As Android smartphone OEMs push for larger and almost bezel-less screens, it seems Apple is getting even closer to making a similar shift with the 2017 iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
It has been rumored before that Apple iPhone 8 will represent the company’s major shift in design following what is basically three years of no change. Since the 2014 iPhone 6, the Cupertino Company has lagged behind in terms of innovative designs, but analysts are adamant that this will change at the iPhone’s 10th-anniversary launch event.
According to Barclays Research analysts, Apple will be making a huge change in the overall design of both iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Where the former will come with a 5-inch display size, the latter will also add 0.3 inches of display. In the past, we’ve heard talk of curved edge-to-edge screen designs for the 2017 iPhone and apparently, the same institution has the same in mind. This will still keep the same gap that exists between the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus – which is 0.8 inches.
Samsung has been busy in the Android world with edge-to-edge screens and in fact, it has been rumored that next year’s Galaxy S8 will come with this design on both variants. Xiaomi recently surprised many with an almost bezel-less Mi MIX and if this report is right, we could see a similar device with the 2017 iPhone 8.
As part of the design overhaul, Cupertino will get rid of the physical home button and instead integrate the Touch ID into the screen of the phones. Unlike the Xiaomi Mi MIX, this will mean the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus do not feature bottom bezels. The front-facing camera is also expected to somehow find a new home behind the screen, a feature Xiaomi was forced to place on the bottom bezel of the Mi MIX. In short, Apple could be in line to be the first OEM to come in with the first real bezel-less smartphone.
Of course, this is not a report you can fully rely on for the upcoming changes to the iPhone 8. However, it’s not the first to speak of these changes with respect to the 2017 flagships. We’ve also heard KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo speak of an all-glass design featuring AMOLED panels. It is also not the first time talk of a 5-inch screen size has shown up. When the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus came in, it was suggested that the major changes have been spared for the 2017 iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Perhaps, this is it!
There’s still time and we should be seeing more of these rumored changes flooding in. Keep following us!