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Published: Wed, February 22, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

New Secret iPhone Revealed, Set For Surprise Early Release

New Secret iPhone Revealed, Set For Surprise Early Release

Apple is expected to celebrate its tenth iPhone anniversary by launching three new iPhone models, including an exciting iPhone 8 expected to feature a radical new design. The report says the high-end iPhone will include a 5.8 inch display but will not be curved, due to yield issues.

TrendForce also says that the phone will have 3 GB RAM, the same as the iPhone 7 Plus, and will be available in two storage sizes: 64 GB and 256 GB.

TrendForce repeats rumors that the premium iPhone 8 will be more expensive than the current high-end lineup, with a price up to $1000 "or even higher". Normally, Apple prices the iPhone at $50 to $100 more for each successive storage level. The smartphone is expected to come with a 5.8-inch display and 2k resolution, alongside 2.5D glass on top. Therefore, the display aspect ratio of the next high-end iPhone could exceed 2:1, while the phone's overall body size could be similar to that of the next 4.7-inch model. These devices will be more affordable than the "high-end iPhone". The other two models Apple is planning to unveil will be minor upgrades from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

The iPhone 8 is estimated to account for at least 40% of the whole production of next-generation iPhones this year and it will trigger "a huge wave of replacement demand", according to TrendForce.

Furthermore, the significant innovations in the latest iPhone refresh are created to attract the large group consumers who have bought iPhones but yet to replace them since iPhone 6.

The report also claims that the limited supply of AMOLED displays could play in Apple's favor as it "could be a factor in preventing some Chinese brands from achieving the same kind of exceptional shipment growth as in a year ago". In a new research report, TrendForce reveals its findings on Apple's plans for 2017. Having served businesses for over a decade, the company has built up a strong membership base of 500,000 subscribers residing the technology and financial services sectors.

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