Apple: Surprise! Short Supply of OLED Could Actually Help Them, Says Guggenheim

Finally, it's rumored that Apple will abandon the physical home button on its 2017 iPhone models. Apple will have to turn to Samsung to get these displays, at least at first, as Samsung is the only company capable of manufacturing them in sufficient quantities for a device as popular as the iPhone. Beyond a new display, the same sources say Apple is planning other upgrades to differentiate the iPhone 8 from the iPhone 7. Apple has sold hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads since introducing Lightning, and accessory makers have created a vast galaxy of Lightning-compatible devices to be used with those iPhones and iPads.

An USB-C iPhone might not be more than just a dream. In 2012, when AAPL ditched the 30-pin connector it had used for almost a decade, the move meant buyers of the iPhone 5 couldn't use their new iPhone with existing speaker docks, cables and other accessories.

I think most of us who follow tech can agree that USB-C is going to be the next standard as it offers broader functionality over Lightning and Micro-USB.




The switch could be frustrating for Apple users, forcing them to use yet another adapter for their devices.

But the move would also cause headaches for Apple's very big user base.

Interestingly, this look on iPhone 8 will resemble the all-glass design incorporated on iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s. Regardless, if the wireless charging rumor is true, then you may not even need to plug in a cable to the new iPhone in order to power up the device. People weren't happy with the death of the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7, a change that forced people to rely on gadgets that work with the Lightning port-or a dongle. What's really surprising about the WSJ's report is the claim that Apple will ditch Lightning with the iPhone 8 in favor of USB-C. This means that Apple would create a new division in its iPhone line, opening up the scope for new peripherals and apps, but also causing confusion and frustration by throwing a new port into the mix.

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