While a myriad of reports concerning Apple’s imminent release of a dramatically revamped, OLED-equipped iPhone 8 next fall have begun circulating the web like wild-fire, several others have also alluded to a more ‘diversified’ line of iPhone offerings touching down next fall – with well-respected and historically accurate KGI Securities analyst, Ming Chi Kuo, most notably suggesting that a total of three iPhone variants could actually be in store for Apple’s 10th anniversary refresh.
A new report that surfaced over the weekend, however, may be the most telling yet. The report, which was first published to the popular Japanese blogging site, Macotokara, citing anonymous sources with knowledge of Apple’s vast, Taiwanese supply chain, alleges that one of Apple’s forthcoming ‘iPhone 7s’ models will not only boast a full, 5-inch display, but the device – much akin to the Cupertino-company’s past ‘s-model’ upgrades, will retain many of the same design and construction characteristics of the iPhone 6, 6s, and 7.
Interestingly, however, the report goes on to suggest that this ‘5-inch’ handset will boast a vertically-oriented, dual-lens camera module around back – meaning, in other words, that while the unit will be similar to Apple’s current, dual-lens camera system employed on the company’s iPhone 7 Plus, the lenses, themselves, will be stacked one on top of the other rather than positioned horizontally, side-by-side, as is currently the case.
As 9to5Macnotes, given that this alleged 5-inch offering will be more consistent with what we’ve been hearing about Apple’s modest ‘iPhone 7s’ refresh – and not the super-slick ‘iPhone 8’ rumored to be launching alongside them – it would appear that the rumored 5-incher is more of an “extension” to the Cupertino-company’s iPhone lineup – rather than a vastly overhauled, redesigned and reengineered unit like the OLED-equipped iPhone 8 is supposed to be.
For instance, in addition to the vertically-stacked dual-lens camera, the 5-inch ‘iPhone 7s’ variant will only boast moderately upgraded internals, including Apple’s next-gen ‘A11’ SoC, a standard LED-backlit LCD display, and refreshed internal components across the board – while retaining the familiar, 7000-series aluminum construction of yesteryear.
Unsurprisingly, additional details about this ‘iPhone 7s’ remain vague at this point. A majority of them, however, point to Apple’s hotly anticipated, 5.8-inch iPhone 8 being the true star of the company’s 2017 offerings.
As we mentioned, however, these details are vague and should be taken lightly until further notice, especially considering how Apple can change its plans at any time and for any reason. Stay tuned, though, because we have a feeling once 2017 rolls around, the rumor mill is going to start churning at full-force once again.
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