Apple Testing 10 Different Prototypes to Make the 2017 iPhone a Stunner

2017 iPhone

By now, most people with Apple’s circles – fans and serious followers alike – know most of the features that the 2017 iPhone is likely to sport. Apparently, Apple is so keen on releasing another revolutionary phone like the original iPhone that they’re been up to their elbows in prototypes.

No less than 10 variants are being tested simultaneously, presumably for various combinations of features. The ones we know are most likely to make their appearance on the 10th anniversary edition iPhone are listed below:

All-glass front panel: This one has been on the cards for quite some time now – even before the iPhone 7 was launched, in fact. The word now is that at least one model will have an edgeless display reminiscent of Samsung Galaxy Edge series of smartphones.

5.8-inch model: With the all-glass front, the bezels will obviously have a smaller footprint so Apple may come out with a 5.8-inch screen that’s still the same size as a 5.5-inch iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 7 Plus.

OLED Display: This one’s a 50-50 from the looks of it. While most experts agree that Apple is toying with the idea of having a high-end version of iPhone 2017 that comes with an OLED screen. Apple has been pushing its vendors to make more of them, but the supply-demand equation is a little fuzzy at the moment.

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No Physical Home Button: This is another strong lead, as it were. There were initially rumors that the iPhone 7 would not have a home button, but that didn’t pan out. Apple does have the technology for it, and LG has already confirmed that it has developed the technology to have a fingerprint sensor directly on the display. We should see that on the new iPad coming out during the first quarter of next year, but Apple may have developed in-house capabilities for this.

Wireless Charging: Another “Samsung’s already done it” feature, wireless charging is currently under testing for the new iPhone by Foxconn, Apple’s chief supply partner.

2017 iPhone 8

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Glass Unibody Chassis: The 2017 iPhone 8 – all variants – will supposedly come with a unibody design for the chassis. This is another first for Apple.

So that covers what’s currently known about next year’s iPhone from various sources. Apple’s challenges now are two-fold. First, make sure that the 2017 iPhone exceeds the extremely high benchmarks that all previous iPhone models have set; and second, make sure that it sells far more than any other iPhone in history.

As you can see, they’re hard at work on making the first part of that hurdle a reality. For the second, we’ll just have to see if iPhone 7 sets an even higher target for them than the current star performer – iPhone 6, which sold 71.5 million units in the first three months after it was launched on September 19, 2014.

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