It’s been less than a month since the iPhone 7 arrived on the scene, but already rumours about the iPhone 8 are swirling.
2017 will mark ten years since the original iPhone launch, leading experts to speculate that Apple will create a breakthrough device with new technology and innovative design to celebrate the anniversary. Industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities – who has been hailed as one of the most accurate Apple oracles around – is leading the pack with speculations about just how game-changing the iPhone 8 will be.
According to his forecasts, the upcoming smartphone will feature curved glass on the front and back. Apple is expected to introduce an OLED display under 2.5D glass, chosen over 3D glass for the difference in curvature of the cut. The 2.5D glass would create a smooth and unblemished exterior, and reportedly be more durable than 3D rounded glass in the face of drops.
KGI Securities also predicts that the 2017 iPhones will use a stainless steel or aluminium casing, with high end models more likely to employ stainless steel. The different metals could be a way to push customers towards buying the more expensive options.
Lastly, the iPhone 8 could be the model that makes the most of the now-missing headphone jack. Its removal means Apple can reduce the number of external ports necessary on the next model. With the swap of the physical home button for a virtual button, a large bezel is no longer needed at the bottom of the device. Add those two updates together, and you have compelling evidence that the ‘edge to edge’ screen may finally be on its way.
In the meantime, hunker down and prepare for a year of obsessive rumour mongering. 2017 will be a big one.