‘iPhone 8’ to Feature ‘Full-Screen Face’ with Embedded Home Button: NYT

Within Brian X. Chen’s write up of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus for The New York Times, he drops a little teaser on what could come for next year’s iPhone, at the end of his review:

But taking the leap to the 7 may be a wise bet, even for late technology adopters. Apple is likely to continue making iPhones without headphone jacks, and next year’s iPhone will have a full-screen face with the virtual button built directly into the screen, according to two people at the company who spoke on condition of anonymity because the product details are private. Apple declined to comment on next year’s iPhones.

The tidbit appears to reaffirm what has been rumoured leading up to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: next year’s tenth anniversary iPhone will come with a major redesign.

Earlier this year, Japanese news outlet Nikkei claimed next year’s iPhone will have a curved OLED display, possibly being developed by Foxconn. John Gruber from Daring Fireball also noted on his podcast next year’s phone, from what he heard, will have “an all-new form factor”, similar to what the Wall Street Journal had reported.

Earlier this morning, the tech press published their first impressions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. We don’t even have our hands on the iPhone 7 and people are already talking about ‘iPhone 8’.

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  • Biggy604

    Wouldn’t that mean if “next year”, its this 7S not the iPhone 8? Even still that would be a more bigger jump from 7 to 7S. Unless Apple decides not to continue with the S series of iPhone upgrades.

  • Jon

    I’m really hoping they take advantage of this and just start calling it iPhone. Who knows what they’re doing with iPads (we haven’t seen the 2nd version of the iPads Pro) but I at some point it will look weird to see iPhone 14.

  • FragilityG4

    I wouldn’t count on a big redesign next year. Look at the 4s to the 5. The design is almost identical outside the increase in screen size. I don’t foresee Apple deviating away from the current release scheme based purely on the anniversary. Next year will be the 7s and the following year, 2018, will be the 8.

  • Jay

    Lets face it… the iphone 7 is like an iphone 6 SS

    They basically gave themselves an extra year to make a real iphone anniversary redesign

  • FragilityG4

    And to my point, the iPhone 5 was like a 4ss. We forget this because the screen got larger and they moved to aluminum instead of glass.

  • Quattro

    The name “iPhone” will be changed before long. Nothing lasts forever. I would suggest that the “I” in all products will be removed sooner rather than later. The first clue that this will be happening is when they released the Apple Watch, instead of the iWatch.

    The anniversary update might just be the first rebranded version of the iPhone.

  • FragilityG4

    And to my point, the iPhone 5 was like a 4ss. We forget this because the screen got larger and they moved to aluminum instead of glass.

  • Quattro

    I’ll go on record as saying there is no way the screen will take up the entire front surface of the phone. There are too many issues with the speaker and front-facing camera being there. If anything it will start below those items. Also, I’m not seeing how the home button can be practical if built behind the screen, considering other interactive objects may be on the screen in its location.

    I can see side to side, but not top to bottom.

  • iPhone10

    The 10th anniversary iPhone for 2017 will be called iPhone 10. Hahaha, I spoke with Tim this morning.

  • Tim

    I don’t recall speaking to anyone this morning.

  • FragilityG4

    Although I agree nothing lasts forever, it’s hard for me to fathom why they would remove the i … iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac are all very iconic. iBook was easier to change as it’s life span was short. But as you said nothing lasts forever.