Apple’s planning a major shake-up of its iPhone series in 2017, with a fresh report alleging that the company is going to launch 4 new models next year. This is one more than had been previously predicted by numerous sources.
To recall, Macotakara recently claimed that Apple was going to launch an iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus next year. The two apparently look just like its predecessors except for a brand new red color option. The upcoming handsets supposedly won’t be equipped with wireless charging, but will get its hands on a faster A11 chipset.
Noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has now jumped into the fray to assert that the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will serve as base versions of the 2017 series. He says there will be a premium iPhone 8 at the top of the hierarchy which will sport an OLED display, no home button, and wireless charging.
His assertion comes side-by-side with a report out of Japan which claims that there will be an iPhone 8 Plus variant. This iteration is reportedly the only one getting the OLED treatment. The others are apparently going to have to make do with an LCD screen.
The premium iPhone 8 isn’t going to be cheap though. According to Kuo, the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will stick to the current iPhone 7 cost scheme for the most part. However, the iPhone 8 may set buyers back by an eye-watering $1200 for its 256GB model.
Apple isn’t one to shy away from exorbitant costs, so the allegations may have some truth to it. Moreover, releasing cheaper base versions would serve to mitigate any sort of backlash it receives on the price jump.