If the iPhone 8 looks anything like this concept art, then the queues outside the Apple Store ahead of its launch are going to be monstrous.
The next-generation iPhone will mark the 10th anniversary of the Apple smartphone range.
To celebrate the occasion, Apple will purportedly introduce a new all-glass design with a curved OLED display, facial recognition, and wireless charging.
The Cupertino company is also expected to drop the physical Home Button from the front of the device.
According to renown analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the death of this iconic button will allow Apple to use an uninterupted, single sheet of glass for the front of the device.
Apple iPhone 8 – Leaked photos, concept images, and renders Sun, January 1, 2017
iPhone 8 is shaping up to be one of the most impressive Apple smartphones to date, with glass panels on the front and rear of the device, a curved borderless OLED display and no Home Button
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Apple iPhone 8 will debut a brand-new all-glass look, with a curved OLED display and no physical Home Button
The concept Handy Abovergleich renders show how this new industrial design could look – with the iPhone 8, also rumoured to be called iPhone X, boasting virtually no bezels around a display which bleeds around the corners of the device, similar to the Apple Watch.
Paying tribute to previous iPhone designs, this latest iPhone 8 concept sports rounded corners and a glossy, curved rear shell.
Apple is expected to use glass for the back of the phone, like it did with the iconic iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
But its not all nostalgia, there are some elements from the most recent iPhones that make the cut in the iPhone 8 concept.
The concept artwork imagines the display curving around the device, like the Apple Watch
Apple iPhone 8 is expected to launch an entirely-new design
The daring new renders fit perfectly with the latest whispers coming from Cupertino. And the result is an awesome looking smartphone.
However, Apple is really going to have to pull-out all of the stops this year.
The technology company has to try and reinvigorate interest in its smartphone brand following rumours of dwindling iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus sales, and amid increased competition from the likes of Samsung and Google.
Samsung is also rumoured to be hard at work on a next-generation flagship that will see the company give its Galaxy S series its' first facelift in two years.
The South Korean firm is expected to drop physical buttons from the front of its follow-up to the award-winning Galaxy S7 Edge.
The Galaxy S8 will reportedly move the fingerprint scanner to the rear of the phone.
Samsung Galaxy S8 – Leaked photos, concept images, and renders Sun, January 1, 2017
Samsung Galaxy S8 looks set to be the smartphone to beat this year. Following a swathe of rumours from the Chinese supply chain, a number of graphic designers have cooked-up high-resolution renders of what the smartphone could look like, when it launches in the UK in April 2017
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Samsung Galaxy S8 will get a dramatic new design, with no buttons, and an edge-to-edge display
Apple is purportedly looking to incorporate the Touch ID fingerprint sensor from the physical Home Button beneath the glass display.
According to Kuo, the current system Apple uses for its fingerprint recognition will not work through an all-glass design.
Instead, Mr Kuo claims, the new fingerprint sensor will require optical sensors to read the print resting on the display.
The complicated new display set-up, which presumably will still need to incorporate the pressure-sensitivity debuted with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, will require a number of new, custom solutions from the panel manufacturers.
However the KGI Securities research report states that Apple has enough clout within the industry to get the system built ready for the new iPhone.
Alongside the new fingerprint recognition technology, the iPhone 8 could also see Apple introduce facial tracking sensors into its flagship smartphone, Mr Kuo has claimed.
Apple reportedly wants its next iPhone to appear like 'a single sheet of glass'
These could be used to scan users' faces to help verify identification.
Mr Kuo believes the fingerprint recognition system will "ultimately be replaced by a facial recognition system" in an effort to make the iPhone even more secure.
"However, if the technical challenges cannot be overcome, we believe a combination of fingerprint and facial recognition is another possible solution," he writes.
Elsewhere, Apple is reportedly looking to distance itself from the curved aluminium design language it has used for the past three generations of iPhone, first introduced with iPhone 6. With the Home Button gone, Apple can extended the display to the bottom of the phone – reducing the chunky bezels around the screen, and shrinking the overall footprint of the device.
The new 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone is also expected to be modelled with an all-glass design, similar to the iPhone 4 and 4S.
Apple is expected to debut its new industrial design language early next year with a refresh of its iPad range.
Apple will purportedly introduce facial scanning technology with the iPhone 8, or iPhone X
Alongside the new look, Apple could include wireless charging in the new flagship phone.
But unlike rival devices from the likes of Google, Samsung, HTC, and Huawei, which predominantly use the Qi open interface standard for inductive charging – Apple's technology sounds like a more complete solution.
Devices using the Qi standard, like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, are only capable of wireless charging over distances of up to four centimetres (1.6 inches).
According to the latest whispers from Cupertino, Apple has something much more ambitious planned.
Apple has reportedly struck a deal with wireless charging company Energous, which developed a wire-free charging solution dubbed WattUp RF capable of charging devices from up to four metres away (15-feet).
WattUp RF technology can be included in a wide variety of electronics, including smartphones, tablets, wearables, cameras, wireless keyboard, computer mice, remote controls, and more, according to the company.
As long as any of these devices are within four metres of the transmitter, the device will charge its battery – as if it was plugged into the wall socket.
The Radio Frequency (RF) system uses a similar system to wifi to deliver the safe wire-free charging solution.
Unlike the Qi charging pads used for phones like the Galaxy S7 Edge, WattUp RF will continue to charge your phone while it is in motion – as long as it never moves further than four metres away from the transmitter, of course.
According to Energous, up to 12 different receiver devices can be juggled by the system simultaneously.
So in theory, your Apple Watch, Apple Magic Keyboard and Mouse, iPhone 8 and iPad Pro could all be simultaneously charging whenever they are in the same room as a WattUp RF transmitter. In early 2016, Energous teased it was working with a “tier one” consumer electronics company to implement the WattUp technology into consumer devices.
According to a new report from Fast Company, Apple supplier Dialog has partnered with Energous.
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Previous concept images have also reflected Apple's rumoured decision to drop the iconic Home Button
As part of the new deal, Energous received a staggering $10 million investment from chipset maker Dialog Semiconductor last month.
That's not confirmation that Energous will be supplying technology to Apple, but given that "as much as three-quarters of Dialog’s business is with Apple," it's a strong indicator.
In a statement, Energous CEO Steve Rizzone confirmed the company would be transferring all its silicon operations to Dialog.
Mr Rizzone said: "We’re actually transferring all of our silicon operations to Dialog. All the Energous technology will be sold under the Dialog branding and all sales orders will be going through Dialog. It’ll take us about 90 days to do all that."
Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive wants the iPhone 8 "to appear like a single sheet of glass," according to The Wall Street Journal.