Apple will launch three iPhone 8 models in 2017, it has emerged, each of them sporting a glass casing similar to 2010’s iPhone 4.
Sources told Japanese business news site Nikkei that the tech giant will bring to market 4.7–inch, 5–inch and 5.5–inch iPhones next year.
The current-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus measure 4.7–inches and 5.5–inches respectively.
The report claims that the 4.7-inch and 5-inch iPhone 8 handsets will feature standard LCD screens, while the 5.5-inch model will come with a curved OLED display.
This would be in keeping with Apple’s current iPhone strategy, which has seen the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus become the top-end device in its range.
The decision not to use OLED screens in all models is likely to cause consternation among Apple-watchers, especially as rival mobile-makers have already made the move to the brighter, less power-intensive display tech.
The same source says Apple may well change its plans between now and a planned late 2017 launch.
The company scrapped plans for an iPhone 7 Plus with a single-lens camera six months before revealing the iPhone 7, so has previous form in this regard. With that in mind, it's probably best not to earmark the iPhone 8 as your next handset just yet.
The iPhone 8 is expected to feature a new design, as Apple looks to reinvigorate its smartphone business in the wake of slowing sales.