iPhone 8 said to sport all-glass design, steel in high-end models

The iPhone 7 isn’t even a month old, but iPhone 8 rumors are already flying. Now trusted Apple expert and KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back with a fresh set of predictions for next year’s iPhone.

Kuo reiterates earlier claims that Apple will switch to an all-glass design for the front and back of the iPhone 8 with a metal frame sandwiched in between. He argues that using glass will allow Apple to offer a glossy exterior similar to the popular Jet Black iPhone 7 while also making the device more scratch resistant. He adds that it could solve the production issues facing the current Jet Black model as well.

Apple may also differentiate the iPhone 8 by switching from aluminum to stainless steel. However, Kuo notes that the new material might be limited to premium models. Other phones, like the LG V10 and LG v20, have adopted stainless steel for a more rugged design.

KGI previously predicted an all-glass design for the iPhone 8. It’s also suggested Apple could introduce a premium version with a 5.8-inch curved OLED display, while smaller models may stick with LCD. Other reports have claimed the company is working on a totally bezel-free design with the fingerprint scanner and front-facing camera embedded into the display.

Apple likely won’t announce the iPhone 8 until almost a year from now, and even the device’s name is still up for debate. We wouldn’t get to attached to any particular rumor for now.

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