iPhone 7s Said to Keep Aluminum Design as iPhone 8 Gets Glass With Stainless Steel Frame

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's next-generation smartphone lineup this year will include a 4.7-inch iPhone with aluminum casing, 5.5-inch iPhone of an unspecified material, and all-new 5.8-inch iPhone with glass casing reinforced by a stainless steel frame, according to Taiwanese website DigiTimes, which keeps tabs on Apple's supply chain.

    iPhone 8 concept by visual designer Moe Slah

    The report, citing "sources from the upstream supply chain," claims the 5.8-inch model is expected to adopt an OLED display, and for that reason the smartphone is estimated to cost upwards of $1,000.

    DisplayMate Technologies outlined the several advantages of OLED display technology when it tested Samsung's Galaxy S7 last year. Namely, the displays are typically brighter and more power efficient than LCDs with better color accuracy, faster response times, wider viewing angles, and improved image sharpness.

    The trio of unreleased smartphones have commonly been referred to as the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone 8, with the high-end model sometimes called the "iPhone X" instead in line with the smartphone's tenth anniversary this year. The smartphones are expected to launch in September per usual.

    While it is widely believed that Apple will release three new iPhone models this year, rumors surrounding the lineup have so far lacked consensus. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities and Japanese website Nikkei, for example, have both said that all three models will feature glass casing.

    Japanese website Mac Otakara, however, said the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models will retain an aluminum design like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, with only internal changes, including the addition of a faster A11 chip. Today's report echoes that at least the 4.7-inch model would indeed have an aluminum design.

    The rumors suggest two possible scenarios:

    Scenario A: Apple releases a completely overhauled glass-backed iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display and wireless charging at the high end of its 2017 smartphone lineup, while making only incremental upgrades to its traditional 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones with aluminum designs and LCD displays.

    Scenario B: Apple adds glass casing and wireless charging to all three iPhones, which could make an edge-to-edge OLED display and longer battery life the unique selling points of the high-end model. This would mark the end of the iPhone's aluminum design that has remained largely the same since the iPhone 6 in 2014.

    Other rumored features for this year's iPhone lineup, some of which may be exclusive to the high-end model, include the removal of the Home button, iris or facial recognition, 3D camera features, improved IP68-rated water resistance, increased storage space, and new Taptic Engine and 3D Touch modules.

    Apple is expected to begin production of the new iPhones next quarter, at which point rumors should start to become clearer.

    Article Link: iPhone 7s Said to Keep Aluminum Design as iPhone 8 Gets Glass With Stainless Steel Frame
  2. Rob_2811 macrumors 68000

    Mar 18, 2016
    United Kingdom
  3. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    This is going to be a VERY interesting release...

    I can't see them releasing a 7S AND a superior iPhone X or whatever model. So many rumors...
  4. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    So basically no one truly knows for sure. I will start believing the rumors when the parts start to leak.
  5. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    3G -> 3GS -> 4 -> 4S -> 5 -> 5S -> 6 -> 6S -> 7 -> 8???

    Come on people, there's no reason to believe Apple will break the cycle. We're getting a 7S this year, and the 8 is coming next year.
  6. decimortis macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2007
    Ugh. Now I'm stuck in the grey area where I don't want an Android but couldn't care less about these new iPhones. Guess I'm going to have to break down and try this "being happy with what I have" thing for a while.
  7. Creep89 macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
    I'm fine with an all-new iPhone and 5.8-inch display. Sounds better than the last rumor regarding the 5-inch display.
  8. imran5720 macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2013
  9. arggg14 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2014
    I don't trust anything until I see blurry pictures.
  10. Schwyz macrumors regular


    Apr 6, 2016
    Up a tree
    More fragmentation and larger phones! No! Why Apple?! Stop!
  11. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2013
    I definitely prefer Scenario A. Create an amazing new ultra premium iPhone with a stunning new design, incredible new technologies, and just make it as great as you can and charge whatever you need to make it profitable. I'd pay $2,000 for a truly ultra premium iPhone.
  12. DhobiWanKenobi macrumors member


    Feb 7, 2017
    Please no more fragmentation. Keep it simple for the customer!
  13. Kid Red macrumors 65816

    Dec 14, 2001

    First it's the 2017 iPhone will be the 20th anniversary, the big redesign. Then it's a large version only with no bezel screen, then it's a new 5" middle size that will only get an OLED screen and today it's 2018 and a newer 5.8" screen size, lol
  14. skinned66 macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2011
    Ottawa, Canada
    Quick, somebody throw a handful of darts at a board.
  15. stanman64 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2010
    I think Apple finally realized that no matter how hard they try, they just can't suppress the leaks and rumors, so they're going for the "information dump" method by putting all kinds of signals out so that no one really knows for sure.
  16. Corrode macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    Tim Cooke seems bent on product fragmentation. Used to be one of my favourite things about Apple.
  17. ralphdaily macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2008
    Birmingham, AL
    I love my 4.7-inch phone and want it to be a nice upgrade this year. It used to be smaller was better. I don't want model that to get a nice look the phone has to be large & I can't find a place to carry it.
  18. rudychidiac Suspended


    May 2, 2012
    I hope they go with "scenario B"

    But seriously I bet there won't be a third iPhone, there will be only two sizes, 5" (with existing 4.7" form size) and 5.8" (with the existing 5.5" form size)... And both will have the same feature, except the big one, as usual, will feature something special.
  19. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Apple is greedy, therefore, 7s, 7s Plus still at $130+ rather than $100+ like before, and of course, the mythical anniversary edition at a crazy price.
  20. montanaco macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2016
    Why is "fragmentation" the new hot word on this site. Its called giving consumer choices, which as far as I'm concerned, is a good thing.
  21. Oblivious.Robot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2014
    Irrespective of the slight confusing rumours, am most intrigued for this years iPhone!

    Even with a tad higher expectations, retiring from my 6 to whatever may come is anyway going to be a delight. :)
  22. AG.47 macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2016
    Your phone (7+) is not even 6 months old. People these days...

    On-Topic: Apple will go the easy, safe and lazy way, which is Scenario A.
  23. Amacfa macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    You must have hated it when the McChicken went up $0.29
  24. thiscatisfat macrumors newbie


    Oct 18, 2016
    Cork, Ireland
  25. ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
    I'll just wait until hardware starts leaking in a few months. But an OLED iPhone upwards of $1,000....pass.

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