Report: iPhone 8 Ditching Lightning Port and Uses Curved Display

It's expected to launch in 2017 as a 10th Anniversary Edition for $1,000.
Report: iPhone 8 Ditching Lightning Port and Uses Curved Display
Image credit: via PC Mag
  • ---Shares

If the latest news surrounding the inevitable iPhone 8 is to be believed, then it's quite a departure from the norm for Apple. But the Wall Street Journal is reporting that we should expect quite a shake-up to the conventional iPhone design, and we won't be left waiting until 2018 to see it.

If Apple is true to form, then around September this year we will get S variants of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. But apparently we are also going to get an iPhone 8 sitting at the high end of the line-up as a way of celebrating the iPhone's 10th Anniversary. But this is no ordinary iPhone.

We've already heard that Apple is switching to OLED panels supplied by Samsung for the iPhone 8 display. As 9to5Mac reports, it is now thought the display will be curved and 5.8-inches in size, but manages to sit inside the physical size of the existing 4.7-inch iPhone. That means no bezel and no Home Button below the screen. We should also expect a larger battery.

If that wasn't enough of a surprise, there's an arguably bigger one. Apple is thought to be ditching its proprietary Lightning port and instead using USB-C. While such a move will be welcomed, it suggests investing in any accessories that ship with a Lightning connection as standard would be unwise right now. It also begs the question of whether the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus will also make the switch to USB-C.

As with any high-end smartphone, it's going to carry a premium price. Apple won't be lowering the price of the revised 7S phones, instead choosing to offer the iPhone 8 at $1,000 or more. If that's the case, it truly needs to be something special. A curved display, glass casewireless charging and 3-D selfies suggest it could well be.


More from PCMag

Next Article:
Apple's New Chicago Store Looks Like a G...
OK

This website uses cookies to allow us to see how our website and related online services are being used. By continuing to use this website, you consent to our cookie collection. More information about how we collect cookies is found here.