People haven't even stopped talking about the iPhone 7 yet and there's already talk of the impending arrival of the iPhone 8, because of course there is.

Industry analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, suspects that Apple will put curved glass on the back and front of its next smartphone. Meanwhile, the demand for the matte and gloss finishes of the black iPhone 7 show that consumers want those options, resulting in early rumors of similar color options due to arrive with the iPhone 8.

Apple is also expected to throw in a switch to a curved OLED display under so-called 2.5D glass, sculpt the glass to create a smooth and unblemished exterior, promote the use of stainless steel to create a "premium" segment to the iPhone range and remove much of the dead bezel space from the front of the smartphone.

By removing the headphone jack with the iPhone 7, Apple can continue to reduce the amount of external ports that will be made in the chassis on the iPhone 8. Early rumors of a switch to a virtual button means that the home button can be "in the screen" itself rather than occupying a large bezel at the bottom of the device. Getting rid of the physical button would also offer an "edge to edge" screen that past rumors have led us to believe Apple wants.

Read more musings on the iPhone 8 over at Forbes.

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