Apple will reportedly release a trio of new iPhones next year, including one premium model with a curved display similar to those used in Samsung devices. That’s according to a report from the Nikkei Asian Review, which quotes a source “familiar with Apple’s plans.” The anonymous tipster told the publication: “There will be a 4.7-inch model, another that will be 5.5-inches, and a premium handset that will be either 5.5-inches or larger equipped with a screen bent on the two sides.”
This description is pretty vague, and could mean an iPhone with the more noticeable curves of the Galaxy S7 Edge, or the subtler lines of the Galaxy Note 7. Nikkei also quotes an analyst claiming that Samsung will be a supplier for these new displays. The publication notes that the premium iPhone will also use OLED for its screen — something that’s been previously rumored (as well as the curved display), with earlier sources suggesting that a 5.8-inch OLED display is being prepared for the device.
Nikkei notes that it was previously expecting a “premium” 5.5-inch model to be released this year as well, but says that the device was scrapped by Apple, and that the company will instead by releasing a regular 5.5-inch “iPhone 7 Plus” and a 4.7-inch “iPhone 7.” It’s worth noting that Nikkei‘s source doesn’t mention the fate of the (4-inch) iPhone SE in 2017.
Apple is set to unveil new iPhones early next month. Nikkei’s source backs previous reports from Bloomberg and others that the 5.5-inch model will come with a dual-camera system while the 4.7-inch model will use a single lens. We’re expecting the phones to resemble the iPhone 6 and 6S designs, only with less pronounced antenna lines, the removal of the headphone jack, and a pressure-sensitive home button.
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