A new Bloomberg report on the iPhone 8 has confirmed a number of rumors about Apple’s tenth anniversary iPhone, adding a dash of authenticity to claims that the handset will be a completely overhauled smartphone. However, eager buyers might have to be patient since the publication claims that supply constraints may result in the device getting delayed by 1 or 2 months.
This means that the so-called iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone 8 could all be announced this fall, but the last won’t hit availability until much later. People familiar with the matter claim that Apple is testing a Samsung-made OLED display which covers almost the entire front surface, resulting in a screen which is bigger than the iPhone 7 Plus but closer in size to the iPhone 7.
Apple’s plans are still in flux at the moment, with the brand evaluating multiple prototypes. One uses slightly curved glass on the front and back which blends into a steel frame. The OLED panel is flat and the overall look is comparable to the iPhone 4.
Another prototype uses the same design but features a glass black with more dramatic curves on the top and bottom, similar to the very first iPhone. Apple is also said to be considering a simpler style with an aluminum back and slightly larger dimensions. Suppliers are reportedly struggling to reliably produce heavily curved glass in mass quantities.
The other big change may be seen in the photography department. The iPhone 8 could feature dual Sony cameras on the front and back, making way for AR-based features and depth-of-field enhancements. The rear-facing module might be positioned vertically for better photos, while the front-facing one could be integrated into the screen.
Apple is also testing faster processors based on a 10nm production process for the 3 new iPhones, a massive shift down from the current 16nm process. The reduction will make sure the handsets are more efficient and battery life standards stay constant even as advanced features are added.