iPhone 8 to Fight Galaxy S8 With This

Samsung's Galaxy S8 could very well end up being the best overall smartphone out there once it hits stores in a few days. But Apple is working to make sure its reign doesn't last long.

Image Credit: Mac Otakara

(Image credit: Image Credit: Mac Otakara)

A new report from Japan's Mac Otakara adds some weight to the more prevalent iPhone 8 rumors out there, including rumblings of a stainless steel design and a flat OLED display.

The report, as translated by Apple Insider, claims that the iPhone 8 will have a "glass sandwich" design reminiscent of that of the iPhone 4, with a sturdy steel center and slabs of glass on the front and back. The phone will reportedly use an improved version of the stainless steel that comprises the Apple Watch.

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Mac Otakara also notes that the display will be a flat OLED panel (contradicting some previous flexible display rumors), and could sport a vertically oriented iSight camera that would allow the next iPhone to work more seamlessly with mobile VR headsets. The report also seems to affirm the iPhone 8's oft-rumored virtual home button, which would replace the physical Touch ID key and would allow for more screen real estate.

While Apple's 10th-anniversary iPhone will likely steal the show later this year, it could be joined by improved versions of the iPhone 7. According to Bloomberg, Apple will launch a total of three handsets this fall: An all-new high-end model (which could be called the iPhone 8 or iPhone X), as well as the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, which would get the usual refresh treatment Apple gives to its new phones after a year.

However, while the 7s and 7s Plus are expected to arrive in September, we might have to wait a bit longer for Apple's big 10th-anniversary redesign.