Analysts and customers have been throwing out predictions about the much-hyped device since early 2017. The consensus is that Apple will release a new OLED iPhone with an edge-to-edge screen, known as the iPhone 8, as well as updated versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Kuo predicted that the iPhone 8 will have "the highest screen-to-body ratio of any smartphone currently available worldwide." TheStreet put together a quick summary of Kuo's other predictions for the three soon-to-be-released iPhones.
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1. Apple will release three new iPhone models in the second half of 2017. One model will have an OLED screen (sometimes referred to as the iPhone 8) and two will have LCD screens (sometimes referred to as the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models). The OLED model will be 5.2" or 5.8", while the two LCD phones will be 4.7" and 5.5".
3. The new OLED iPhone will have 3D sensing for facial recognition and higher-quality selfies.
4. The OLED iPhone and larger LCD iPhone will come with DRAM capacity of 3GB to support a dual-camera, while the smaller LCD iPhone will have 2GB DRAM since it only has a single camera.
5. All three models will come with 64GB and 256GB storage options.
6. All three models will have a lightning port, as well as an embedded USB-C power delivery IC for faster charging.
7. The OLED model will have better-quality sound than previous models and the new iPhones 7 models.
8. The OLED iPhone will have fewer color options than the LCD iPhones in order to create a premium, exclusive image for it.
9. Production will ramp up for the OLED iPhone in October and November and for the LCD iPhones in August and September. Apple will probably announce all three models in September, but the official launch of the OLED iPhone may come out later than the LCD iPhones due to supply concerns.
Note: A number of analysts are predicting an October or November launch for the iPhone 8 due to a limited supply for the curved OLED screen.
10. Apple will ship between 80 million and 85 million units of the three models combined in the 2017 financial year. The shipments will be split evenly between the OLED and LCD models.
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