Everything old is new again when it comes to the iPhone line. With the announcement of a new four-inch iPhone, called the iPhone SE, Apple has brought back the screen size that users bid farewell to a couple of years ago. I had a few moments with the phone at Apple's launch event in Cupertino, Calif., and got to re-familiarize myself with the smaller screen. If I had to sum up the iPhone SE in one sentence it would be this: This is an iPhone 6S in the body of an iPhone 5S. There probably won't be a lot of people who switch to the SE from a 6S or 6S Plus, though, unless they really miss the smaller screen.
Apple is about to ditch LCD and use OLED screens for its entire 2019 iPhone lineup, a new report from ET News (via MacRumors) claims, quoting several unnamed Apple officials. Right now, the Cupertino phone maker only has an OLED screen in its top-of-the-range iPhone X model, while iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have a cheaper, LCD screen. Apple is expected to launch three new iPhone models this year, but only two of them are expected to have an OLED screen; the third, cheaper model is likely to have an LCD screen. The outlet did not offer many more details, and the rumor is not entirely new, but it has already caused a sharp drop in the stock price of Japan Display, which is one of the main suppliers of LCD screens for Apple's iPhones. Currently, Apple buys OLED screens for its iPhone X from Samsung, but reports earlier this year claimed that LG will supply OLED screens for at least one new iPhone model.
This week, Apple announced four new iPhones, more than the company has ever released all in one shot. Naturally, there's the iPhone 12, a big upgrade over last year's iPhone 11, with an all-new body design, OLED screen, upgraded camera, 5G cellular connectivity and support for Apple's new MagSafe charging and accessories. Like last year, there are also two "pro" iPhones, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, with more and better cameras cameras, a LiDAR sensor, stainless steel construction… and not a ton else, to be honest. The screens are bigger than last year's models, though -- 6.1 and 6.7 inches, respectively. And finally, a fourth iPhone, the 12 Mini, takes everything in the standard 12 and puts it in a relatively tiny body with a 5.4-inch screen.
With September's (unconfirmed but very probable) iPhone event right around the corner, the iPhone rumor mill is in its penultimate stage, and this means anything is possible. A report from the Nikkei Asian Review, citing a source familiar with the company's plans, claims Apple will launch three new iPhones in 2017, one of which will be a 5.5-inch device or larger with both sides curved, similar to Samsung's Galaxy Note7 or the Galaxy S7 Edge. SEE ALSO: The iPhone's Retina display isn't good enough anymore The source predicted the other two phones will be flat-screened 4.7 and 5.5 inches in size -- the sizes of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus -- which would mean Apple is about to replicate Samsung's strategy, which first launched the Galaxy Note Edge in 2014 as a high-end, slightly experimental alternative to the classic Galaxy S and Note devices. While the report does not explicitly state it, this would also mean Apple would have to switch to an OLED display (instead of an LCD) for the curvy iPhone, and that's been rumored for quite some time as well. The rumor has no other details about the 2017 iPhones, and it should definitely be taken with a grain of salt, as we've yet to learn what this year's iPhone lineup looks like.
Apple will release three variants of its iPhone next year according to a report from the (usually reliable) analytics company KGI Securities. One of the new iPhones will have a 5.5-inch OLED screen, the report (caught by 9to5Mac) says, while the other two will have LCD displays, just like the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The dual camera will only be offered on the larger, 5.5-inch models, while the 4.7-inch iPhone will have a single camera. The report doesn't say much about current rumors of a radically new, bezel-less iPhone. However, KGI has reported on multiple occasions that Apple will likely switch the glass-and-metal iPhone frame with an all-glass design next year.