According to a reliable Apple analyst, the company will release three new iPhones this year — including a redesigned iPhone 8 (or iPhone X) and two iterative iPhone 7 updates.
All three models will reportedly boast new Apple wireless charging tech, rather than the feature being limited to a high-end OLED handset.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that because the wireless charging technology produces more heat, the iPhones will include a new graphite layer to protect the 3D Touch sensor from being damaged.
Another reason for this protective graphite layer could be the fact that the glass casing expected for the redesigned iPhone is less efficient at dissipating heat, compared to aluminum. A previous report suggested that the glass casing is an integral part of the wireless charging technology that’s expected to be a big part of this year’s iPhone refresh.
These changes are all likely to contribute to increased production costs for manufacturers, which may then be passed on to consumers — possibly with the resulting top-end iPhone costing up to $1,000. Kuo suggests that the 3D Touch module alone will rise in cost between 30 percent and 50 percent due to the new production requirements.
For more on the new iPhones, which are expected to debut in 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch and 5.8-inch variants, you can check out our recent iPhone 8 mockup video here.
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