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Apple iPhone 8 rumored to come in three different sizes, feature iPhone 4-like glass back

Apple's next smartphone, the iPhone 8, is rumored to come in three display sizes of 4.7-inch, 5-inch, and 5.5-inch, and similar to the older generation iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s, it will come with glass backs.

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It has been just a few weeks since the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, we are already hearing rumors about Apple’s next generation iPhone 8. Next year, Apple will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of the iPhone and hence it is speculated to launch an overhauled smartphone, rumored as the iPhone 8. The next-in-line device is expected to mark a shift from the current design language of aluminum housing and pave way for an all-glass back and come in not two but three different sizes.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus bring in the same design as the iPhone 6 that was launched in 2014. Given that it will be Apple’s anniversary edition smartphone; fans could be in for a special treat which is likely to include a newly designed iPhone 8. According to a report on GSMArena, the rumored iPhone 8 will be completely redesigned and will have a glass back instead of the current design that features an aluminum rear. Industry sources further reveal that the rear glass panels will be supplied by China’s Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology. However, it is not to be confused with an all-glass smartphone as the glass rear and front will still be put together in a metal casing which could either be in aluminum or stainless steel.

Last month, Ming-Chi Kuo, a reliable analyst from KGI Securities, had also hinted at the design change for the next year’s iPhone 8.
According to the analyst, Apple the iPhone 8 could sport a glass front and back. Though Ming-Chi Kuo made the prediction on the basis of the increasing popularity of the new iPhone 7 jet black model, which has a glossy finish but is also vulnerable to scratches. The analyst predicted Apple would want to further ride on the popularity of the jet black model, but tweak it slightly to make it lesser prone to scratches. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 could feature Xiaomi Mi 5s-like capacitive fingerprint sensor

The speculated glass rear for the iPhone 8 won’t be something new as Apple has already experimented with the design back in 2010 with its iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s. However, the company moved to an all-metal design after various third-party slip-on case users complained of the device developing cracks and not fitting well enough because of its glass back. From the iPhone 5 to this year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple has been following a metal body approach with only subtle tweaks.

With the rumored iPhone 8, Apple is also expected to move away from its tradition of introducing two variants in terms of size and instead announce three differently sized next-generation iPhones. Based on the reports, it is speculated that Apple will introduce a size which will sit between the smaller and the phablet-sized version at 5-inches. So those who find the 4.7-inch iPhone a little too small and the 5.5-inch tad too big to operate can settle in for the ‘just right’ 5-inch iPhone 8. As a 4.7-inch model will sit close to the 5-inch variant, it could also mean that Apple might ditch the smaller version for the more appropriate 5-inch model.

Having a different size won’t change the innards of the iPhone 8, according to the report. However, given the introduction of the dual camera setup only in the iPhone 7 Plus which its smaller variant iPhone 7 doesn’t include; it is possible that the three differently sized iPhone 8 devices might also compromise on certain features which could be reserved only for the premium variant such as a dual-curved Super AMOLED display. The largest variant of the iPhone 8, at 5.5-inches, is further speculated to come with a curved display which will be manufactured by Samsung, while the rest of the two variants will feature LTPS LCD panels similar to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. ALSO READ: Apple could launch iPhone with glass chassis and Samsung Galaxy Note7-like curved display in 2017

Samsung is considered as pioneer when it comes to dual-edged display on a smartphone. With its Galaxy S6 edge, the manufacturer paved way for other manufacturers to follow suite. This week, China-based manufacturer Xiaomi introduced its Mi Note 2 that comes with 3D curved glass both in the front and rear. While it doesn’t offer the same functionality as the Samsung S6 edge and later devices for notifications and app shortcuts, it does offer the same ‘spilling’ effect on the screen. With the introduction of USB Type-C and the dual-camera setup in smartphones, it but makes for an evident move for Apple to follow the dual-edge display formula which has been successfully tested by Samsung.

Other than the speculated change in design and display, the iPhone 8 could finally bring in the wireless charging feature, which will be enhanced with the glass back. Wireless charging, again, will be an element borrowed from Samsung which introduced the feature with its Galaxy S7 smartphone and something which a lot of Apple consumers have been demanding for a long time.

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  • Published Date: October 27, 2016 12:45 PM IST
  • Updated Date: October 27, 2016 5:35 PM IST