By: Nick Gambino

According to rumor the next iPhone is going to be such a departure from the iPhone 7 and previous models that they’re scrapping the “7s” moniker and going straight to “iPhone 8.”

Apple usually leap frogs their flagship phone with an “s” model every other year that improves upon the phone right before it. For example, 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 6, 6s, etc.

Rumors suggest much the way the 7 got rid of the clicking function in the home button and the headphone jack, the next model will see even more drastic changes.

Now as in previous years some of the rumors will turn out to be true and others will be the wishful thinking of some straight-up liars.

The first major rumor we’ve heard comes from Ming-Chi Kuo, the sometimes-accurate Apple analyst who gets his information straight from Apple’s Asian supply chain.

This rumor suggests that the new OLED display will be almost edge-to-edge taking up the majority of the space in the front getting rid of the bezels. This means they would do away with the home button at the bottom and thus the fingerprint tech that goes along with it. Though they could re-position it somehow or just replace it with a facial or iris scanner.

The area where the home button currently sits will be replaced by a function area on the display itself.

The phone size will only be 4.7 inches allowing you to use one hand but enjoy a screen closer to the size of the 7 Plus.

The battery situation gets two major upgrades. Wireless charging which would allow you to save money on those charging cords that keep malfunctioning. Additionally, the battery is said to be more on par with the 7 Plus (or even better) in terms of battery life due to the stacked logic board design. The OLED display is also more energy efficient cutting down on battery drainage.

Now if these rumors turn out to be true then that also might mean the rumor about how the price of the iPhone will surpass the $1,000 mark would also hold water. That might be a deal breaker for some. Though other Apple zealots will stick with the company, gladly upgrading to the 8.

What do you think of the potential trashing of the home button? What about wireless charging? Let us know your thoughts!


Nick Gambino is a regular script writer and tech beat reporter for NewsWatch. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and daughter.