While we’re a long way off from Apple’s expected fall media event, (which is likely to see the company announce the next major revisions to its iPhone product line), a new rumour this week suggests the firm may be planning to release not one, not two, but three new versions of the smartphone.
That claim arrives via KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, who cites the smartphone’s 10th anniversary as basis for the company’s plans to introduce three different iterations of the flagship mobile offering – an upgrade that is (finally) expected to bring both a truly edge-to-edge, OLED quality display and wireless charging to the iPhone.
In order for that to happen, however, the Cupertino company will reportedly have to rethink the internal structure of the smartphone – specifcially its 3D Touch module, which will be subject to increased internal temperature generated by the iPhone 8’s (rumoured) wireless charging system, Kuo says, if the firm fails to apply additional graphite sheet lamination to the display’s underside.
While we don’t expect general users to notice any difference, lamination of an additional graphite sheet is needed for better thermal control and, thus, steady operation; this is because FPCB is replaced with film, which is more sensitive to temperature change of the 3D touch sensor in OLED iPhone.
“The new 3D Touch module could be up to $5 more expensive for Apple to procure per phone,” Rossignol adds.
The new devices will reportedly also see a switch from the iPhone’s current aluminium casing to what Kuo refers to as an “all-glass” body – a change said to be needed in order for Apple’s planned ‘wireless charging’ system to function, as advertised.
/ Concept: Moe Slah (iPhone 8)