iPhone 8 rumours
It might only be a few months since the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus were released, but tech lovers are already looking ahead to the release of the iPhone 8.
Just as with all of Apple’s products, the rumour mills are going into overdrive.
There have been numerous occasions where the rumours have, somehow, got it right. But there also many times when they get it completely wrong.
So, what are people already predicting about Apple’s next flagship phone?
Curved OLED screen
One of the most prominent rumours surrounding the iPhone 8 is that it will feature a curved OLED screen.
According to the Korea Herald, the iPhone 8’s curved OLED display will be made of plastic, as opposed to the glass OLED screen previously rumoured, and will be built by Samsung.
Speaking to the publication, a source said: “The OLED version of the new iPhone will all be curved as Apple ordered all plastic OLED – not glass – from Samsung Display. Samsung is capable of supplying a little less than 100 million units of curved OLED displays to Apple.”
With a curved OLED screen, insiders claim the device will partially resemble the successful Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
Samsung’s devices already use AMOLED panels and OLED screens have a brighter and faster refresh rate than LED screens, so it seems Apple is looking to provide users with a more enhanced screen.
No home button
PC Advisor reports that Apple has been awarded a new patent that many believe indicates the tech giant will remove the home button of the iPhone 8 in favour of a system that will place fingerprint sensor technology underneath the screen.
By removing the home button, the iPhone 8 could have a larger, nearly bezel-less display.
Another key rumour flying around is that Apple will continue to look to remove wires, with the use of long-range wireless charging technology.
MacRumours claims that, instead of being built into the iPhone, the wireless charging functionality could be enabled through the use of a case or an additional iPhone accessory.
It is not yet clear how this technology will be implemented, but long-range wireless charging would certainly stop users from being tied down to a charger.
Many are predicting that Apple will keep with tradition and announce the iPhone 8 in September 2017, with the release date coming a few days after.
But 2017 (29 June to be exact) marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone so the tech giant may decide to mix things up a bit like it did when it launched the SE in March.
While these rumours may change as the year goes on, many are predicting Apple will reveal a massive redesign of its flagship phone to coincide with the phone’s 10th anniversary.