Apple may revamp its lineup of iPhones next year to include a new casing, new curved display and wireless charging, according to a reliable analyst.
An iPhone with a glass casing and curved AMOLED screen will debut in 2017, according to a note issued Saturday by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities. The note, as described by 9to5mac, appears to contradict an earlier report by the analyst that the Cupertino, California-based tech titan wouldn’t release an iPhone with new screen technology until 2018.
The new iPhone screen will be based on active matrix organic light-emitting diode, or AMOLED, according to Kuo. AMOLED displays offer several advantages over the LCD (liquid crystal display) screens currently used in iPhones. OLED displays are thinner, lighter and more flexible than LCDs. They’re also more power efficient, giving you more bang out of a single battery charge.
An AMOLED screen could put iPhones on a more equal footing with rival Samsung, which already uses the technology in its flagship Galaxy S7. It could also help rejuvenate Apple’s slowing iPhone sales. In January, Apple reported little growth in iPhone sales last quarter and an expected downturn in the current quarter.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the note.
Kuo’s predictions come less than a week after Apple unveiled its iPad that sports a new display Apple calls True Tone, which dynamically adjusts color temperature based on ambient light., which features a 4-inch screen with all the processing and photographic power as the larger . Unveiled alongside the new iPhone on Monday was the , a smaller version of last year’s 12.9-inch