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Will the iPhone 8 be a flip phone?

Will the iPhone 8 be a flip phone?
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Apple released its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus earlier this year, to the joy of millions of fans. What's not to like? The iPhone 7 Plus has a dual-lens camera with optical image stability for amazing smartphone photos, has longer battery life and is dust and water resistant.

Even though the new iPhone models just came out, there is already some pretty big hype leaking about next year's version. You won't believe the most recent rumor.

The main reason people are so excited about next year's model is that it's the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone. Apple is expected to go all out in its design.

Because 2017 is the 10-year anniversary, it's not known yet if the new model will be the iPhone 8 or the iPhone 10. Either way, the latest speculation is a doozy. Rumor has it that the next iPhone could be some version of a flip phone.

We know that Apple has been granted patents for making a folding phone. The tech giant has been working on this technology for a few years now.

Potential iPhone Design

Here are a couple of images from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hinting at Apple's possible flip phone:

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photo credit: USPTO

 

 

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photo credit: USPTO

These images suggest that the phone could bend in half, covering the entire screen. Or bend towards the top, leaving part of the screen exposed. It will be interesting to keep track of what Apple is up to and how they decide to wow us with the next iPhone models.

Making the iPhone into a flip phone isn't the only rumor that we've heard. Here are a few others making the rounds.

More iPHONE "10" RUMORED FEATURES

  • Made of glass - The next iPhone's body could be made entirely of glass. Apple might eliminate the metal back design and go with glass, along with an aluminum frame. The iPhone 4 and 4S both were made with a glass backing.
  • Wireless charging - Instead of plugging your phone in to charge it, you can place it on a charging dock for wireless charging.
  • Invisible home button - The home button will be embedded into the front glass display.
  • No borders on front display - The front surface on next year's iPhone could be all-display, with no bezel.
  • High-end model - On top of the traditional 10 and 10 Plus models, there could be a third high-end option. It will have a 5.8-inch screen, which is larger than the 5.5-inch screen on the Plus models. Instead of an aluminum frame, the high-end models will be made of stainless steel.
  • AMOLED display - The LCD display will be replaced with an Active Matrix OLED, which is a hybrid display technology. It pairs the active matrix backplane with a traditional thin film transistor (TFT) display with an OLED display. It also has faster pixel switching response times than an OLED display. This eliminates ghosting when fast-moving animations are being displayed.

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