Apple is widely expected to launch a new flagship iPhone under the iPhone 8 moniker later this year, and as 2017 marks the iPhone’s tenth anniversary, the company is also expected to take some of the new phone’s design cues from that very first iPhone.

Rumors along those lines have bubbled along for a little while now, and the industry analysts who spoke to Korean site ETNews have now confirmed that this is indeed the case.

According to the site and the aforementioned analysts, the new iPhone 8 will feature a “water drop design” which will allow the device to more closely resemble the iconic look of the 2007 iPhone.

As part of that design, the rear of the device will feature curves which are more rounded than current iPhones, or indeed any that Apple has sold since the iPhone 3Gs went the way of the dodo. The iPhone 4 ushered in a new era of more angular designs although the iPhone 6 did return to the iPhone’s roots somewhat.

Apple is said to be working on plans which would include the use of 3D glass for the iPhone 8’s rear panel, allowing for a curved design that will allow for an overall aesthetic which will invoke memories of the original iPhone while continuing to use the high-end components that iPhones have since become known for.

While the new 3D glass will allow Apple’s iPhone 8 to have a curvy look, one area which is not expected to continue that particular design is the display. Rumors of a curved screen appear to have been wide of the mark, with new claims having Apple’s new display being largely flat, with only slightly more curved than the iPhone 7’s display expected this time around.

The smart money is on Apple announcing the iPhone 8 this September, giving us plenty of time to get a feel for what the tenth anniversary smartphone will look like and we cannot wait to see it come announcement day.

(source: ETNews [Google Translate] | Top image via: iPhone 10th Anniversary concept by EverythingApplePro)

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