Apple will completely overhaul the iPhone design in 2017 and will bring to market a device with an edge–to–edge display that covers the entire face of the smartphone.
That bold claim has been made by John Gruber, a renowned Apple-watcher with high profile connections within the Cupertino-based company.
It’s the first time we’ve got proper insight into exactly what Apple has planned for the handset that will mark the tenth anniversary of the iPhone brand.
Gruber says that the larger screen will see the top and bottom bezels of the phone disappear, with Touch ID fingerprint security, speakers, earpiece and and front–facing camera all embedded in the display.
“There have been some rumours, I guess, but what I'm saying is that I've heard this independently and it is completely getting rid of the chin and forehead of the phone,” said Gruber on his podcast, The Talk Show.
Speaking of how Apple would make such plans work, he added: “Whether that means that they're going to shrink the actual thing in your hand to fit the screen sizes we already have, or whether they're going to grow the screens to fit the devices we're already used to holding... I don't know.”
It appears increasingly likely that Apple will not offer a major iPhone upgrade in 2016, with this year’s iPhone 7 is set to feature only minor improvements.
Instead, Apple appears to be training its focus on an overhauled model for release next year
Recent gossip has suggested such a device could feature OLED screen tech, wireless charging and a curved display.
Word is that the smartphone could be called the iPhone 8, with Apple ditching the ‘S’ moniker it uses for phones it releases every other year.