Apple May Break The Usual iPhone Standard Schedule

Posted by Kirhat | Wednesday, April 06, 2016 | | 0 comments »

Changes are about to happen with the rollout of the iPhone SE. The launch early this year, it has become clear that Apple is no longer beholden to its old iPhone release schedule of "new models only in the fall, older models rolling off the price list in 2 years."

But if Apple’s top Wall Street analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is to be believed, this is just the beginning. The company was reportedly set to make an even bigger break with past behavior come this fall. The KGI Securities analyst, in a report obtained by Mac Rumors, suggests Apple is going to launch a massive overhaul of the iPhone with a 5.8-inch OLED screen and a curved glass front and back. However, that overhaul won’t come until 2017, while 2016's iPhone 7 will be substantially similar to the current design.

Filtering out what is believable and doable before fall, this means that the next variant would deviate from a pattern that iPhone has followed for the past 6 years. Specifically, Apple rolls out a new design in the even year and then substantially upgrades the internals in the odd years. This happened with iPhone 4, 5, and 6 each sporting substantial changes to the physical nature of the phone — most importantly in screen size with the past two generations.

A number of recent rumors have suggested iPhone 7 will do little design-wise to deviate from the 6 and 6s other than to drop the headphone jack, become even thinner and perhaps gain a second speaker. There have also been suggestions that an improved camera module will no longer protrude from the back of the phone even as it slims down.

While this subtle a change seems unlikely, it is safe to say a few months ago few would have been easily persuaded Apple would take the design from the 3 1/2-year-old iPhone 5, pump it full of 6s technology and sell it for US$ 50 less than the iPhone 5s. But that’s exactly what the SE is.


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