Reiterating previous reports, sources tell the WSJ that Apple plans to release three iPhone models this year. Two models are set to feature traditional LCDs and the third one will have an OLED screen.
Most notably, Apple is said to be replacing the Lightning connector in favor of USB-C.
They said Apple would introduce other updates including a USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company’s original Lightning connector. The models would also do away with a physical home button, they said.
The change would make sense given that Apple has equipped its new MacBooks with USB-C; however, it will likely upset customers who have invested in Lightning accessories for their devices following Apple's switch from the 30-pin dock connector.
It's widely expected that the 10th anniversary iPhone will be a major update. It will purportedly have a chassis made of reinforced glass with a stainless steel metal frame and an edge-to-edge display that has no bezels on the top and bottom. Additionally, the front camera, Touch ID, speaker, and other sensors will apparently be embedded into the display. Another report claims that the device would be a clear piece of glass with a next-generation OLED screen. The 5.8-inch screen is said to feature a main 5.15-inch display area with a reserved 'function area' below for virtual buttons. The device may use a stacked logic board design freeing up space for a larger battery pack. More recently, Apple is said to be equipping the phone with wireless charging, an iris scanner or face scanner, and a 3D camera.
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