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Apple to launch three iPhone models next year

Apple iPhone upcoming 5.8-inch high-end AMOLED model to launch in 2017 or 2018
Apple iPhone upcoming AMOLED model
The upcoming iPhone trio is expected to include two LCD-based 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, as well as a high-end OLED-based 5.8-inch model.

Apple seems to have big plans for 2017 when the tech giant is expected to launch not just one or two, but three different smartphone models. If the rumors turn out to be true, one of these handsets will also be the first iPhone to feature a curved AMOLED display similar to the ones already used by Samsung for its top-of-the-line devices.

According to Nikkei's inside sources, "There will be a 4.7-inch model, another that will be 5.5-inches and a premium handset that will be either 5.5-inches or larger equipped with a screen bent on the two sides." The fact that Samsung is expected to be Apple's only curved AMOLED display supplier is not a surprise but remains to see how will they be able to cover its own needs and those of the iPhone maker as well. For now, insiders think this is not possible.

At last, Yuanta Investment Consulting's analyst Jeff Pu thinks that "Apple is likely to give up metal casings for iPhones and shift to a new look -- a front glass cover and chassis, joined by a metal bezel for all its handsets next year." The three models expected for 2017-2018 should be the next Apple handsets to launch after this year's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (these names are not official yet).


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Codrut Nistor, 2016-08-23 (Update: 2016-08-23)