IPhone 7 will be followed straight away by the iPhone 8, says report, marking huge change in Apple naming system
iPhone 7 will be followed straight away by the iPhone 8, says report, marking huge change in Apple naming system
The 'S' releases have become routine and widely-expected – but they might be about to stop
The next iPhone will be part of a “replacement” cycle that will be followed by a “mega upgrade” next year, according to a new report.
The iPhone 7 is expected to look mostly like the existing iPhone 6 and 6s. But then it will be followed straight away by the iPhone 8, which will mark a huge step away from previous handsets, according to Mark Moskowitz, an analyst at Barclays.
Apple has set a generally accepted rhythm for its iPhone releases, with each major update being followed by a phone that has internal improvements but the same look, and tacks S on the end of the phone’s name. But the new releases could throw out that rhythm entirely.
When the iPhone 7 is released, in September, it will be more like another S phone, according to Barclays. It will include a range of tweaks – such as the removal of the headphone jack, and the addition of a dual-lens camera – but will look largely similar to the existing phones.
That will then be followed straight away by the iPhone 8, the following year, the new report claims. That will be a “mega cycle” upgrade, as opposed to the 7’s “incremental” one, the report claims.
That chimes with similar reports in the past that have claimed that the 7 might only have minimal changes – and then be followed by a phone that might include new screen technology and might be made entirely out of glass, according to often reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.