As stated on wikipedia, Apple has released ten generations of iPhone models, each accompanied by one of the ten major releases of the iOS operating system. The original 1st-generation iPhone was a GSM phone and established design precedents, such as a button placement that has persisted throughout all releases and a screen size maintained for the next four iterations.
The iPhone 3G added 3G network support, and was followed by the 3GS with improved hardware, the 4 with a metal chassis, higher display resolution and front-facing camera, and the 4S with improved hardware and the voice assistant Siri.
The iPhone 5 featured a taller, 4-inch display and Apple’s newly introduced Lightning connector. In 2013, Apple released the 5S with improved hardware and a fingerprint reader, and the lower-cost 5C, a version of the 5 with colored plastic casings instead of metal. They were followed by the larger iPhone 6, with models featuring 4.7 and 5.5-inch displays.
The iPhone 6S was introduced the following year, which featured hardware upgrades and support for pressure-sensitive touch inputs, as well as the SE—which featured hardware from the 6S but the smaller form factor of the 5S.
In 2016, Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which add water resistance, improved system and graphics performance, a new rear dual-camera setup on the Plus model, and new color options, while removing the 3.5 mm headphone jack found on previous phones.
Now, 2017 is approaching speedily and there are already speculations and rumors alike in the air about what type and nomenclature the next Apple’s iPhone would be. Well, we got news for you. Read on.
KGI Securities superstar Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple is going to release three iPhone models next year, including a premium priced 5.8-inch Apple iPhone 8 that will pack an OLED screen and contain all the bells and whistles expected of a device commemorating a decade of the Apple iPhone. The iPhone 8 will have an active touchscreen area measuring 5.1 to 5.2-inches and Barclay’s analyst says it will be bezel-less.
He also analyses that Apple will keep the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus names on the 2017 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models respectively. Both of those units will continue to sport LCD screens. They both should be powered by the A11 chipset and all three units will feature an all-glass casing. This will allow the three new iPhone models to offer wireless charging at faster speeds. Metal casings tend to slow down the technology. Kuo also says that Foxconn will have its hands full with the OLED screen on the iPhone 8, leaving Pegatron to handle the wireless charging.
What are you expecting next year from Apple as regards the iPhone?