The initial curved screen “iPhone 8” rumors came from a November 2016 report from the Wall Street Journal, which claimed that Apple had 10 prototypes of the high-end iPhone, some of which had a curved screen design.
Now, it’s looking more and more like Apple took the flat-screen route for the premium iPhone 8, or iPhone Edition, which will be Apple’s way of celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone.
Most recently, a fresh report from MacRumors, citing “multiple people familiar with the matter,” claims the iPhone 8 will have a flat screen with gentle curves around the edges. From the description, it sounds similar to the current iPhone 7’s gently curved screen design.
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The rumors about curved edges on the iPhone 8 were exciting, as they inferred that it would look significantly different than the iPhone 7, which looks essentially identical to the iPhone 6 and 6s. And, even though it was rumored that the iPhone 8’s curved edges wouldn’t add much functionality, it could still make for a stunning design.
Indeed, the Galaxy S7 Edge’s curved edges makes the phone stand out, and it’s arguably the most beautifully designed smartphone you can buy.
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Still, other rumors about the iPhone 8’s design claim it’ll have a glass back, which is a departure from the metal back design of the iPhone 5 onwards, and a nostalgic return to the iPhone 4’s design.
Apart from the curved edges, MacRumors’ report also supports the claims that the iPhone will have a large 5.8-inch screen. So far, the high-end iPhone has been rumored to come with a 5.1, 5.5, or 5.8-inch screen.
Either way, as reliable as the rumor sources are, we won’t know for sure what Apple’s upcoming high-end iPhone will look like. Even its existence is a rumor. We’re waiting for Apple’s annual September iPhone event to get the final details.