As hard as it may be to believe, Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus flagships are already one-fourth of the way through the iPhone’s traditional, one-year life cycle. And while the obsession will likely retain its grip on the many customers who’ve been fortunate enough to get their hands on Cupertino’s latest-and-greatest, it appears that the company is already hard at work developing and refining the iPhone 7’s successors.
According to a leaked set of documents published earlier this morning to the popular Chinese blogging site, Weibo — which was been a historically accurate avenue by which Apple’s most sensitive dealings are divulged — the Silicon Valley tech-giant is currently hard at work developing a total of three iPhone handsets that it plans to release in 2017.
First and foremost, according to the documents, we should expect to see the hotly anticipated, curved OLED display-equipped iPhone 8, which Apple has reportedly been referring to internally as ‘Ferrari’.
Other than that, the three devices due to be released next year have been given the D20, D21, and D22 internal badges, which is consistent with how Apple typically gives its prototype devices a code by which to be identified among the company and its constituents.
For comparison’s sake, Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were initially code-named D10 and D20 — at least for the first few months of their development. Additionally, according to Business Insider, Apple’s original iPhone was codenamed internally as ‘Project Purple’ — so the whole “internal name game” is not a new concept up at One Infinite Loop.
As far as the specifications of Apple’s forthcoming, top-tier handset are pertinent, we recently learned that the device would boast a Samsung-supplied, curved OLED display — a la the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Additionally, according to Forbes, the device will certainly be “slimmer and sleeker” than the current iPhone 7 Plus because the device is reported to boast an all-new “two-part motherboard that allows for a more compact build.”
Above and beyond the device’s all-new display, we’ve heard plenty of other rumors — mostly brought to us courtesy of famed KGI Securities analyst, Ming Chi Kuo, of course — suggesting that the iPhone 8 will boast a myriad of super-advanced features, including upgraded internals, wireless charging capabilities, and a truly bezel-less, all-glass design featuring a new home button embedded underneath the display, itself, as opposed to having its own real estate at the bottom of the device.
Of course, we’ve also heard our fair share of rumors that other smartphone manufacturers, too, will be bringing this new display technology to their devices next year. So while Apple may not be the first to release such a device, we’re almost certain that the company will find a way — as always — to implement its own take on the home button-free smartphone.
Make sure to stay tuned us as we head into the new year, as the iPhone 8 developments and leaks and renders are all but certain to start heating up in Q1 2017.
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