“Apple will likely take three years between full-model changes of its iPhone devices, a year longer than the current cycle,” Yuichiro Kanematsu reports for Nikkei. “In a typical two-year term, fall 2016 was supposed to see a major upgrade, but the changes on the model to be launched this autumn will be minor, such as improved camera quality.”

“The move is largely due to smartphone functions having little room left for major enhancements,” Kanematsu reports. “A slowing market is another factor.”

Purported photo of iPhone 7 rear case

Purported photo of iPhone 7 rear case

“The new version slated for this autumn will look almost identical to the current iPhone 6. Functions such as the camera, water resistance and battery capacity will likely be improved, and the headphone jack will be removed,” Kanematsu reports. “Also, a high-end version of the model will give users better-quality photo capabilities via correction functions.”

“The 2017 model will likely involve major enhancements and design changes, including adoption of an organic electroluminescent display,” Kanematsu reports. “The new device will also be able to create more complex tactile vibrations on the display because of a tiny, but high-performance motor equipped inside.”

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MacDailyNews Take: This report does echo notes from well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Hopefully, if true, this also means Apple will drop the needlessly denigrating “S” nomenclature and instead simply go with iPhone, iPhone Plus, and any other iPhone models they devise (“iPhone Pro” or “iPhone Air,” for example) denoted with the year of release.

We’re dreaming of the iPhone (2016) family running iOS 10 (iOS X?) already!

Ming-Chi Kuo: 2016 Apple Watch will be internal ‘s’ upgrade, major design changes to wait until 2017 – April 11, 2016
Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple to revamp iPhone lineup in 2017 with iPhone 4-like design, 5.8-inch model – March 26, 2016
Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple iPhone 7 Plus to offer innovative dual-camera configuration – January 28, 2016