Apple to call its next smartphone the iPhone 8, report claims

Apple to call its next smartphone the iPhone 8, report claims
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With the iPhone 7 now available in stores, it was only a matter of time before we began looking ahead towards Apple’s 2017 iPhone model.

While Apple traditionally follows a tick-tock strategy for iPhone updates wherein they release a stand-alone numerical model and then follow it up with an ‘s’ model, there are rumblings that Apple’s iPhone next year will be called the iPhone 8.

Rumors of Apple’s plan to call its 2017 iPhone the iPhone 8 as opposed to the iPhone 7s first emerged earlier this year. Now, a few months later, we now have more evidence that Apple’s next-gen iPhone will be the iPhone 8.

According to a report from Business Insider, an Apple employee at Apple’s offices in Herzilya, Israel, relayed that they are already referring to the upcoming iPhone internally as the iPhone 8.

The employee, whose identity is being concealed by Business Insider, solders components for Apple. This person didn't give too much away about the new handset but said it would be "different" from the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7, which have been criticised for being too similar to their predecessors.

Speaking to Business Insider outside Apple's Herzliya office at Maskit Street 12, the Apple employee said staff in Israel are working on what's coming "next" in Apple's product line, giving a specific mention to "iPhone 8." The worker used the term "iPhone 8" unprompted in our conversation. That was interesting because the next logical name for the iPhone to be released in 2017 should be "iPhone 7s." iPhone 8 isn't due until 2018.

As to why Apple may be inclined to skip the Phone 7s naming scheme and skip right on ahead to the iPhone 8, well, that’s likely because Apple’s 2017 iPhone will introduce such a radical design change that calling it the iPhone 7s just wouldn’t feel appropriate.

As we’ve detailed previously, it’s widely believed that the iPhone 8 will feature a revolutionary edge to edge panel wherein the entire front face of the device will be the display. In turn, the iPhone home button along with the ear piece and the video camera will reportedly be embedded beneath the display. Other rumored features include a revamped OLED screen and wireless charging capabilities.

If the above rumors pan out, the iPhone 8 may very well prompt the biggest iPhone upgrade refresh in history.

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