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A Liliputian Apple iPhone 17 Model Could Be Unveiled

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The iPhone 15 Plus (review) is certainly enjoyable to use with its large viewing real estate while being a cheaper alternative to Apple's other large iPhone 15 Pro Max (review) model. It is expected this year's iPhone 16 Plus will feature the same panel size. A report within the supply chain forecasts that next year's iPhone 17 Plus could see its display size shrink.

Apple iPhone 17 Plus could shrink in size as well

In a paywalled post on X, prolific Apple leaker and consultant Ross Young mentioned the iPhone 17 Plus slated for 2025 will feature a display that is smaller than the current display found in the iPhone 15 Plus and upcoming iPhone 16 Plus.

Young didn't divulge how much smaller the panel in the Apple iPhone 17 Plus will be. However, he touted the screen size will sit between the iPhone 17 Pro and iPhone 17 Pro Max.

Apple iPhone 16 dummy units
Dummy units of the Apple iPhone 16 (Plus) and iPhone 16 Pro (Max) reveal the redesigned camera layout in the standard models. / © X/u/SonnyDickson

Based on what we know, this year's iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will grow in size by featuring 6.3-inch and 6.8-inch displays, respectively. It is safe to say these sizes will remain in the iPhone 17 Pro and iPhone 17 Pro Max. Therefore, we could see the iPhone 17 Plus' display size fall between 6.3-inch to 6.6-inch wide.

At the same time, the reason for the switch to a smaller panel is still unknown, but this could mean a step to further distinguish between the standard iPhone models from the Pro counterparts.

Other changes you can expect in the Apple iPhone 17

Beyond the size, both the standard iPhone 17 and iPhone 17 Plus are rumored to enlist higher refresh rates that could enable the ProMotion function similar to iPhone Pro models. A tougher glass protection is said to be in the works as well, and that may debut across the entire iPhone 17.

The iPhone 17 won't be ready until a year and a half so we should see more developments surrounding the next-generation iPhone catalog going forward.

What else do you wish to see in the 2025 iPhones? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

Source: Ross Young on X

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Jade Bryan

Jade Bryan
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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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