Apple is expected to introduce three new iPhones - two iterative updates and a redesigned OLED iPhone - in September this year. While we are just a few months away from official announcement, the rumour mill around the forthcoming devices has started to heat up. Forbes recently got its hands on official renders of the OLED iPhone revealing the design and now claims to have access to the final renders of the device.
Forbes claims the new renders have been obtained in collaboration with luxury case maker Nodus, which used its supply chain contacts to verify its authenticity. The final render confirms previous reports that a huge 5.8-inch display will dominate the front of the OLED iPhone. The sides of the display are surrounded by thinner 4mm bezels and are said to be less prone to accidents than Samsung's Galaxy S8.
The new renders indicate that Apple is planning to ditch the physical home button and use of an elongated power button suggests the new home of Touch ID. Apple reportedly investigated options to embed Touch ID under the display but has now fallen back to either ditching the Touch ID altogether or integrating it with the power button. Apple was recently granted a patent for fingerprint reader embedded within the power button.
The top of the display seems to host the cut out for front camera and 3D facial recognition sensors. The report adds that the display will also be used to prominently showcase connectivity and battery status. It also says that notifications will be moved to 'function area', which is also rumoured to deliver shortcut to frequently used apps.
The renders also suggest that OLED iPhone will retain the lightning port and dual stereo speaker setup. Apple is said to offer vertically placed dual rear camera setup but the exact configuration is not known yet. Analysts claim that the OLED iPhone could start at $1,200 and will only be offered in 128GB and 256GB storage options. The 2017 iPhone lineup is rumoured to offer wireless charging support and Apple is reportedly facing software issues. Apple is known for secretly guarding its products before launch and while most details have been leaked, the company could have some new features up its sleeve.