Apple iPhone 8 release date, news & update: Both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus to become larger and have no bezel

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Customers gather at a store selling Apple products during the launch of the new iPhone 7 sales at the State Department Store, GUM, in central Moscow, Russia September 23, 2016. Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin

Apple is going to make the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus literally bigger than their predecessors, this according to a new report making rounds online. It looks like the tech giant will go all out celebrating its 10th year anniversary of mobile phone domination in 2017.

Apple is planning to launch its future iPhone handsets on new 5-inch and 5.8-inch variants, as told by Barclays Research analysts Jerry Zhang, Blayne Curtis, Thomas O'Malley and Christopher Hemmelgarn via MacRumors. Both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are said to feature curved and bezel-free new looks. The analysts said that they got their information from Apple’s supply chain while they were on an Asian tour.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models currently measure 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches respectively. While the report says that the development is not “100 percent locked down” yet, Apple is indeed heading that direction. The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are slated for bigger boosts.

A number of recent reports suggest that Apple will equip the iPhone 8 Plus with OLED display, which will mark the Cupertino-based company’s first time to use such technology on its flagship smartphone. Compared to LCD screens, OLED displays not only are brighter and sharper, they’re also power savers. Moving forward, Apple will most likely seek the help of the biggest players of the OLED game: Samsung, Sharp and LG.

The details of Apple’s latest Securities and Exchange Commission 10-K filing have been leaked just recently and they virtually confirm the tech giant’s intentions regarding its future iPhones. Investment firm J.P. Morgan looked into the documents and saw purchase orders reaching more than a year in duration and amounting to US$4 billion (AU$5.2 billion). The deals are believed to be between Apple and Samsung.

Apple will ultimately have to remove the Home button of the future iPhone 8 to add more space for its display. This will be the only way the flagship phone can achieve an edge-to-edge display. Apple is expected to launch the new iPhone 8 in September next year.

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