Apple readies iPhone overhaul for smartphone's 10th anniversary

Yolanda Curtis
April 19, 2017

The technology giant is working on three iPhone models this year, including one that will deliver an updated design and an "advanced" camera, Bloomberg is reporting citing sources. Report says that Apple will be getting rid of the iPhone 8's home button to create a larger screen display.

The device is expected to use an organic light-emitting diode display that more accurately shows colours.

Furthermore, a separate report by The Investor claims that Samsung is handling most of the OLED panel derivatives supply chain as well, as Apple is still a novice in this department.

This curved glass has apparently caused the aforementioned supply issues, while Apple is also said to be struggling to integrate the Touch ID fingerprint sensor into the display of the device.

As far as design goes, Apple is now testing various prototypes, with the latest one featuring curved glass on both the front and the back.

Bloomberg's report echoes similar news from Japanese outlet Mac Otakara, which revealed back in early March that the iPhone 8 might arrive later than the other two 2017 iPhone models. But there is also an idea that the iPhone 8 would sport a small invisible screen on the back that displays notifications.

Under such circumstances, one more news has come up. There is ample amount of time until Apple's iPhone 8 release date, and with that time window, a lot could be changed. If so, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases may not fit the new models, according to the report.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But there is extra fervor this year as it will be the 10th anniversary of the iPhone's debut in 2007.

Other new features tipped by the sources include augmented reality features for the phone's camera, and vertically stacked dual camera lenses on the rear - another big rumour we've been hearing in recent months. If Apple can't make the sensor technology play nice with OLED displays, Pacific Crest wrote after talks with suppliers, the company could wind up delaying production or scuttling fingerprint sensing on the iPhone.

If Apple is forced to cut the technology altogether, the company will face the hard decision to either rely on a biometric login based entirely on 3D sensing, which has proven unreliable in testing and may also present security concerns, or scrap the design altogether. The new phones will also ship with a brand new Apple system chip built on the 10nm manufacturing process.

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