Apple iPhone 8 will have similar form factor to 4.7-inch iPhone 7, a bigger battery: KGI Report

Apple next-gen flagship iPhone 8 will carry dimensions similar to 4.7-inch iPhone 7 but pack a Plus-sized battery.

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Highlights

    • iPhone 8 to carry similar iPhone 7 dimensions.
    • iPhone 8 to cost up to $1000.
    • The next-gen flagship expected to launch in September.

KGI securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo’s predictions on Apple’s future product plans have always been on the mark. Over the past several years, his consistently accurate predictions on the future of apple products has made him someone worth listening to. As the Cupertino tech giant gears up for the 2017 flagship, the popular Apple analyst is back with a new report. According to the report, Kuo indicates that the upcoming iPhone 8 will carry dimensions similar to the 4.7-inch iPhone 7. However, it will pack a bigger battery comparable to the iPhone 7 Plus. He expects that the new device will have around a 2,700mAh L-shaped two-cell battery pack.

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Source: MacRumors

Kuo revealed that Apple plans to increase the battery life by adopting a high-cost stacked ‘substrate-like’ PCB mainboard. The Apple analyst said, “As battery material tech isn’t likely to see major breakthroughs in the next 3-5 years, mainboard area can only be reduced via stacked SLP, which makes space for larger battery and extended usage time.” “The battery life of the OLED iPhone could be better than that of the 5.5” TFT-LCD model as OLED panels are more energy-efficient than their TFT-LCD counterparts,” Kuo added.

Ming Chi Kuo’s recent predictions on Apple’s wireless charging have gained weight as well as the company is reported to have officially joined the Wireless Power Consortium recently. According to reports, Apple is expected to introduce the wireless inductive charging on the new iPhone 8 and the supposed LCD-based iPhone 7s models as well.

Leak reports earlier claim that Apple might remove all the physical buttons and bring a revamped iPhone. The upcoming flagship is expected to have a 3D Touch sensor, an edge-to-edge OLED display and a curved glass back. If these reports turn to be true, then the new iPhone might carry a price (rumoured to cost $1000) higher than the previous flagship smartphones. As the company follows its traditional product launch cycle, Apple’s next three iPhone models are expected to make its debut in September this year.

(Source: MacRumors)