Apple may revamp its lineup of iPhones next year to include a new casing, new curved display and wireless charging, according to a reliable analyst.
An iPhone with a glass casing and curved AMOLED screen will debut in 2017, according to a note issued Saturday by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities. The note, as described by 9to5mac, appears to contradict an earlier report by the analyst that the Cupertino, California-based tech titan wouldn't release an iPhone with new screen technology until 2018.
As part of its big product event today, Apple is dropping a handful of significant updates to its four platforms. The final versions of iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4, tvOS 9.2, and WatchOS 2.2 will all be available to download today for all supported devices. Apple began beta testing the updates back in January.
When Steve Jobs took the wraps off iPad in 2010, he called the 9.7-inch, iOS-powered tablet "magical and revolutionary," a testament to Apple's industry-leading design and engineering prowess. It was Cupertino's first foray into slate-style computing and at $499 came at a price point nestled in that Goldilocks zone between iPhone and Mac.
Apple's engineers have joined the struggle between the company and the federal government over whether or not a court order can force Apple to de-encrypt an iPhone. If Apple loses, multiple engineers would resist building a backdoor to iPhone encryption and some would quit their jobs, the New York Times reported on Thursday.
Reporters from the Times interviewed more than a half-dozen current and former Apple employees, including security engineers and executives involved in the development of the company's mobile products.
According to sources who spoke with 9to5Mac, the incoming iPhone SE will not be a smaller iPhone 6 — at least aesthetically.
It seems there will be some holdovers from both the iPhone 5s and 6 in the SE, though. The overall dimensions are said to be the same as the iPhone 5s, but the curved edges won’t be shiny.
The cover glass may be rounded at the edges, but it seems the curvature is so slight it’s indistinguishable. Other components of the SE’s hardware — like the headphone jack, power button and volume buttons — will be just as you find them on the iPhone 5s.