Apple is said to be deciding between glass, plastic and ceramic casing material for its 2017 iPhone; however, Kuo believes Apple will ultimately settle on glass like the iPhone, "as plastic doesn’t offer thin and light form factor designs, and it would be not easy to precisely control the tolerance of ceramic."
The 2017 iPhone is said to have a curved display and a curved glass body. Building on the iPhone 4 design, both the front and back will be glass and the sides will be metal, says Kuo. Additionally, it will reportedly feature a “completely new form factor design” with more narrow bezels and a “more comfortably grip.”
Notably, Kuo also says that Apple will introduce a larger 5.8-inch iPhone in 2017 with an AMOLED. Although the display will be larger, the form factor of the device is said to be smaller than the current 5.5-inch iPhone. If the supply level of the AMOLED displays is sufficient, Apple will replace the 5.5-inch model.
Furthermore, the new iPhone is said to include wireless charging capabilities. We've heard rumors that Apple's implementation of wireless charging will work long-range; however, Kuo doesn't go into any specifics.
Lastly, the 2017 iPhone is expected to bring further biometric recognitions, possibly facial recognition or eye recognition.
If Apple follows along its typical release cycle, the iPhone 7 would have been the device to get a major update; however, several rumors have suggested that this year's iPhone update may only bring a thinner device with no headphone port.
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