The year 2017 marks the 10th anniversary for the Apple iPhone following the launch of the phone back in 2007. This year, Cupertino is expected to unveil both iPhone 8 and iPhone 7S, but all these are still based on unconfirmed reports.
In another recent development coming in via The Korea Herald, it seems Apple will be sticking with the dust and waterproof feature introduced on the iPhone 7 when it launches the 2017 iPhones. In fact, the iPhone 8 will ship with IP68 certification, which was used on Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Note 7. With this feature, future iPhone owners will be able to keep using their phone even if it ends up spending up to 30 minutes in water that is 1.5 meters deep. The iPhone 7 came in with IP67 certification and with the new standard, it just shows how Apple is committed to beating its closest competition this 2017.
In a new set of leaked images, it seems that Apple is indeed going to go the Samsung way as far as the iPhone 8 is concerned. Apparently, the new set of images can confirm two features that have been in the rumors for quite some time now. For starters, the flagship will reportedly ship with a dual-edge screen that is curved on both ends, similar to what we saw on the Galaxy Note 7 and are still seeing on the Galaxy S7 Edge. This has been anticipated and it had only remained a matter of when and not if. As it is, the change is happening this year.
— /LEAKS (@Slashleaks) January 15, 2017
With the introduction of the new edge-to-edge display screen, the Apple iPhone 8 will also be losing the physical home button. In the images, the phone has lost the feature on which the Touch ID has been living for quite some time now. On the contrary, this new design will give the new 2017 iPhones a larger display screen and much thinner bezels, especially on the bottom side.
Previous images of Samsung Galaxy S8 have also suggested that the South Korean tech giant has the same design language in mind. The physical home button will be ditched and instead, reports are rife that the fingerprint scanner will find a new home under the display screen, which will also be larger in size. The bezels on the bottom and top of the phone will be much thinner, just like what @Slashleaks has revealed with respect to the Apple iPhone 8.
Keep in mind that these are just leaks and nothing official from Apple. As such, take it with a grain of salt.