It has been reported that Apple has cancelled the 2017 release of the updated iPhone SE, the company’s budget smartphone. Instead, it seems that the company will be launching three new devices next year.
The reports come from Ming-Chi Kuo, who is widely regarded as one of the top Apple analysts currently operating. Business Insider has called him “the most accurate Apple analyst in the world” whilst BGR.com has said he is the “most reliable industry watcher on the planet when it comes to Apple”.
Mr Kuo has now come out with a new prediction for Apple. He has previously correctly predicted the iPhone 7, iPhone 6S and iPhone SE. His newest report is therefore gaining a great deal of media attention, including from reputed publications such as Forbes.
According to MacRumors.com, Mr Kuo has said that Apple’s upcoming phones will mark a change in direction for the company’s smartphones. MacRumors.com has obtained a research note from Mr Kuo, which says that next year’s iPhones will come in three models, one of which will be an OLED model, while the other two will be TFT-LCD models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays.
He said: “We believe the OLED and 5.5-inch TFT-LCD iPhones will feature dual camera. Based on this prediction, our forecast of dual camera adoption rate in new 2017F iPhone models is revised up from 30-40 per cent to 65-75 per cent.”
Although he did not specify the size of the OLED model, Mr Kuo has previously said Apple will launch a 5.8-inch phone with a curved display and glass casing in 2017.
Reacting to the prediction, Gordon Kelly, Forbes contributor, said that “Apple finally embracing OLED is great news”.
Mr Kelly explained: “OLED works without a backlight so it can be much thinner and lighter than the IPS LCD panels iPhones currently use and they can save battery life. OLED also achieves a higher contrast ratio than LCD, so it would be a notable step up.”
However, he pointed out that Apple’s biggest rivals have been manufacturing OLED devices for a number of years. Therefore, Apple would simply be catching up to what has been standard technology for many smartphones already.
The Google Pixel, quickly becoming a real rival to the iPhone, features an AMOLED display, as does the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
Samsung’s ill-fated Note 7 featured a flexible OLED display which provided a dual-edged curved screen. Before the problems with exploding batteries and the subsequent recall and end of production, the Note 7 had been touted as the best smartphone on the market by many analysts.
When considering the dual camera Mr Kuo reported would be present on the next iPhones, Apple will have work to do to catch up to the Pixel. Google’s device has been named the best smartphone camera available by DxOMark, the industry standard for camera and lens image quality measurements and ratings.
So whether Mr Kuo’s predictions turn out to be right, it is known that there are certainly elements Apple should be looking to improve.