Apple Might Be Preparing to Overhaul the iPhone

Reuters  Lucy Nicholson The iPhone 7 smartphone is displayed inside an Apple Inc. store in Los Angeles California U.S. in September 2016
Reuters Lucy Nicholson The iPhone 7 smartphone is displayed inside an Apple Inc. store in Los Angeles California U.S. in September 2016
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20 April, 2017

So far, we have seen plenty of leaks surrounding the iPhone 8, suggesting the premium materials which will go into the mix to make it the "most expensive iPhone ever". However, the dual camera is now said to be vertically placed instead of being horizontally placed as was seen on the iPhone 7 Plus. Apple is using Sony cameras for the new iPhone, and it's looking into adding augmented reality and depth-of-field features to the camera systems.

Interestingly, Apple might also scrap the iconic home button in favor of on-screen keys à la Samsung Galaxy S8.

This is quite an interesting turn of rumors.

According to the report, the OLED panel on the iPhone 8 prototype is flat, but the glass curves into the stainless steel frame, while another prototype features more dramatic curves on the glass. The other two models, however, will not have an OLED screen and likely be iterations to the current iPhone 7 models.

As we heard in the past, the centrepiece of the 10th anniversary iPhone is a new OLED screen, sourced from Samsung, that occupies the majority of the device's front-facing real estate.

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Three new iPhone models could appear in Apple's lineup this fall, including "a new top-of-the-line handset with an overhauled look", according to Bloomberg. Just like always, Apple refuses to give us any hints about the upcoming iPhone, but that has only encouraged people to come up with more rumors.

The iPhone 8 will reportedly feature a display that almost covers the entire front of the device.

Apple declined to comment on the report. The latest prototype of the redesigned iPhone 8 uses slightly curved glass on the front and back and is "similar conceptually" to the iPhone 4.

Bloomberg says that Apple may have to delay the release of the anniversary version of the iPhone, which was tipped to be released in September by one or two months because of constraints in Apple's supply chain. That last metal iPhone 8 design is also slightly larger in physical proportion than the glass prototypes. On the front, Apple will use a dual camera setup, which may be placed under the screen.


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