Apple's largely popular iPhone device will be ten years old this year. In line with its upcoming birthday, the device is going through a major design overhaul. And fans and critics alike are not that happy with what they have seen so far.
This fall, Apple is expected to launch three iPhone types. This will include revamped versions of two current models and a completely overhauled one. Bloomberg reports that the Cupertino company is testing different designs that include having a curved and enlarge OLED display. They are also reportedly going for a glass back, a stainless steel feature and more avant-garde cameras.
For the top-end iPhone, variously called iPhone 7S, iPhone 8, iPhone Edition or even iPhone X, Apple is supposedly gunning for an almost bezel-less look. This will result in a slightly larger display compared to the iPhone 7 Plus currently out in the market. However, the total size of the handset will be much closer to the smaller iPhone 7. In addition, the company is also trying to integrate their signature home button to the display itself, just like what Samsung did for Galaxy S8. It is also reported to have an OLED display for a more accurate representation of colors.
Meanwhile, the two other planned iPhones will retain liquid crystal technology for its display. It is predicted to be available in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions. These sizes are the same with 2016's models.
However, leaked designs for iPhone 7S does not impress anybody. Apple is reportedly aiming to include their Touch ID fingerprint sensor into their main display, as per Forbes. Samsung attempted this with their latest flagship device but chose to move it to the back instead due to design problems. And if Cupertino runs into the same constraints, then they are probably going the same track as their South Korean rival for a solution. Hopefully, the designers will not pick a preposterous position for the sensor.
Furthermore, although Apple is anticipated to unveil the upscale iPhone 7S and two other models in fall, fans of the brand should not expect to get their hands on the new devices immediately. Or even expect them to look anything like the leaked photos. That is because persons close to the overhauling project say that design plans are still in a state of inconstancy.
In addition to that, Apple is also running into supply problems. They even ordered 100 million panels from Samsung because other suppliers cannot yet keep up with the demand. As for the new iPhones' cameras, the Cupertino-based tech firm is getting them from another smartphone rival, Sony Corp.
The pressure on Apple to come up with something awe-inspiring is piling up, as its competitor's new flagship device has been receiving rave reviews. The smartphone accounts for two-thirds of the company's sales, so a lot is riding on the success of the upcoming iPhone 7S and its two accompanying models.