Apple is widely believed to be planning something big for its next iPhone—presumably called the iPhone 8—coming as it does on the 10th anniversary of the company’s first-ever smartphone.
Reports this week now suggest Apple will be ditching this design in favour of “gentler” curves. Japanese magazine Nikkei cited sources familiar with the design in reporting the form of the iPhone 8 curved OLED screens.
In fact, judging by prior form and industry sources, production and development of the next Cupertino flagship is well underway.
There’s no better time than the present, then, to pore over the raft of rumours, leaks and speculation flying around about the next-gen iPhone.
What’s in store? Well, as ever, it’s tough to make concrete predictions about what the iPhone 8 – or, iPhone 8 release date perhaps, the iPhone 7s – will offer Apple fans until we see more solid evidence, leaked or otherwise.
As if Apple’s steadily rising prices haven’t already added up so that every new iPhone makes a bigger dent on your bank balance, the iPhone 8 could be the most expensive one yet. Apple does not comment on rumours or speculation surrounding unreleased products, though the Cupertino company’s metronomic launch schedule means that at least the is predictable.
The publication stated: “While the curved screen will allow a viewable area of about 5.2 inches and make the iPhone even sleeker, it will not offer significant new functions, the person said.”
A patent filed by Apple last month prompted speculation that the iPhone 8 will feature an edge-to-edge screen that allows speakers and cameras to hide behind the device’s display.
The “Electronic devices having displays with openings” patent described a “full-face screen [that] could place hardware below a glass cover in an inactive part of the display.
The latest report suggests that one of the iPhone 8’s most highly-anticipated features may fail to materialise.
For months, rumours have been circulating that Apple’s next flagship smartphone will feature a curved OLED display – similar to the one on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
However, a new report from IHS Markit claims that the forthcoming iPhone will have a flat display, more closely resembling the new LG G6.
“We anticipate Apple will adopt a flat implementation of OLED design on their special iPhone model, which is analogous to the current 2.5D glass design,” IHS Markit analyst Wayne Lam told anther source.
“Much like the recently announced LG G6, we anticipate a touchscreen with a new longer aspect ratio design to take advantage of higher coverage area of the iPhone in its entirety.
“This new design language is expected to become the trend for 2017, as we all anticipate Samsung’s reveal later this month.” Apple traditionally releases its latest iPhone in the first two weeks of September, in good time for the start of the Christmas shopping season.
However, others claims that Apple will announce its new phones in the autumn, as usual, and begin selling them soon afterwards, and even BlueFin notes that it’s not clear whether kicking off production early will translate to an earlier release date.