The latest update for the iPhone 8 is that Apple will be releasing a borderless model for the 10th anniversary of the device. The borderless iPhone 8 will allow it to have the same overall size as the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models.
According to MacRumors, Barclays Research analysts Blayne Curtis, Christopher Hemmelgarn, Thomas O'Malley, and Jerry Zhang are saying that the new release of 5-inch and 5.8-inch iPhone 8 will come with curved and bezel-free designs.
The update for the iPhone 8 is not yet final, but it is believed that the iPhone 8 will get bigger screen sizes with its bezel-less design and curved edges in the original envelope. The new design will move the iPhone 8 from 4.7-inch to 5-inch and the iPhone 8 Plus from 5.5-inch to 5.8-inch.
The research of Barclays supports what KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in March that Apple will launch a 5.8-inch iPhone with curved OLED display and glass casing. The Nikkei website also said that the iPhone 8's larger screen will be released as a premium model, alongside 4.7-inch and 5-inch iPhones.
9to5Mac reports that if the latest updates about the iPhone 8 are true, it will be the first smartphone to come out with a bezel-less design. Manufacturers of Android phones have already been pushing for less bezel on its devices, but a truly bezel-less device has yet to hit the market.
With the bezel-less phone, Apple will be able to achieve a smartphone device that has a larger screen without the need to make the overall chassis of the phone bigger. Reports have already come out that phone will have 0.3-inch diagonal increase.
If the curved design is also true, it means the 0.3 increase is to allow the iPhone's screen display to be wrapped around the sides of the smartphone. The iPhone 8's latest update also says that Apple will be using OLED screen technology, instead of IPC LCD.
Having OLED display will allow the iPhone 8 to have better saturation and contrast levels. It will also drain lesser power when the phone is displaying black or darker content due to the device not using any backlight.
To achieve a bezel-less design in iPhone 8's latest update, it is expected that the home button will be removed. Apple will integrate the Touch-ID home button into the front display.