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Apple may decide take a full three years between their full model changes of their iPhones, which is a year longer than their current cycle. Typically, in a two-year term, fall of 2016 would be the time for a major upgrade. However, current rumors suggest the changes for the next device will be minor, like the dual camera feature and the elimination of the headphone jack. According to analysts, the move stems from the fact that there is little room left for significant enhancements to smartphone functions.

Reduction in the frequency of the redesign would surely affect all the large lot suppliers in countries like Taiwan, Japan and other Asian countries that rely heavily on the manufacturing of iPhones. The upcoming version of the iPhone will probably differ very little from the iPhone 6 in terms of its looks. However, functions such as water resistance, battery capacity and camera quality will reportedly be improved. The proposed higher end model will also allow users to take better photos, thanks to purported new correction functions.

Apple sold around 230 million phones last year and sales are slowing down, according to the production schedules provided by Apple to its suppliers. On a more positive note, the 2017 model — which would fall on the third year of the new three-year cycle — is expected to incorporate major design changes, including an electroluminescent display. It has also been reported that it will be able to create more complex vibrations due to the high performing small motor inside the phone.

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