9 Features Wall Street Expects in the Next iPhone – Barron’s
But when Wall Street analysts start writing about upcoming features, the rumor mill becomes part of the stock story. Then, if the iPhone fails to live up to expectations, Apple will have not just disappointed consumers, but also investors.
This weekend, RBC’s Amit Daryanani issued a rundown of what he thinks will be key elements of the 10th anniversary flagship phone, expected out in September:
1. An edgeless OLED display with a slightly curved screen
2. No physical home button — a TouchID sensor would be built in to the screen
3. Faster processors
4. A glass body, instead of the current aluminum casing
5. Wireless charging capabilities
6. A front-facing camera that makes augmented reality and facial recognition possible
7. 3GB of RAM — same as the iPhone 7 Plus, according to teardown site iFixit
8. A potentially steep price tag — the flagship model could sell for upwards of $1,000
9. Three different models — upgraded versions of the current 4.7” and 5.5” models, plus a fancier flagship phone
“We think the next iteration of the flagship iPhone will be a complete redesign (the first since the iPhone 6 in 2014) and will drive an iPhone super cycle that could match or even surpass unit sales/growth during the iPhone 6 cycle,” Daryanani wrote.
Big Picture: The iPhone could get a complete makeover come September. One analyst expects the new phone to have an edgeless display, a glass body, wireless charging, and a hefty price tag.