The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have barely bagun to roll out across the globe and the tech world is already abuzz with news about the iPhone 8, which will be Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone. The hype is real, there is no doubt about that. But now the rumors suggest that the upcoming handheld might come in three different variants, as opposed to the company's standard offering of two.
MacRumors listed down the estimates of KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. According to him, Apple would provide an option for a 4.7 inch model with a standard single lens camera and LCD display, as well as a 5.5 inch model with a dual-lens camera and LCD display. However, he pushed further and claimed that there will be a third model, with a dual-lens camera and an OLED display.
The display size of the OLED model was not specified. However, at is slated to be the premium model among the iPhone 8 offerings, it is likely to be a larger 5.5 inch. However, there were previous reports that Apple would release a 5.8 inch handheld with an OLED screen, so this might be the same item.
The OLED screen will be a notable change in the iPhone 8 line, but previous reports also claimed that only one model of the anniversary handheld will be sporting the same. Apparently, OLED display providers cannot commit to a large supply of the same, so Apple has had to work around the same. As with most things, this has not been confirmed by the Cupertino-based company.
The inclusion of a third, more premium offering changes things for the company, who has provided two options with its most recent generations. Moreover, the prevailing differences have always been mostly about the size. That is, until the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were released and Apple drew a camera system between them.
It looks like Apple will widen the gap between its same-generation handsets, which may or may not work in its favor. Unlike most smartphone companies, Apple has only released - at the most - two devices per generation. On the other hand, its competitors like Apple have a wide range of offerings that can cater to an audience of several preferences.
Having three different models in the upcoming line of iPhone 8 units will provide Apple loyalists more avenue to choose and somewhat personalize their choices. But also, those who want to try an iOS handheld but to not want to invest so much money will also get the opportunity to. Of course, having three offerings might also work to the detriment of the company.
Producing three different models might not be a successful strategy.. This is because churning out these three units will be costly and Apple is unaware at this point if this risk will pay off. The company has, for the longest time, relied on one and then two offerings - and the financial trend has not been pretty.
Trusted Reviews adds that other rumours regarding the iPhone 8 include the device having a wireless charging feature. As this is one feature that consumers thought would make it to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, it is not unlikely for Apple to finally incorporate the same in its anniversary iPhone.