With the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus both available to buy, the rumor mill has switched to Apple’s next device. Called (possibly) the iPhone 8, it’s thought that this handset will be at the pinnacle of design and offer features that could turn the head of any devout Android user. So in this article, I’m going to look at iPhone 8 concept images and what’s known/being speculated about this handset.

iphone 8 concept
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iPhone 8 concept or reality?

By any definition, 2017 is going to be a huge year for Apple. Not only will it be taking stock of how well the 7 and 7 Plus have sold, but also it will be getting ready for the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone. It is for this reason that many think the next iPhone will be something truly exciting.

However, Apple has remained tight-lipped on this subject, and this is leading designers like Veniamin Geskin to create iPhone 8 concepts–renders of what she thinks the next iPhone will look like.

iphone 8 concept with 8 plus
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It’s believed that Apple is working on embedding all Home button functionality into the screen, so this would mean that on the iPhone 8, things like Touch ID, the Home button, and even FaceTime could be hidden.

Here’s an iPhone 8 concept from Veniamin Geskin, which she Tweeted via @VenyaGeskin1. As you can see, she is a true believer that the future of the iPhone is buttonless.

iphone 8 concept no home button
Image Source: @VenyaGeskin1/Twitter.com

Release date

As was mentioned earlier, 2017 is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. However, it’s also a year when you would expect the “S” variant of the iPhone 7 to be released. So if next year is going to be the huge year everyone is talking about, there can only be the 8.

When the launch will be is entirely predictable (I think), given that Apple tends always to launch in September. So I’m saying September 2017, but as for the exact date, who knows?

Design rumors

When someone mentions liquid glass to you, what do you immediately think of? I think about the movie Terminator 2, the one in which bad guys send a liquid metal robot into the past to kill John Connor. However, what the rumors refer to in regards to the iPhone 8 is not the same. It’s just a brand name for a piece of technology created by a California Institute of Technology research team, and it is something that will keep the iPhone 8 concept renders coming for a long time.

iphone 8 concept entirely new
Image Source: @VenyaGeskin1/Twitter.com

The future

While the above iPhone 8 concept images are just from the imagination of designers, they possibly give a glimpse of what Apple may eventually provide us with. As for what I would like from an iPhone 8, I hope it’s not a curved screen affair, as Samsung has done this, and I don’t care for it.

What I want is for Apple to tear up the rule book and create a new form factor, something that merges the phone and watch into one. Will this happen? I doubt it. I can comfortably say it will be a slate-form device.