It has almost been a decade since the very first iPhone was released. Naturally, Apple is expected to come up with a great handset for the event. Recent speculation revolves around a unit with glass casing and an OLED display.
According to Mac Rumors, a Taiwanese manufacturer, Foxconn, is already in the process of developing these casings and displays in order to secure the orders next year. Reportedly, the project has been ongoing for a year already. The company is allegedly even developing its own technology for the OLED display, which is expected to debut in the iPhone 8.
Foxconn's competitors are likely to include Samsung and China's Biel Crystal and Lens Technology.
In what would be an interesting move, Apple is estimated to move away from its current aluminum casings and LCD displays. Though unconfirmed at this point, it would only be natural for Apple, as more and more companies are making the switch to OLED touchscreens. This is because an OLED display would be thinner, more energy efficient and brighter. The costs, however, would also be hinger.
9 to 5 Mac notes that a slight majority of smartphone users would prefer to see a glass-cased iPhone in the future. This would mean that Apple would be come back to the look that was latest seen in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The 4th generation of the iPhone had a stainless steel band around the edge. Whether or not this steel edge will be adopted for the iPhone 8 is still unknown.
In addition, it is also speculated that Apple might come out with a curved screen, thereby strengthening the rumor that the Cupertino-based company will let go of metal completely for the iPhone 8.
Because the public is expecting to see very minimal design changes in the iPhone 7, it could be that Apple is holding out for the iPhone 8.