Last week, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released his latest research note which suggested some iPhone 8 models may be in for a big design change, along with wireless charging capabilities.
According to the note, Apple is working on an all-glass version of the upcoming iPhone handsets, which will allow for wireless charging tech from Pegatron to be integrated properly into the phones.
Now, Kuo has released a new research note (via MacRumours), in which he forecasts the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 will come with the wireless charging and all-glass design, as opposed to his previous report which said all models were 'likely' to arrive with the new features.
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As the note states: "Our rationale is as follows: (1) the OLED model may trigger replacement demand among high-end users given its completely all-new-design form factor and notably superior specs in comparison to the TFT-LCD models; and (2) the new 4.7” iPhone, featuring glass casing and wireless charging, looks well positioned to tap replacement demand at the entry level."
A wireless charger is expected to be bundled with at least some of next year's iPhone 8 models, which are said to include the standard and Plus versions, along with a new iteration that features a curved OLED screen.
According to a report this week from the Wall Street Journal, Apple is testing 10 different iPhone 8 prototypes at this stage, so there's no telling exactly what will arrive in 2017 just yet.
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Kuo also predicts that the upcoming iPhone instalment will be Apple's biggest-selling iPhone yet, writing: "To our understanding, while demand visibility in 2H17F is as yet unclear and presumed pull-in demand may change anytime, upstream suppliers may be around now setting ramp-up targets for new iPhone pull-in of somewhere between 120mn and 150mn units in 2H17F, exceeding previous iPhone 6, 6s and 7 cycles of 110-120mn, 100-110mn and 90-100mn units, respectively.
"In other words, ramp-up for 2H17F pull-in may exceed the previous peak for iPhone 6, and hit a historical high."
The iPhone 8 is expected to launch in September 2017, but Apple has remained characteristically quiet when it comes to any specific details.
As such, it's best to take Kuo's predictions with a pinch of salt at this early stage.
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