The “iPhone 8” rumor mill is taking an interesting turn just a few weeks before the start of the new year. The latest news, which comes from Macotakara, is not one worth celebrating.
According to the Japanese blog, Apple plans on releasing updated versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in 2017, aptly named the “iPhone 7s” and “iPhone 7s Plus,” respectively. These models will look similar to the current ones and feature aluminum bodies, as most of the changes are internal, such as the introduction of a new “A11” chip.
The only visible change: Apple might introduce a Red version to go along with the current Space Gray, Jet Black, Gold, Rose Gold, and Silver options.
For months, we’ve heard that Apple plans on announcing three new iPhone models in 2017, including one that measures 5.8-inches diagonally.
If this report is correct, it suggests that Apple will only bring significant design changes to this new model next year, not to the traditional 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone versions. Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and others have previously said that all of the new iPhones will ditch aluminum for glass, with the larger one also featuring a new curved, bezel-free OLED display.
I wouldn’t put much stock in Macotakara’s report, at least for now.
For one, I can’t imagine that Apple would yet again stick with a form factor that first made an appearance in 2014 with the iPhone 6. Second, 2017 represents the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone. Would Cupertino celebrate this news by releasing two new handsets that look the same as the previous three models? I don’t think so.
You can expect more iPhone rumors in the coming weeks and months.