We aren’t even truly into the rumor season for the iPhone 7, but all the chatter right now is already centering around what Apple has up its sleeve for the next iPhone after that, presumably the iPhone 8.
Whatever it is called, whichever iPhone Apple announces and subsequently releases in 2017 has all the makings of a game-changing device if even some of the rumors about it turn out to be true. The latest of those rumors comes from notoriously well-connected Apple writer and podcaster John Gruber, who on a recent episode of his The Talk Show podcast, claimed that the 2017 iPhone would feature an all-new design that would certainly catch the eye.
According to Gruber, that particular iPhone will pack an edge-to-edge display that would allow Apple to remove the top and bottom portions of the device’s fascia, doing away with the Home button and camera areas either side of the screen. The device, again according to Gruber, will somehow have all the required bits and pieces hidden behind its screen – including Touch ID support.
I think next year’s phone, the 2017 model, the one that will come out in September of 2017. What I have heard – now this is not really from the rumor mill but just scuttlebutt that I’ve heard – is that it will be an all-new form factor.
And there have been some rumors, I guess, but what I’m saying is that I’ve heard this independently and it is completely getting rid of the chin and forehead of the phone. The entire face will be the display. And the Touch ID sensor will be somehow embedded in the display. The front-facing camera will somehow be embedded in the display. The speaker, everything. All the sensors will somehow be behind the display.
Apple has already signed a deal with Samsung for OLED screens, which could be earmarked for the new iPhone. A flexible OLED display, for example, would allow Apple to make an iPhone with curved edges, which would potentially be something that would make a truly button-free device look even more impressive.
Right now, it’s clear that we are a long, long way away from Apple even getting close to either confirming or denying what it has in the works for next year, the year after that, or indeed, the year after that one. Right now, we think we should probably get the iPhone 7 out of the door, and considering we still don’t know whether it will have a headphone jack or not, we still have a lot to learn before September or October!