The Wall Street Journal has gotten a hold of some leaked images reported to be showing the iPhone 8.
Biggest design change? An edgeless screen made up of flexible OLEDs or Organic Light Emitting Diodes.
“Apple plans bigger design changes for 2017, the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone. Those changes could include an edge-to-edge organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, screen and eliminating the home button by building the fingerprint sensor into the display, according to people familiar with the matter.”
Seems that Apple has decided against implementing the changes into the upcoming iPhone 7
“At a meeting with an Apple executive last month, one of the company’s China-based engineers asked why this year’s model lacked a major design change in keeping with Apple’s usual two-year cycle. The answer, one person at the meeting recalled, was that the new technology in the pipeline will take time to implement. People familiar with the matter said some features that Apple hopes to integrate into iPhones, such as curved screens, weren’t ready for this year’s models.”
Rumour has it that due to the major design change, Apple is also planning to skip the “S” model and go directly from iPhone 7 to iPhone 8.
MacRumours is also reporting that the new design will move away from using aluminum for the body of the new iPhone and instead go back to a full glass design, similar to iPhone 4 and 4s.
iPhone 8 is expected to hit the market in the fall of 2017.