Although many people think that smartphones have gotten much thinner as the years have went by, a Reddit user pointed out that Apple’s iPhone has gradually become thicker since 2014, capped off by the iPhone XR which is the thickest model since the iPhone 4S in 2011.
Below are some of the sizes outlined below:
- iPhone XR: 8.3mm
- iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max: 7.7mm
- iPhone X: 7.7 mm
- iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus: 7.3mm and 7.5mm
- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: 7.1mm and 7.3mm
- iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: 7.1mm and 7.3mm
- iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: 6.9mm and 7.1mm
According to the Korean website, ETNews, the trend may finally come to an end next year as Apple may adopt Samsung-designed OLED display tech called Y-OCTA, which integrates the typically-separate touch-screen layer into the display panel itself. There is obviously a possibility that the reduction in thickness is negligible. The bigger advantage here might be reduced costs and better margins, as the report claims that the Y-OCTA displays are less expensive to manufacture, lowering the bill of materials for Apple’s iPhone.
Analysts in the industry such as Anne Lee of Japanese research firm Nomura, said that the 2019 iPhones will “likely have the same form factors” as the existing set of iPhones. Apple analyst, Ming Chi Kuo, is expecting the iPhone screen sizes to remain the same for its offerings in 2019 as well. Rumors beyond this suggest that the 2019 iPhones will have a triple-lens rear-facing camera and enhanced Face ID.
We still have ways to go but speculation and predictions are starting very early this time around.