iPhone 17 'Slim': Everything We Know So Far

Written on 07/05/2024
Taylor Bell

iPhone 17 Slim: Rumors So Far

In 2025, Apple is expected to drop the iPhone "Plus" from its iPhone 17 lineup, replacing it with the iPhone "Slim," though it may not be called that when it arrives next fall. The iPhone 16 series launch is still more than two months away, but rumors of a second-generation iPhone coming aren't all that unusual, considering we've already heard talk of iPhone 16 Pro models getting larger displays in May 2023. As we wait for this year's iPhone 16 series, here's a roundup of what we've heard so far from reliable sources about Apple's so-called iPhone 17 "Slim."

Thinner Design

According to The Information, Apple's new iPhone 17 models next year will have a "significantly thinner" design with an aluminum body, rather than a titanium body like Apple's Pro models. The news outlet also claims that the device's dynamic island will be narrower, probably due to Apple's introduction of a smaller "metalens" for the Face ID system. The redesign of the device, internally codenamed D23, is described as being comprehensively comparable to the iPhone X.

Smaller Display

The first details on the size of the device's display came courtesy of Haitong International Securities analyst Jeff Poo, who said it would be 6.6 inches. However, Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) analyst Ross Young said the display would be 6.55 inches. For comparison, the iPhone 15 Plus has a 6.7-inch display. Apple is said to still be testing different designs for the slim phone, so the display size could change before the device hits the market.

Relocated Cameras

The Information has claimed that the iPhone 17 "Slim" will have a camera in a place never seen before on an iPhone. A May report said the rear camera could be moved to the "top center" of the device. While some Android smartphones, such as Google's Pixel 8 Pro, have the rear camera at the top center, Apple's iPhone's camera system has been in the top left corner since the 2007 model.

Anti-Reflective Coating

According to Chinese Weibo leaker Instant Digital, all iPhone 17 models will have anti-reflective displays that are more scratch-resistant than Apple's Ceramic Shield found on iPhone 15 models. The iPhone 17 series' outer glass features an "ultra-hard anti-reflective layer" that is "more scratch-resistant." It's not clear if Apple plans to adopt Gorilla Glass Armor, which Samsung uses on the Galaxy S24 Ultra, but Corning's description of the latest technology is consistent with the rumors.
According to The Elec, all iPhone 17 models will have OLED displays with low-power backplane technology, and Apple's non-Pro iPhone models will feature ProMotion for the first time. ProMotion allows the display to achieve a refresh rate of up to 120Hz when needed for smoother scrolling and video content. ProMotion also allows the display to drop to a more energy-efficient refresh rate of up to 1Hz. That's why the iPhone 15 Pro screen comes with an always-on feature that displays the clock, widgets, notifications, and lock screen wallpaper even when the device is turned off or locked.

ProMotion Technology

According to The Elec, all iPhone 17 models will feature OLED displays with low-power backplane technology, bringing ProMotion to Apple's non-Pro iPhone models for the first time. ProMotion ramps up the device's display to a 120Hz refresh rate for smoother scrolling and video content when needed. ProMotion also allows the display to scale down to a more power-efficient refresh rate as low as 1Hz, which is why the iPhone 15 Pro screens feature an always-on capability that shows the Lock Screen's clock, widgets, notifications, and wallpaper even when the device is locked.

Improved Selfie Camera

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the entire iPhone 17 lineup will feature a 24-megapixel front camera with a six-element lens. The iPhone 14 and 15 feature a 12-megapixel front camera with five plastic lens elements, and this year's iPhone 16 lineup is expected to feature the same hardware. The iPhone 17's increased resolution helps maintain photo quality even when cropped or zoomed in, and the increased pixel count helps capture more detail. The upgrade to a six-element lens also provides a slight improvement in image quality.

Internal Upgrades

Haitong analyst Jeff Poo claims that the iPhone 17 "Slim" will come with 8GB of RAM compared to 6GB on the iPhone 15 Plus. It's worth noting that all upcoming iPhone 16 models are expected to come with 8GB of RAM, a hardware requirement from Apple's in-device intelligence. According to The Information, the device will also feature Apple's A19 chip.

Higher Price

The Data detailed that the slimmer iPhone 17 seem have a better cost tag than the Master Max demonstrate, which as of now begins at $1,199, proposing that the gadget would become the ew highest-end demonstrate within the lineup, bettering the iPhone 17 Pro Max. In case that's the case, at that point maybe the "iPhone Thin" will conclusion up being the "iPhone Ultra" that has been rumored for a few a long time.