Fear that the 2017 iPhone will be unchanged due to the Note 7 fiasco.

Would you buy a 2017 iPhone if the design was unchanged?

  • No, I will not buy a 2017 without a major redesign

    Votes: 38 58.5%
  • Yes, it does not matter what the phone looks like

    Votes: 27 41.5%

  • Total voters
    65

cdmoore74

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I bring this question up because with the recent Note 7 discontinuation/recalls I'm afraid that Apple will just give us the same play it safe boring design for 2017 and scrap any idea of a complete redesign. OEM's may start holding back features to prevent a repeat of the Note 7 disaster.

Should we be worried that 2017 will lack smartphone innovation?
 

Tom G.

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Jun 16, 2009
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OP does not know much about running a business. As keysofanxiety has pointed out, designs are planned at least 3 years in advance. I'm quite sure that Apple has been working on a special design for the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. So there will be something special coming out next year.

Also the OP must have missed seeing all the threads from July and August asking if people were going to skip getting this year's iPhone because of the anticipated 10th anniversary iPhone.
 

kingofkings11

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If anything its the perfect opportunity to bury samsung as much as possible. If the 10th anniversary iphone is ground breaking enough it will keep exisiting apple users and potentially attract a slew of new users who will then be roped into the ecosystem.
 

Jimmy James

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I change the aesthetics of my phone by adding a case. The "design" of the phone for its own sake isn't anything more valuable than that. It's something to cover the electronic components.
 

Elisha

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Nov 21, 2006
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OP does not know much about running a business. As keysofanxiety has pointed out, designs are planned at least 3 years in advance. I'm quite sure that Apple has been working on a special design for the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. So there will be something special coming out next year.

Also the OP must have missed seeing all the threads from July and August asking if people were going to skip getting this year's iPhone because of the anticipated 10th anniversary iPhone.
Not always. Jobs changed the design on the iPhone 4 to an all glass back less than a month before release.

Anyway why worry about stuff you have no control off OP?
 

DNichter

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Apr 27, 2015
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I don't see how the two correlate. Apple tends to work on their own schedule. My guess is they release a new iPhone with a new casing and lose the "s" branding moving forward. To answer the poll question, yes, I would still buy next years phone if it looked the same. The casing isn't super important to me, more so features.
 

cdmoore74

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I get a new iPhone plus every year. Android is not an option for me.
I buy new phones every year as well (almost 2 per year) but I have no problems switching between Apple and Android. So I should have less to worry about but I'm still concerned overall regarding the direction the industry will take.
 

Superrjamz54

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Missing one important point. Samsung has the very good Galaxy S7 and will be releasing the S8 in march. S7 is not blowing up.
They didn't change much from the s6 to the s7 either. The only thing the Note really changed was the type C port. Samsung better figure out why a phone that was rushed to market blew up in their face. They would be better off making sure the problem is fixed.
 

Morpheo

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If only I cared about Samsung and Android... While I do recognize they make good products, I like Apple and the iPhone, there's no reason for me to go elsewhere. I usually upgrade my iPhone every two years, so next year I'll most likely skip it (unless it's reeeaallly special ;)). Very happy with my 7+ so far.

But if I were to upgrade next year, then my answer is yes, I'd buy it.
 

Nanotyrns

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I don't see how the two correlate. Apple tends to work on their own schedule. My guess is they release a new iPhone with a new casing and lose the "s" branding moving forward. To answer the poll question, yes, I would still buy next years phone if it looked the same. The casing isn't super important to me, more so features.
Agreed. You can't throw together a finish/feature that will delay shipment of your phone until January 2018 in the couple of months after the Note 7 smoke clears (ZING!). That kind of thing takes at least a year of lead time.
 

ET iPhone Home

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Oct 5, 2011
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I voted NO, but actually I would buy a 2017 iPhone because I'd be forced to buy one if I want to upgrade my 5S. A redesign is a must and is definitely important to me, but if Apple decides not to redesign the 2017 iPhone, hence, I have to accept that decision and move forward with my upgrade.
 

x34

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Oct 19, 2014
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I'm quite sure that Apple has been working on a special design for the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. So there will be something special coming out next year.
like this year and every iphone year.
 

Mrbobb

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Aug 27, 2012
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Relax, if Apple doesn't give us something new, will be because they don't have anything new, not because of any competitor. Apple marches its own tune if you know anything about the company.
 

Steve686

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Not always. Jobs changed the design on the iPhone 4 to an all glass back less than a month before release.

Anyway why worry about stuff you have no control off OP?
This created the white iPhone 4 paint debacle.

I think they used to be a little more secretive than they are now and wouldn't ultimately decide on a design until a brief period before production to protect the launch version?

Seems we have a little better and reliable rumor mill the last few iterations of iPhones.
 

bchreng

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Jul 26, 2005
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I bring this question up because with the recent Note 7 discontinuation/recalls I'm afraid that Apple will just give us the same play it safe boring design for 2017 and scrap any idea of a complete redesign. OEM's may start holding back features to prevent a repeat of the Note 7 disaster.

Should we be worried that 2017 will lack smartphone innovation?
I believe Apple's decision of keeping the design the same or not for the next iPhone will have nothing to do with the Note 7 issues. The S7 and S7 Edge are still selling well and theres little reason that the upcoming S8 won't do at least just as well.
 

lordofthereef

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Nov 29, 2011
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I don't terribly care what the phone looks like per se. But I'm going to need more than what we were given with the 7. I'm really hoping for a nicer amoled screen (we can argue back and forth on this but the note 7 screen was rated the best in the business and it is gorgeous in person so I'm all for it) as well as smaller bezels; getting rid of the home button would be a plus. I'd also love even better low light photos. I think it's improved but there's still much room for error. Bokeh I can take or leave. I think it's a feature similar to live pictures (or whatever the heck they're called). People were excited for a few months and now it's just on the backburner (although I did get a great wallpaper of my son slurping ramen the other night, in all fairness)

In a way I guess I am looking for a redesign but not for the sake of a redesign. I think all of these things would be actually useful rather than just "pretty". Throw in some wireless charging too and you'd have just about the perfect phone. I won't even miss the headphone jack anymore at that point.
 
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