Mr. Peabody used the Wayback Machine to take Sherman into the past for various and sundry history lessons. Today, Ms. O’Brien, Michigan Avenue’s Lady of the Perpetual Guessing Game, goes into the future for a look at the next iPhone.
What can you expect from Apple’s flagship device of the future before it gets here (otherwise, it wouldn’t be an expectation, right?)? In the past we’ve seen new iPhones that were thinner, lighter, and faster. Here in 2017 we’ll be treated to new iPhones that are bigger and smaller at the same time. How’s that for Steve Jobs pulling a rabbit out of his hat from the grave?
Apple can pull off this feat by employing modern technology much the way Samsung and other smartphone manufacturers already have. Bigger screen in what might appear to be a smaller case. Or, put another way– a bigger screen in the same sized case, which means the iPhone got bigger and smaller at the same time.
Here’s how Samsung did it. The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch screen but the case size is about the same as Apple’s iPhone 7. Bigger screen, smaller case. Smaller than what? Smaller than the Galaxy S8 Plus which has a 6.2-inch display, far larger than the iPhone 7 Plus screen at 5.5-inches, yet the whole package– screen and case together (which is how it’s usually done) is within mini-millimeters of the iPhone’s overall dimensions.
It’s like getting a smartphone with a bigger screen in a smaller case. That’s technological magic, or something akin to manufacturing sorcery.
How does Samsung do it? Much the way Apple will do it later this year. No, not trickery, mirrors, or a potion sprinkled onto humanity from a high earth orbit. No, it’s just math. Samsung and a few other smartphone makers dispensed with most of the non-screen portions of their new devices, moving to a smaller chin and smaller forehead and almost non-existent bezels; that part of the smartphone you hold.
Ipso facto, alakazam, and Voila! Bigger screen meets smaller device. Kinda. Sorta. Mostly.
That’s what Apple will do later this year, but my futuristic pondering doesn’t allow me to delve into the details, at least, not down to the millimeter, but we can expect about three new iPhones to grace humanity’s expectations. I predict and iPhone 8, an iPhone 7s Plus, and an iPhone 7s. Whoa! Specifics are what cause predictions to fail, amirite?
Here’s how I expect it play out. iPhone 8 will be the same size as iPhone 7 Plus, but with a bigger screen since there’s not much chin, forehead, or bezels to grasp. That same math magic means iPhone 7s Plus, which would have a 5.5-inch-ish screen but in a package the size of the iPhone 7. With me so far? That’s two of the three.
The third iPhone would eliminate the need for an iPhone SE because the iPhone 7s would be about the same size, but have a larger screen thanks to the chinless, forehead-less, and bezel-less design that’s becoming more vogue than sad love songs from Adele, whom I expect to see onstage at Apple’s iPhone introduction later this summer.