Apple is working on a refreshed iPhone with a new design and other improvements, says Bloomberg. It’s said that Apple is testing a phone with a screen that takes up almost all of the front of the device and has slightly curved glass on its front and back. The device reportedly features a stainless steel frame.
This new iPhone’s screen is said to be OLED and is reportedly slightly larger than the 5.5-inch display of the iPhone 7 Plus, but because it takes up nearly all of the front of the phone, the body of this device is closer to the iPhone 7 and its 4.7-inch screen. Apple also wants to integrate this iPhone’s home button into the display using software like Samsung did with the Galaxy S8.
Apple has also tested integrating a fingerprint reader into the OLED screen, but it’s said that this is technologically difficult and that it’s unknown if this feature will make it into the final product.
When it comes to the camera, it’s said that Apple’s new premium iPhone may have dual rear cameras positioned vertically rather than the horizontal layout on the iPhone 7 Plus. This could result in improved photos. Apple is also considering dual front-facing cameras.
The bad news is that folks interested in Apple’s all-new iPhone may have to wait a bit longer than expected. It’s said that the new iPhone may not be readily available for one to two months after Apple’s typical fall launch due to supply constraints. Apple normally intros new iPhones in September, meaning that this new model may not be readily available until October or November.
Along with this premium iPhone, Apple is said to be working on upgraded versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Recent Android flagships like the Galaxy S8 and G6 offer large screens and slim bezels that look more modern than Apple’s recent releases and also enable the GS8 and G6 to offer larger screens in a smaller footprint. Apple has been using a similar front bezel design for all of its iPhones, and so with the iPhone’s 10th birthday coming up and new Android phones offering nice designs with slim bezels, now seems like a good time for Apple to refresh the iPhone’s look with slim bezels, too.
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