Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. According to many reports, Apple is planning something big for its 2017 iPhone, most likely called the iPhone 8. There have been plenty of rumours saying that there will be a major redesign, and even the latest rumour says so. According to Barclays supply chain analysts, the iPhone 8 will feature bezel-free design, and come with larger displays of up to 5.8”.
The current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have displays of 4.7” and 5.5” respectively. According to the rumour, Apple will be increasing the displays to 5” and 5.8” for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The larger variant will use OLED technology, while the 5” iPhone 8 will use a regular LCD display.
Concept image of an iPhone without its Home Button by Martin Hajek
We’ve seen rumours saying that Apple will also ditch its signature home button on the iPhone 8 however, Barclays does not believe so. The analysts says that the screen’s dimensions in the casing will “extend vertically as well as horizontally” overlapping the home button, but without any visuals, it doesn’t seem to make any sense.
Of course, it’s still early and things could change; even Barclays does not seem confident at their report, saying that the design “didn’t sound 100% locked down”. Let’s hope that Apple has something exciting lined up for its 2017 iPhone because after using a similar design for three generations, it’s definitely time for a change.