Apple’s next iPhone 8 has been churning the rumor mills for a while now, with many asserting that it’ll sport a revolutionary design to celebrate the fact that it’s the company’s 10th anniversary iPhone. A fresh Barclays Research report now elaborates on what exactly the brand is planning for the handset.
The researchers went on a trip to Asia to dig up some dirt on the iPhone 8. People working within Apple’s supply chain apparently told them that the smartphone would be sold in 5-inch and 5.8-inch models with a curved and bezel-less design.
However, the report cautions that the look isn’t 100% locked down yet but the general move is indeed towards a borderless style with bigger displays. Interestingly, they also believe that this revamped design will continue to maintain the same overall size as the present 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models.
The note also asserts that only the 5.8-inch iteration will be blessed with OLED technology. Samsung and LG are supposedly Apple’s main OLED suppliers, with Sharp set to enter the fold by 2018. As far as the front panel goes, the analysts don’t expect the brand to move the home button under the screen.
This goes against what past reports have said about the iPhone 8’s home button. Finally, Barclays claims the screen will extend vertically as well as horizontally. It didn’t elaborate on what exactly this could look like.
The fresh crop of information neatly falls in line with predictions well-regarded KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had made about an OLED 5.8-inch iPhone 8 in March 2016. Even the Nikkei Asian Review had said something similar, alleging that Apple plans to launch three new iPhones in 4.7-inch, 5-inch, and 5.5-inch models, with the last being the premium OLED option.