Reports suggest that the Cupertino giant is preparing three iPhones to be launched this fall, including upgraded versions of the current two iPhone models and a handset with a new look. For the re-designed phone, the company is testing a new type of screen, curved glass and stainless steel materials, and more advanced cameras.
This year's new iPhone line-up comes at a critical time as Apple broke its typical upgrade cycle by retaining the same iPhone shape for a third year in a row and endured a rare sales slide.
A lot of leaked images and reports announce that the new premium model is testing a screen that covers almost the entire front of the device. That results in a display slightly larger than that of the iPhone 7 Plus but an overall size closer to the iPhone 7.
Apple is also aiming to reduce the overall size of the handset by integrating the home button into the screen itself via software. As the home button is within the screen, the device will have controls that are similar to the new touch Macbook that has been released recently.
The overhauled iPhone will use an organic light-emitting diode display that more accurately shows colours, while the other two phones will continue to use liquid crystal display technology and come in the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes.
One of the latest prototype designs includes symmetrical, slightly curved glass on the front and the back. The curves are similar in shape to those on the front of the iPhone 7.
The new OLED screen itself is flat, while the cover glass curves into a steel frame. The design is similar conceptually to the iPhone 4 from 2010. An earlier prototype design had a thinner steel band, leaving more noticeable curved glass on the sides.
It is possible that this new schematic is fake, or that this is one of several designs Apple is toying with. Apple plans to take a huge step backward with the iPhone 8 because it does not want to wait another year before ditching the physical home button. All the answers will come to light soon as the Apple event is on its way.