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The new iPhone 7 smartphone goes on sale inside an Apple Inc. store in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 16, 2016. Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

Apple has already gotten rid of the 3.5 mm headphone jack on its latest smartphone variants, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It seems that the tech giant isn’t done yet, though. Rumour has it that the next Apple smartphone incarnation, the iPhone 8, would further get rid of a couple more items: the charging cable and the home button.

Apple is not expected to launch the iPhone 8 until late next year when it celebrates a decade of smartphone dominance. But of course, like most future Apple products, speculations have already begun to float around regarding the upcoming iPhone.

The Cupertino-based company is expected to give up the iPhone’s present look and build a new one for next year’s model. The Apple smartphone’s current design was initially used a couple of years ago on the iPhone 6. It is speculated that Apple will replace the current aluminium housing of the iPhone 8 with glass, paving the way for efficient wireless charging support.

Another rumour is that the future iPhone 8 will no longer include the iconic home button, allowing it to have an edge-to-edge display. It is also expected to be powered by a 10-nanometre A11 chipset that should boost performance and increase efficiency.

One of the most widespread stories about the future iPhone 8, though, is that it will be released in three variants: two standard versions with different displays sizes and one premium “plus” model. The iPhone 8 Plus is expected to have a dual-curved AMOLED display, while the two standard variants will use LTPS LCD screens like the current iPhone 7.

Apple has also recently registered a patent for a foldable and bendable iPhone concept, although it is not expected that the company would be able to implement the new technology right away for the iPhone 8.