iPhone 8 release date, specs rumors: Curved AMOLED panels, iris scanner for Apple's 10th-anniversary smartphone

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It has not even been a month since Apple launched the iPhone 7 and buzz for the iPhone 8 has already started swirling. Understandably, the hype for the iPhone 8 is starting early given that the model will be the 10th-anniversary device from the famed smartphone line. Given this, the Cupertino-based company is expected to pull out all the stops in making the device a groundbreaking and memorable one. From an edge-to-edge display to total overhaul rumors, here are the most prominent speculations thus far for the forthcoming smartphone.

A couple of reports have noted that when it comes to the screen, Apple may be going with a curved AMOLED display. In its nine years in the market, the iPhone has yet to undergo major changes when it comes to its face other than downsizing and upsizing. According to reliable tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who specializes in Apple products, the company may be looking to change that by incorporating 5.8-inch curved panels both in the front and in the back. If this eventually comes to fruition, the tech giant’s decision to get rid of its 3.5 mm audio jack may make a little sense. The size is tipped to be in the upper end of the scale should Apple decide to make a couple of models for the iPhone 8.

Furthermore, fans are advised to not expect too much from the home button, as it will no longer be part of the new design.

Apple enthusiast and blogger John Gruber suggests that “the entire face will be the display. And the Touch ID sensor will be somehow embedded in the display. The front-facing camera will somehow be embedded in the display. The speaker, everything. All the sensors will somehow be behind the display.”

Should users no longer get a kick out of the fingerprint sensor, an iris scanner is also said to be coming to the 10th anniversary iPhone as one of its newest features. Despite having been featured by Samsung first, Apple can still do a lot of improvements on the mode with its South Korean counterpart still a bit slow in processing.

No official release date has been confirmed for the iPhone 8 but like its predecessors, chances are it will drop sometime in September of next year.