While Apple's next iPhone model, widely known as iPhone 7, is yet to hit the ground, the rumour mill has been abuzz about the next model expected in 2017. New disclosures suggest the upcoming iPhone will sport a display covering the front face of the device entirely. This means the device will be without the "chin" and "forehead", a design that is radically different from the existing iPhone line-up.
The latest information comes from John Gruber of Daring Fireball, quoted by Apple Insider, who claims to have the news from sources inside Apple. Gruber said: "The Touch ID sensor will be somehow embedded in the display, the front facing camera will somehow be embedded in the display, the speaker, everything."
However, it remains unclear if Apple is planning to shrink the form factor of the iPhone but retain similar display size or increase it further. "2017 is going to be the jaw-dropping, wow, that's an astounding industrial design iPhone," he adds.
Gruber goes on to say the upcoming iPhone 7 is expected to match the previous iPhone iterations — iPhone 6 and 6s — in terms of look. But he believes it is unlikely that Apple would call this year's model iPhone 7. In addition to that it would be an updated version of iPhone 6s, without any antenna lines at the backside of the handset.
Earlier in March, Ming-Chi Kuo, noted analyst at KGI securities predicted Apple's 2017 iPhone would come with a glass casing and AMOLED display, instead of IPS LCD display used in current iPhones. Wireless charging, biometric and facial and eye recognition are some of the few features of the smartphone.