Here are some key rumours we’ve heard, as well as some new features and changes we’d like to see introduced.
Super Retina Display: One of the big changes that the iPhone X introduced was the Super Retina display. This is a 5.8-inch OLED display with a generous 2436 x 1125-pixel display resolution.
We’re very much hoping that we’ll see a trickle-down effect that results in the iPhone 9 getting a similarly impressive display in 2018. For a start, as OLED panels become cheaper for Apple to purchase, they become a much more compelling option for new iPhone models.
It’s also worth remembering that it’s increasingly difficult to improve smartphones, given that most flagships are generally seen as being good enough for the vast majority of users. Upping the display ante would be a simple iterative improvement.
However, a report in September 2017 from the WSJ noted that Apple had expressed an interest in buying a large number of LCD displays from Japan Display – which will make up 70% of the company’s display orders for the next wave of iPhones due in September next year. That could mean OLED may still be reserved for a premium edition iPhone only.
Apple supposedly had plans for three different screen sizes in 2081: 5.28 inches, 5.85 inches, and 6.46 inches. However, the latest rumour is that the 5.3-inch model has been culled from Apple’s roadmap, leaving us with two larger handsets instead.
It’s also possible that we could see the same all-screen front that the iPhone X featured, including the small display notch at the top of the handset that houses sensor and camera components.