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The iPhone 8 could be rather different to past Apple devices
The iPhone 8 could be Apple’s most eye-catching device to date.
The company's next device, tipped to be revealed later this year, could be set to shake up the smartphone market as the company plans something truly special for the tenth anniversary of its original launch.
Now, another rumour surrounding the iPhone 8’s amazing new design have suggested that the phone could prove a major departure from past Apple devices.
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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 idea that the iPhone 8 is going to ditch its physical home button has been circulating for some time, and now it seems to
That’s according to renowned Apple tipster and KGI Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claimed in a note seen by AppleInsider that the iPhone 8 will replace the current front screen design with something completely new.
The current physical home button will be replaced by a “function area” that will change depending on the app or feature being used.
Similar to the Touch Bar interface seen on the current premium MacBook laptops, the feature area could display volume levels to adjust your music, or precise controls for a game.
The iPhone 8 will feature this major design change, Kuo claims
Apple had long been expected to drop the iconic Home Button for the iPhone 8, hiding the fingerprint sensor technology underneath the glass display instead.
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Reports earlier this month highlighted a recent patent awarded to Apple for a new design technique called, "quantum tunnelling".
This technology would allow iPhone 8 users to control their devices no matter how they pick it up – with touch-sensitive sensors on the real of the phone allowing them to scroll their way around without needing to touch the screen.
Doing so would eliminate the need for any physical buttons on the front of the iPhone 8.
Kuo also claimed that the iPhone 8 will keep the same dimensions as previous iPhones, with a 5.15in display area on a 5.8in OLED screen.
This version of the iPhone 8 is thought to come with an eye-waveringly high price tag, with previous reports claiming that the device could cost more than $1,000 – primarily due to the cost of the hugely-detailed OLED screen.
Apple is tipped to launch a trio of new handsets later this year, including two minor upgrades, likely dubbed iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, with a possible new red colour scheme and updated internals.
But there will also be a more premium, larger-screen model featuring a more impressive spec sheet than either of its siblings – codenamed Ferrari, according to the manufacturing documentation.
The current iPhone line-up offers either a 4.7-inch panel (iPhone 7) for a 5.5-inch form factor (iPhone 7 Plus).
Apple is expected to reveal the iPhone 8 release date later this year
Kuo is normally a highly reliable source when it comes to Apple leaks and insider information, but rumours surrounding the iPhone 8 are beginning to come thick and fast.
Among the most vocal are reports that Apple will show off a new industrial design – dropping the aluminium unibody in favour of glass on the front and back of the device, surrounded with a metal bumper.
The OLED display is also rumoured to be curved, wrapping around the device and shrinking the physical footprint of the device.
The latest reports also claim that the 5-inch iPhone 8 will be the only one of Apple's next-generation devices to ship with wireless charging.