Apple released its latest entry to its smartphone family, the iPhone 7, in September last year. That wasn’t very long ago, but the release of a new iPhone is really just an occasion for everyone to start speculating about the next one.
Rumors are already flying about potential features and changes for the iPhone 8, which we hope will arrive in the fall of 2017. Some of these may come true. Some may be way off base, but it’s fun to imagine the possibilities. The iPhone 8 could end up being a very different beast from its brethren. Here are the most intriguing whispers surrounding the upcoming phone:
1. Edge-to-edge display
Bezels, the frame around the display screen, have been a part of the iPhone design since the very first one came out in 2007. This will be the smartphone’s 10th anniversary, and Apple could use it as an occasion to spread out the screen so the touch display reaches all the way to the edges. This would lend the phone a sleeker look and help quell the clamor for a major redesign.
A related murmur suggests that at least one of the new iPhone models will sport the iPhone’s first OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display, as opposed to the LCD displays found on previous models. To get an idea of what this might look like, check out the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, a smartphone with a display that curves around onto the side. Would Apple mimic this design or try for something different? That’s one of the big questions surrounding this particular rumor.