Even before the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the tech industry was already interested in what Apple will be offering with the iPhone 8. Now that Apple has completed its annual iPhone launch cycle, rumours and leaks around the iPhone 8 have started growing. A new report from Nikkei suggests Apple will be launching three new models of the iPhone in 2017, which is also the year Apple will be celebrating 10 years of the iPhone.
Nikkei’s report also says Apple will be doing away with the aluminium metal casings for the 2018 iPhones – with all three new devices (4.7-inch, 5-inch and 5.5-inch) expected to feature glass backs developed by Biel and Lens. Apple is also bringing a new screen size (5-inch) that the company has never used before. The glass front and the glass back will be held together using a metal frame.
Apple iPhone 4S was the last phone to feature a glass back. The Cupertino technology giant then moved onto an aluminium back casing with the iPhone 5 and 5s. Starting with the iPhone 6, the company has stuck with an all aluminium body.
This latest report adds to rumours from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has also said Apple will be ditching the aluminium back in favour of a glass one in 2018. The KGI report also added the new phone will features 2.5D glass.
Overall, Apple is expected to extensively overhaul the iPhone’s design in 2018 – considering that the variants have looked pretty much the same in the last three years. Other rumours also suggest the company will be using steel instead of aluminium, and finally incorporating an OLED display.
Back in September, a Bloomberg report had claimed that Apple was in talks with Sharp so that the latter could supply OLED screens for the 2018 iPhones.