
     
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    Win7 for me on the PC/laptop side.

    Nothing w/iCloud beyond backing up my Contacts, Notes. and Calendar...all well under the 5gb free cap.

    iMessage I do like a lot...but switching to Whatapps/Duo/whatever is not a problem either.

    For me, the things I look to in a phone are small size, long battery life, and good features to price ratio.

    Those things are not exclusive to iOS/Apple, but Apple still does it better...for now.

    i really wish a premium Android 4"-4.5" phone would be offered.

    The Essential Phone doesn't do it for me, Samsung and LG seem to be embracing the taller screens, and the Pixel2 falls flat. /* sigh /
     
  21. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Time was HTC made a decent phone. The Touch Pro I had before my iPhone 5 was a tank. A good phone it survived lots of drops and one accidental kick that sent it flying 10 feet away on concrete face down.

    It was still working 3.5 years later when I sent it off to Texas so a Sprint SERO user could keep his SERO plan.

    Unfortunately, it seems HTC isn't innovating anymore.
     
  22. Sir Ruben macrumors 68000

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    Guys lets not jump the gun.......they can't even manufacture enough iPhone X yet. For many of you, the iPhone X WILL be next years phone ;)
     
  23. gadget123 macrumors 68020

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    This sounds accurate about three phones however the LCD will most likely be 4.7” because the X is still a tad big for some people.

    Also what would be the point in a larger LCD phone more expensive than the smaller 8 yet the X comes down in price and say it was £800 for the LCD and £900 for the X. Who would buy the LCD one you would be mad.

    A 4.7” LCD would be better equip to maintain a lower price point.
     
  24. TravisPNW macrumors 6502a

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    I did 2 years with the 6s Plus and am prepared to go 2 years with the 8 Plus.
     

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