MORE EVIDENCE points to Apple building the dramatically redesigned iPhone 8 that has been rumoured for the last few generations.
Apple is expected to shave the bezels on the next iPhone to fit a bigger screen in the body
Apple has long-been rumoured to be working on a dramatically redesigned iPhone 8.
And the evidence that this next-generation smartphone will be everything Apple fans have been wishing for just keeps mounting.
The latest confirmation comes from Apple's flexible printed circuit board supply chain.
According to Digitimes, two companies used by Apple to produce parts for the iPhone have had orders placed for flexible printed circuit boards that can be incorporated into products with OLED displays.
The report claims that Flexium is currently developing relevant components for a next-generation iPhone 8 with a curved OLED display.
Flexium believes its technology will help it secure the majority of orders for iPhone 8 by mid-2017.
The Digitimes report claims that Flexium has posted flat revenue for the first 11 months of this year, when compared to last year due to the dwindling demand for the iPhone 7.
Apple did not significantly shake-up its iPhone formula with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The new smartphone kept the same industrial design used on the previous two iPhone models.
But that could change in 2017.
Apple looks to be pulling out all the stops for the next iPhone launch.
Leaked manufacturing documents published online this week appear to confirm Apple will bring three separate iPhone models to market in September.
It looks like Apple is planning two minor upgrades, likely dubbed iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, with a possible new red colour scheme and updated internals.
Alongside these smaller spec bumps, Apple is reportedly building a third, high-end iPhone model – codenamed Ferrari, according to the manufacturing documentation.
This new top-tier model looks set to tick-off a slew of wish list features for Apple fans.
According to the leaks, Apple iPhone 8 will boast glass panels on the front and rear of the device, with a slight curve to the borderless OLED display.
Apple is expected to drop the iconic Home Button, hiding the fingerprint sensor technology underneath the glass display instead.
Ferrari is also reported to ship with a substantial internal redesign that splits the logic board into two units connected by a flex cable.
One of these logic boards will carry the main grunt of the iPhone, like the rumoured A11 system-on-a-chip and flash storage.
Meanwhile, the communications package with the Wi-Fi and cellular components will live on a second, separate logic board.
Apple is also rumoured to relocate the SIM card tray to the bottom of the handset to make room inside the device for internal components, like current-generation iPad Pro models.
The Cupertino company is also expected to include wireless charging in the new flagship phone.
But unlike rival devices from the likes of Google, Samsung, HTC, and Huawei, which predominantly use the Qi open interface standard for inductive charging – Apple's technology sounds like a more complete solution.
Devices using the Qi standard, like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, are only capable of wireless charging over distances of up to four centimetres (1.6 inches).
According to the latest whispers from Cupertino, Apple has something much more ambitious planned.
Apple has reportedly struck a deal with wireless charging company Energous, which developed a wire-free charging solution dubbed WattUp RF capable of charging devices from up to four metres away (15-feet).
WattUp RF technology can be included in a wide variety of electronics, including smartphones, tablets, wearables, cameras, wireless keyboard, computer mice, remote controls, and more, according to the company.
As long as any of these devices are within four metres of the transmitter, the device will charge its battery – as if it was plugged into the wall socket.
The Radio Frequency (RF) system uses a similar system to wifi to deliver the safe wire-free charging solution.
Unlike the Qi charging pads used for phones like the Galaxy S7 Edge, WattUp RF will continue to charge your phone while it is in motion – as long as it never moves further than four metres away from the transmitter, of course.
According to Energous, up to 12 different receiver devices can be juggled by the system simultaneously.
So in theory, your Apple Watch, Apple Magic Keyboard and Mouse, iPhone 8 and iPad Pro could all be simultaneously charging whenever they are in the same room as a WattUp RF transmitter.
In early 2016, Energous teased it was working with a “tier one” consumer electronics company to implement the WattUp technology into consumer devices.
No further details of the partnership emerged – until now.