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Apple Will Feature 'Water Drop Design' In iPhone 8 As Homage To Original iPhone

21 March 2017, 8:12 am EDT By Aaron Mamiit Tech Times
A new report claims that the iPhone 8 will feature a "water drop design" in the form of a curved back. The design will be a homage to the original iPhone released in 2007.  ( Sean Gallup | Getty Images )

Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 is one of the hottest topics on the rumor mill due to the many advanced features that the company is said to be including in the premium smartphone.

However, it seems that despite the next-gen features that are being packed into the iPhone 8, the smartphone will still be looking back to the past through an homage to the original iPhone released 10 years ago.

iPhone 8 To Feature 'Water Drop Design'

According to a report by Korean website ETNews, industry analysts have said that the iPhone 8 will feature a so-called "water drop design" similar to the one found in the original iPhone. This means that the rear curve of the smartphone will be rounder and gentler compared to the metal edges found in current iPhones.

The back of the iPhone 8 will be made using three-dimensional glass to make the smartphone resemble the original iPhone and its deep curves at the back. The iPhone 8, however, will be much larger than the original iPhone with a 3.5-inch display, with rumors claiming that the smartphone will have a 5.8-inch display, but it will be much thinner than the first iPhone.

The glass will create curves at all the edges of the iPhone 8, which will be in contrast with the nearly flat-back design that Apple first introduced with the iPhone 4. The same design has been in use in all succeeding iPhones until the iPhone 7.

iPhone 8 Screen To Remain Flat

Despite the report that the iPhone 8 will have a curved back, it agreed with previous claims that the upcoming smartphone will have a flat OLED screen, without a curved edge similar to the ones found in Samsung's Galaxy smartphones. One of the reasons for going with a relatively flat OLED screen is to make the manufacturing process easier.

Rumors regarding possible curves to the iPhone 8's screen have been mixed, primarily due to the fact that there is no general consensus on what a curved screen actually means. However, the dominant story is that the iPhone 8 will have a screen with a 2.5D design and a curve similar to what can be seen in the iPhone 7. The display, however, is expected to run from edge-to-edge, with no bezels at the side and curving downward only slightly at the edges like the iPhone 7.

Other iPhone 8 Rumors

The iPhone 8, not to be confused with the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, is expected to look much different from previous iPhones, with the most advanced features available to smartphones. The price tag of the iPhone 8 is also expected to be something never seen before, as it will reach the $1,000 mark.

Other rumors claim that the iPhone 8 will ditch the long-standing Home button and replace it with virtual buttons, making an edge-to-edge display possible for the smartphone. The iPhone 8, which a previous report claimed will actually be called the iPhone Edition similar to the premium version of the Apple Watch, could also include facial recognition technology, which is also said to be featured in the Samsung Galaxy S8.

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