The next iPhone might take some major design cues from the original iPhone, according to the latest rumor out of Asia, which claims the iPhone 8 will have a “water drop design.”
Industry analysts that spoke with Korean news site ETNews say Apple plans to make the back of the next iPhone more rounded. Instead of using a metal case, the new design will supposedly use a “three-dimensional glass” material, giving it a more gentle feel.
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By using an all-glass body, Apple will be able to bring back the deep curves featured on the original iPhone and iPhone 3G/3Gs. Apple switched to a flat, industrial look with the iPhone 4, but brought back some curves with the iPhone 6’s sleek aluminum body.
Recent rumors have claimed the iPhone 8 will feature a curved OLED display. Sources that ETNews talked to, though, say the curve on the front will be relatively flat, more like the iPhone 7’s display instead of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
Apple supposedly has a number of different curved iPhone models in testing. Samsung is set to provide the OLED panels for the 5.8-inch iPhone 8, but the smaller two new iPhones may use LED screens similar to current models.
Other rumored features for the iPhone 8 include wireless charging, facial recognition, Touch ID embedded in the display, improved cameras and a bezel-free design. The new iPhone lineup is expected to be announced at an event this fall.