Apple’s long–awaited iPhone 8 may be called the iPhone Edition, according to reports from Japan.
The move tallies with previous rumours that the forthcoming top–end iPhone would sell for over $1,000.
The Edition name is already used by Apple for high–end versions of the Apple Watch.
The source cited in the report also claims that Apple is testing multiple prototypes of the iPhone Edition, with different glass, metal and ceramic finishes, as well as models with LCD and OLED screens.
The display is expected to be a curved 5.8–inch effort with a usable area of 5–inches.
The report also backs up forecasts that the iPhone Edition may not launch until well after the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.
Those handsets have been widely rumoured for release in September and are thought to be incremental updates of the current flagship iPhones.
Any launch of a new premium iPhone will need to come before the end of 2017 to ensure Apple can celebrate the tenth anniversary of its original smartphone with a new device.
Apple’s decision to further fragment its iPhone range is likely to cause consternation among some fans.
Its high price, however, is unlikely to affect sales due to pent up demand among upgrading smartphone owners.
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