The iPhone 8 rumour mill is heating up. It's been suggested that the late-2017 iPhone will feature wireless charging and augmented reality; it's even believed that Apple is moving the fingerprint scanner - and has just weeks to work out how.
In this article, we round up all the rumours about the iPhone 8: its UK release date and onsale date (a leaked internal memo points to an announcement on or close to 17 September), UK price, specs and new features, and what the iPhone 8 is going to look like. We also cover leaked photos and videos, and designers' concept illustrations.
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Multiple sources had previously suggested delays, however, which we'll discuss in a moment.
An internal company memo, instructing AppleCare staff when they can and can't take holidays, has been leaked - and gives strong hints about the iPhone 8 launch date, or at least its launch window.
The memo, posted by Benjamin Geskin, names 'black out days', when staff must be present, between 17 September and 4 November. This suggests that the launch announcement will come on or very close to 17 September, and that the following eight weeks represent the product's highest-demand period, when staff will be most urgently needed in the office.
AppleCare Advisors & Leaders received an email.— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) May 25, 2017
So the September the 17th seems very very likely to be keynote day. pic.twitter.com/O6zlyB4fKx
"Black Out Days are days in which we expect call volume to be at the highest, and we need all hands on deck," reads the memo. "Advisors and Leaders will be restricted from requesting days off for Paid Time Off (PTO) and Unpaid Time Off... Absences are unacceptable."
As a worried member of the Macworld team pointed out, 17 September is a Sunday, and it would be extremely unusual for an iPhone to be announced on a weekend. So our suspicion is that the iPhone 8 will actually be unveiled in the week of 18-25 September.
One other caveat: the memo adds that "these dates are subject to change", so things may not be set in stone. But we'd be surprised if the plans weren't reasonably firm at this point.
Delays until October, November... or even 2018
September is looking a good bet, then. But not everyone thinks Apple's plans are proceeding smoothly. Multiple sources have suggested that Apple's iPhone 8, or part of its range, may be delayed by a number of months.
Finisar, a company said to be providing lasers for AR depth mapping in the iPhone 8, has revealed that a company (thought to be Apple) is purchasing tens of millions of laser units from it, and that the final product won't ship until October 2017. This story comes via Loup Ventures.
Deutsche Bank analysts too have stated in a research note that "key component shortages and technical challenges could delay the release of a high-end iPhone 8 device this fall," according to a Business Insider report.
IHS Markit analyst Brian Huh claims Samsung is having trouble meeting demand for the OLED displays ordered by Apple, and BGR suggests the delay is because the display will incorporate the home button and Touch ID.
What will the new iPhone be called?
We're pretty sure that an iPhone 8 is coming this autumn, even though logically it ought to be called the iPhone 7s after last year's iPhone 7.
Analysts at Credit Suisse forecast that the iPhone 8, to be released on the iPhone's 10-year anniversary in 2017, will skip the 'S' generation in recognition of its major updates; and according to Business Insider, an Apple employee in Israel who solders components spoke to them about the next iPhone and referred to it as the iPhone 8 "unprompted".
Other pundits believe that Apple will release an iPhone 7s and 8 in autumn 2017, with the 8 incorporating the flagship features. And we've even heard talk of an iPhone X (X signifying the Roman numeral for 10), or iPhone Edition.
Finally, Forbes reckons Apple is going to stop using version numbers altogether, simply calling it 'iPhone'.
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iPhone 8 design
The year 2017 (June the 29th, to be precise) marks the 10th anniversary of the release of the iPhone, and it's believed that Apple has a blockbuster of a redesign up its sleeve to celebrate.
Noted tech blogger Robert Scoble has posted an exhaustive list of predictions for this year's iPhone, and he expects big things. "It's the 10th anniversary of the iPhone," he writes. "It's the first product introduction in Apple's new amazing headquarters. It's a big f**king deal and will change this industry deeply." (Those are Scoble's asterisks.)
Design-wise, he expects that the iPhone 8 "will be, I am told, a clear piece of glass (er, Gorilla Glass sandwich with other polycarbonates for being pretty shatter-resistant if dropped) with a next-generation OLED screen (I have several sources confirming this)."
A June 2017 leak of supposed iPhone 8 components back this claim up. As you can see, that's a massive screen, with no physical home button in sight.
This was followed up by an early July 2017 leak showcasing an alleged iPhone 8 back panel.
There is also an image of a screen protector doing the rounds that shows a design with no Home button.
And if you're yet to be convinced that this is the finalised design of the iPhone 8, you need look no further than infamous leaker OnLeaks' Twitter account. More specifically, a tweet posted on Friday 23 June 2017 shows what appears to be the next-generation iPhone 8, which can be seen below.
Based on that design, OnLeaks worked with Tiger Mobiles to create a dummy model of the iPhone 8 to show exactly what it might look like. You can watch the video below.
OnLeaks has an incredible track record when it comes to smartphone leaks and although it's not exactly Tim Cook confirming the design, it's pretty much the next best thing.
A second video that appears to show a very similar dummy model of the iPhone 8 has been shared by EverythingApplePro.
And Forbes has added to the evidence pile with a mock-up based on CAD files leaked by case designer Nodus. It shows what appears to be a bigger lock button on the side of the iPhone, which could be in order to house the Touch ID that has been removed from the front of the device.
Leaks like this suggest that the iPhone 8 will have an edge-to-edge screen. Here's a render with measurements:
Apple has also been awarded a patent that covers the embedding of light sensors within the layers of a display, leading to speculation that the firm intends to remove the bezels at the top and bottom of its next iPhone.
The patent - US Patent 9,466,653 - specifically describes how Apple might integrate the light sensor within a display:
"The light sensor is a display-integrated light sensor that is integrated into the layers of the display. The light sensor may [be] interposed between the cover layer and another layer of the display such as the touch-sensitive layer, the light-generating layers, or another display layer."
One piece of technology that may have more influence on the iPhone 8's design than any other is the fingerprint sensor.
If Apple has decided to make the screen stretch to cover more of the front of the device (KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said the iPhone 8 will have "the highest screen-to-body ratio of any smartphone currently available worldwide"), that may spell the end of the Home Button, and with it the Touch ID sensor.
How Apple deals with this - whether the sensor sits under the screen and is activated through the glass, or whether it's moved to the back of the device - is likely to be determined by the technologies available.
iDrop News, citing an unnamed source, reports that Apple has been testing fingerprint technology beneath the display, but that this isn't ready for prime time this year. For this reason the site predicts that the scanner will go on the back of the device.
Further 'evidence' of this came in the form of leaked images in a tweet by Sonny Dickson, which appears to feature a space at the back of the iPhone to accommodate a scanner.
iPhone 8 looks to be taking a new direction pic.twitter.com/mG19bcDYiC— Sonny Dickson (@SonnyDickson) April 19, 2017
The designs have not gone down well with people critical of Samsung's similar solution to the same problem on the S8+.
However, technology is moving forward quickly, and the industry at large is close to solving this issue. Qualcomm's new fingerprint sensors can work in glass and metal, detecting directional gestures, heart beat and blood flow, and recognising fingerprints, through OLED display stacks of up to 1200um, or even underwater.
With this technology available to OEMs now, we are hopeful that Apple will have its own version ready for the iPhone 8. Although it appears things are going to be tight: KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst Andy Hargreaves says Apple has just weeks to solve the fingerprint scanner problem in time for this autumn's launch.
"It is entirely unclear if Apple will be able to fix the problem in this time frame," he writes.
Apple has filed a number of patents that show it's interested in putting the sensor beneath the glass. Patent application number 20150036065, for example, covers "a fingerprint sensor... incorporated in a display stack in an electronic device".
9to5Mac has got hold of a report from the ever-quotable and usually reliable Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities - a report that predicts, based on the popularity of the scratch-prone Jet Black iPhone 7, that the iPhone 8 will have a (more scratch-resistant) glass front and back.
"If Apple does follow through with what KGI suggests, an all-glass design could extend the glossy finish to all colours of the iPhone lineup depending on how Apple handles the design," 9to5mac says.
The rumour was also backed up by Benjamin Geskin on Twitter, a source that has provided many iPhone 8 leaks over the past few months. He claims that a source inside the company has told him the iPhone 8 will feature a mirror-like finish along with three other colour options (presumably white, black and rose gold).
iPhone screens are already far tougher than your average piece of glass (they're made of a proprietary material called Gorilla Glass), but they do sometimes crack or even shatter when dropped. Sapphire screens would be more resistant still, and Apple is already using sapphire in the display of the Apple.
Mind you, Apple Insider reports that while sapphire is more scratch-resistant, it does not perform as well in drop tests. Read more: What is Sapphire glass, and why is it a good idea for the iPhone?
Another reason why glass may be the preferred material is the fact that another rumoured feature of the iPhone 8, wireless charging, would be much easier through glass than metal.
The iPhone 8 will come with an OLED screen, supplied initially by Samsung. At present, iPhones use LCD displays (although the Apple Watch uses OLED), but Apple intends to move the line up to OLED as it would offer better colour saturation, accuracy, and brightness.
Industry sources say Apple will offer OLED in only the most premium version of its 2017 iPhone range, but iPhones released in 2018 and beyond will all come with OLED.
Some pundits believe Apple is working on a curved screen smartphone, although this may have to wait until 2018 or beyond.
Wall Street Journal sources have claimed that the iPhone 8 will have a flexible curved display like the one featured on Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge. The report is behind a paywall here. This model of the iPhone will apparently cost $1,000 as a premium option.
And this isn't the first prediction of a curved-screen iPhone. In January 2017, the Journal reported that the screen maker Japan Display, which already works with Apple, is ready to start building curved displays. And Korean sources in March 2017 claimed that a curvy 'teardrop' design would make the late-2017 iPhone closely resemble the very first iPhone released back in 2007. Nikkei, meanwhile, reckon the iPhone 8 will be curved, but with a "gentler" curve than the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
In February 2017, however, research firm TrendForce contradicted these predictions. "Apple will not implement the curved display design for the high-end iPhone," said the firm, "because there are issues with the 3D glass in terms of production yield and drop test results."
That might seem a bit odd, given that the Touch Bar adds an element of software customisability and touchscreen function to an otherwise static and hardware keyboard area, whereas the iPhone's screen is already touchscreen and software-based. It appears the function area will take the place of the (currently non-touchscreen) lower bezel and Home button, and be "an area for functions (e.g. allocation of virtual buttons)", according to Kuo.
And in June 2017 this theory got a boost from a MacRumors article. The site reports that a small number of its visitors are using devices with a reported screen resolution of 375 x 812, which would fit with the 1125 x 2436 active display area (excluding the function area) using "3x" mode; a large proportion of these visits originated from Apple-owned IPs or Cupertino-vicinity locations, suggesting that device testing has already started.
(For balance, Macworld and its sister site TechAdvisor have not seen any visits lately from such resolutions, but our traffic is of course far more UK-focused.)
The WSJ claims the new iPhone 8 will drop the Lightning port in favour of USB Type-C.
This would be a huge call, so soon after Apple removed the headphone port on the principle that the Lightning port was a better alternative. And there are other reasons to be sceptical: Apple is rarely swayed by demands for universal rather than proprietary ports, and everybody yelled last time the company switched out the 30-pin connector in favour of Lightning - a lot of accessory makers (and accessory owners) would be sorely inconvenienced.
We're not entirely convinced, to say the least.
That covers design. But what new features should we expect in the iPhone 8?
According to Forbes citing infamous Apple leaker Sonny Dickson, the iPhone 8 could be the first entry in the iPhone series to feature fast charging technology. (The feature has long been requested by users, and is readily available on most if not all of Apple's Android-based competitors.) More specifically, Forbes claims that there will be a new "Tristar 3, Hydra" chip that manages the charging port.
However, it's worth noting that tech may not be compatible with existing fast charging standards as the tech isn't being produced by Qualcomm, which provides "Quick Charge" for Android devices.
In February 2017, analyst Ming Chi Kuo predicted that the iPhone 8 will deliver fast charging via a tweaked version of the existing Lightning port rather than by bringing in USB-C as was previously expected. He predicts that Apple will add "Type-C Power Delivery" to the Lightning port's spec.
Apple has been offering wireless (inductive) charging for a while now on the Apple Watch, and we're hearing increasingly confident predictions that the feature will come to the iPhone in 2017. One strong hint came from Robert Hwang, the CEO of Apple manufacturer Wistron, who (in an apparent slip-up) said "new features like waterproof and wireless charging" will appear in the next generation of Apple handsets; but we've been hearing similar speculation for months.
John Gruber, however, reckons the wireless charging feature won't be ready by September and may have to wait until iOS 11.1.
Renders based on CAD files obtained by Engadget in May from "a reliable source", for example, are said to show that the new iPhone will have a glass back that will incorporate a wireless charging coil. On the other hand, in July 2015 Qualcomm announced a wireless charging breakthrough that can work through metal.
Foxconn - one of the large manufacturing firms that assembles iPhones for Apple - is reported to be testing wireless charging modules that will be included in some or all of the 2017 iPhones if the tests prove satisfactory.
Further strong evidence was added to the chances of Apple bringing wireless charging to the next iPhone in February 2017, when it emerged that Apple has joined the Wireless Power Consortium industry group, as spotted by 9to5Mac.
Research & analysis firm KGI Securities, and their famous analyst Ming Chi Kuo in particular, released a report in February 2017 making a firm prediction that all three iPhone models to be released in autumn 2017 will feature wireless charging, although Kuo warned that the feature would increase production costs. Ming-Chi Kuo has also previously warned that Apple may bundle the wireless charger with more expensive models only.
Bloomberg reckons Apple is working on longer-range wireless charging, potentially with a range of about 1 metre.
Fast Company claims that while the iPhone 8 will come with wireless charging capabilities, the feature may not be ready at launch.
Speaking to a source with knowledge of the development, Fast Company claims that while the iPhone 8 will feature the hardware at launch, the capability won't be enabled until Apple has perfected the software side of things. The company also claims that Apple is using a variant of the Qi wireless charging standard and not long-range wireless charging as claimed by Bloomberg.
In December 2014, USPTO awarded Apple a patent relating to a "personal computing device control using face detection and recognition".
More recently, DigiTimes has predicted that Apple is likely to launch iPhones equipped with iris-recognition technology in 2018; but at the end of August 2016 the site went further, reporting that Taiwan-based Xintec is expected to provide iris scanners to Apple for the iPhone launching in 2017.
JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall backed up this theory with his own prediction that the iPhone 8 will have a 3D laser scanner for face recognition, replacing Touch ID.
And there's an Apple patent to add to the pile of evidence: US Patent 20170076077, published in March 2017, describes a method for "Locking and unlocking a mobile device using facial recognition".
Fast Company has spoken to a source with knowledge of the iPhone 8 and claims that while the front-facing 3D sensor will be present in the iPhone 8, much like with the wireless charging, it might not be ready at launch. The source claims that while the hardware functions perfectly, Apple is still experiencing issues with the software and might launch the feature post-launch via an iOS software update.
Apple debuted ARKit at WWDC 2017, showcasing how developers can implement AR abilities into iPads and iPhones. Surely the iPhone 8 will arrive with cool new features that take advantage of that?
We previously spotted an Apple patent application that appears to back up all this speculation. Patent 9,488,488, for 'Augmented reality maps', describes the use of a mobile device to view live video of whatever is in front of the user, and to then superimpose images related to nearby places of interest on top of the video.
Loup Ventures analysts speculate that a company named Finisar may be providing lasers for AR depth mapping in the iPhone 8.
Read more: Apple VR and augmented reality rumours
We'd be strongly surprised if the iPhone 8 featured a headphone port, which would be a major admission of defeat for Apple. Instead, it makes sense for the company to double down on its 3.5mm-free future by offering premium Bluetooth headphones with its top-end smartphone, just as it bundled decent Lightning headphones with the iPhone 7.
It's hard to predict precise specs this far in advance, but it's possible to draw some broad conclusions about where Apple is headed. Let's start with...
A report by the Wall Street Journal prophesies that Apple has big things up its sleeve for the next iPhone's screen, after turning out smartphones with lower resolutions than rivals for some years.
(If you compare the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7, for example, you'll see that Apple managed only a 760 x 1334 resolution on its 4.7-inch screen, in comparison to the 1440 x 2560 5.1-inch screen that Samsung had to offer.)
The iPhone 8 will sit in Samsung's shadows no longer, according to the WSJ, which says Apple has asked suppliers to "submit prototype screens with better resolution than ones from Samsung". If this is true - and if the suppliers are able to match Apple's stipulation without pushing up price, weight or dimension, or reducing battery life or fire safety, to a degree that Apple finds unacceptable - then this would imply more than a tripling of the pixel count from one iPhone generation to the next.
In February 2017 Ming Chi Kuo predicted that the (5.15in) iPhone 8 will have a resolution of 2,436 x 1,125 and a pixel density of 521ppi, far higher than the iPhone 7's 326ppi. And the 5.8in version of the iPhone 8 - the iPhone 8 Plus, presumably - will have a resolution of 2,800 x 1,242 and a pixel density of 528ppi.
In November 2016, Barclays Research - via MacRumors - released a report predicting that the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus would have 5-inch and 5.8-inch screens respectively, compared to the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The analysts based the prediction on the testimony of sources within Apple's Asian supply chain, although they warned that the design "didn't sound 100 percent locked down".
But in January 2017 the theory was backed up by DigiTimes predicting that Apple will launch a 5.8-inch iPhone in the second half of 2017, citing anonymous sources in the Taiwanese supply chain. And Nikkei forecasts that the next iPhone "will come in three configurations - two with liquid crystal displays and one with a 5.8-inch organic light-emitting diode display".
In May, an Engadget source that leaked CAD plans to it claimed that both iPhones will get a screen size bump, with the the 4.7-inch version going to 5 inches, and the 5.5-inch "Plus" version increasing to 5.8 inches.
It's understood that the larger screens will fit into bodies with the same or similar dimensions as the current generation of phones, thanks to a bezel-free design.
iPhones contain proprietary processor chips that you won't find in other smartphones: there's an A9 in the iPhone 6s and an A10 Fusion chip in the iPhone 7, for example. So it doesn't take a genius to predict that the iPhone 8 will get an A11 (or maybe an A11 Fusion).
But while the A chips are made to Apple's own design and specifications, several other companies are involved; they contain technology licensed from ARM, and are manufactured, at present, by Samsung and TSMC. And that could change in the nearish future.
Intel has declared its intention of expanding its smartphone business, and is hot favourite to displace TSMC from the iPhone contract, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.
Economic Daily News, however, thinks TSMC still has the gig, and will begin production of the A11 in April 2017. The site has little detail of the A11 design, but does say it will be fabricated with a 10 nanometre FinFET process, a significant upgrade from the A10 Fusion's 16 nanometres.
The iPhone 7 comes with 2GB RAM, while the iPhone 7 Plus offers 3GB. In February 2017 research firm TrendForce published a report predicting that the iPhone 8 (we assume they mean all models) will have 3GB RAM, which should provide a speed boost for the smaller-screen models.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both comes in three storage configurations: 32GB, 128GB and 256GB. (The older iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and iPhone SE are available with 32GB and 128GB only.)
The TrendForce report linked above suggests that Apple may phase out the 32GB model for the iPhone 8 generation. The late-2017 iPhones will come in 64GB and 256GB configurations, the firm says.
We'd add that since that report came out, Apple has launched new iPad Pro models that offer the most storage of any iOS device yet, going up to 512GB - but it's hard to imagine many people wanting that much space on a phone.
This MIC report suggests that the new iPhones will feature the dual camera currently only available on the iPhone 7 Plus. This would mean that the smaller iPhone will also be able to take the portrait photos currently only offered by the bigger device.
Unverified schematics posted on Slashleaks also show a vertical alignment for the iPhone's dual camera, with the twin lenses stacked on top of one another. This has been backed up by the photos of "an iPhone 8 mockup that is believed to feature Apple's final design" that BGR got hold of in May 2017, which you can see in the leaked photos section.
This leaked image shared on Twitter also suggest that the dual camera layout might change:
The iPhone 7 Plus offers two cameras: one with a 28mm lens and the other with a 56mm lens, allowing for the portrait style photos with an SLR-like blured background. Future iPhones could offer even more camera lenses for greater coverage.
Ming Chi Kuo has predicted that the iPhone 8 will squeeze a battery with a capacity to match the iPhone 7 Plus - 2,700mAH - into a chassis comparable to the iPhone 7. So we could see a significant battery life increase in the next generation of iPhones.
There's also the possibility that the new iPhone could feature two batteries. A leak of the alleged schematics for the iPhone 8, posted on Slashleaks, shows that the main board is smaller and that there are two batteries rather than just one. And IDC analyst Sean Kao claims the new iPhones will use new, smaller printed circuit boards that would allow for a more powerful battery.
Smartphone battery life is one of those things that everyone says is important, but you do wonder how much of a compromise the average Apple fan would be willing to make in return. As Jony Ive put it in an interview with the Financial Times, "With a bigger battery [the iPhone] would be heavier, more cumbersome, less 'compelling'."
- iPhone 7 (32GB): £599
- iPhone 7 (128GB): £699
- iPhone 7 (256GB): £799
- iPhone 7 Plus (32GB): £719
- iPhone 7 Plus (128GB): £819
- iPhone 7 Plus (256GB): £919
However, there's an alternative theory - that the iPhone 8 (or iPhone Edition) will break the thousand-dollar barrier in the US for the first time (this is according to Fast Company, citing a source "with knowledge of Apple's plans"), which is likely to translate to a UK price of £940 or so.
There's also a report from China's Economic Daily News claiming that the new 3D Touch module for the iPhone 8 will cost 150 percent more than the module for the LCD-enabled iPhone 7. The report notes that standard OLED-based 3D Touch modules are usually around 50 percent higher than LCD-based modules, but Apple agreed to a quote that's 150 percent higher, and it's not quite clear why.
This is backed up by a report from MacRumors citing USB analyst Steven Milunovich. The analyst claims that the base 64GB iPhone 8 will cost between $850-900 in the US, while the high-end 256GB model will set buyers back somewhere between $950-1000. While it seems fairly expensive, it's comparable to Samsung's new Galaxy S8+, which starts at around $840 in the US.
Leaked images and videos
This is where we'll post leaked photos and video of the iPhone 8 and its components that we are able to dig up, as well as concept illustrations created by designers who are not affiliated with Apple. You may have already spotted a few dotted throughout this article to illustrate particular rumours, too.
These renders of the iPhone 8 design posted on the Chinese social network Weibo (you'll need to log into the site to see the link) were spotted on 24 May by 9to5Mac. They show the two most widely predicted and striking design changes: the vertically configured twin camera lenses, and the fingerprint sensor on the back of the device; you can also see a near-edge-to-edge display with almost non-existent left and right bezels.
They're digital renders rather than photos of finished products, and little is known about the Weibo user who obtained these images so we'd take them with a pinch of salt if we were you. We do think having the Apple logo above the fingerprint sensor is a bit ugly - hopefully that's not the direction Apple will take.
Benjamin Geskin, a well-known leaker, has posted this video which he claims shows a dummy model of the iPhone 8.
You'll note that in this case there's no sign of the rear fingerprint scanner, although as a dummy it's not clear how many of the final design elements have been built in. The rear-facing cameras are stacked vertically: that seems to be accepted by almost everyone now, much as it offends our eyes (at the moment, it's amazing what you can get used to).
BGR claims it's obtained photos of "an iPhone 8 mockup that is believed to feature Apple's final design". If this is all correct, this is what we can expect to see in September (or whenever the launch happens).
The design mostly looks pretty much the same as the iPhone 7 generation, with the odd-looking exception of putting those twin rear-facing camera lenses in a vertical configuration. And there's no headphone jack.
Concept iPhone 8 video
This YouTube video has been published showing a concept of what the new iPhone might look like based on the leaks and speculation.
The technical drawing leaked by Sonny Dickson
This drawing appears to indicate that the fingerprint scanner will move to the back of the iPhone.
These image were created by AlHasan Husni. You can see how much more screen space would be opened up if Apple removed the side bezels and reduced the size of the top and bottom bezels; the screen, in fact, extends over the curved edges of the side of the device.
Husni has also included the rumoured 'function area' along the bottom of the screen, taking the place of the current Home button:
Talking of function areas, take a look at these stunning mockups by Gabor Balogh, which focus on that particular anticipated new design feature, and how it will interact with the also-rumoured new augmented reality features.
Here's a lovely iPhone 8 concept - together with some fairly detailed specs - by Handy Abo Vergleich.
Concept images & video of edge-to-edge screen
With rumours of an edge-to-edge display proving popular, designer Thadeu Brandao got to work on a new concept for the iPhone 8.
Brandao's lovely concepts have been made into a video - an 'iPhone 8 commercial' - and posted on the YouTube channel ConceptsiPhone:
Macworld podcast: Discussing iPhone 8 rumours
The UK Tech Weekly Podcast team discuss iPhone 8 rumours in episode 67 - it starts at 21.54. (We also discuss Netflix and Google Glass, if you're interested!) Follow the podcast on Twitter for notifications of new episodes.