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Wondering what our sources are? Well, you can put down the ketchup: here's every story, rumour, leak and speculation we've spotted in the wild over the last few months.
> 21 June 2017
A collection of ten Olixar iPhone 8 cases have appeared, available for pre-order, over at MobileFun – and they confirm that the screen will be a tall, bezel-free affair (or at least that Olixar is willing to bet the bank on that being the case). We take this as the strongest evidence yet for the next iPhone having a 5.8in display that covers almost the entire face of the device.
> 15 June 2017
Nikkei reports that the iPhone 8 will be fully waterproof (a step above the iPhone 7's IP67 water resistance) and will feature built-in wireless charging capabilities. The rumour comes from a Taiwan-based Apple manufacturing partner, Wistron.
> 26 May 2017
Chinese-language site Economic Daily News (via Digitimes) claims the iPhone 8 definitely won't have a home button, instead integrating its Touch ID sensor into the screen. It also claims the camera will use infrared image sensors, and that the screen ratio will be an ultra-wide 18.5:9, much like the Samsung Galaxy S8's
> 19 April 2017
According to Japanese language tech site Mac Otakara, Apple is now in the finalising stages of designing the anniversary iPhone, which might be called the 'iPhone Edition'. This is the last point where features can be ditched or saved in time for launch, and where design, materials and dimensions will be set in stone.
> 15 March 2017
Parts supplier TPK Holding has revealed (via 9to5Mac) the cost of each AMOLED screen being used for the upcoming anniversary edition phone - and it's more than Apple currently pays for its LCD displays. Rather than paying £6 per screen for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone 8's screen will cost twice the price. That will almost definitely mean a price bump for customers once the phone arrives. Expect the next iPhone to be seriously expensive.
> 17 February 2017
9to5Mac reports that KGI research analyst (and source of accurate leaks in the past) Ming-Chi Kuo has the latest info on the next iPhone's screen. Apparently it'll use a 5.8in OLED display, but with significantly slimmer bezels than previous phones. That means it can squeeze a much bigger display into a phone the same size as the current iPhone 7.
The actual display area will be around 5.15in, because the bottom part of the screen will be dedicated to a "function area", that replaces the physical home button with an interactive control panel - a lot like the current MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.
> 8 December 2016
> 8 December 2016
SlashGear reports that the 2017 iPhones may, in fact, be the 7s and 7s Plus, according to Apple's Taiwanese suppliers. It suggests that the only significant detail to change on next year's models will be the processor, whilst the raft of major upgrades for the iPhone 8 will be delayed until 2018.
> 7 December 2016
Bloomberg reports that Foxconn - long-time assembler of Apple products - has confirmed plans for investment and expansion in the US.
> 28 November 2016
The Wall Street Journal publishes a story claiming that Apple is working on as many as 10 prototypes for its next handset. The biggest revelation? That at least one of the pre-production models carries a curved screen.
The story also claims that Apple's suppliers have been tasked with producing more OLED displays and screens with higher resolutions than those of arch rival Samsung.
> 23 November 2016
The New York Times publishes a transcript of a phone conversation with Donald Trump, in which he suggests he might persuade Apple to move production of future products - apparently including the iPhone 8 - to factories in the United States.
> 26 October 2016
Nikkei Asian Review publishes another article, this time suggesting that three iPhone models will be launched in 2017: a 4.7in device, a 5in device and 5.5in device. What's more, the story builds on rumours that the new iPhones wil carry backs made of glass, manufactured by a Chinese company, in a move away from the present metal shells.
> 11 October 2016
A second United States Patent surfaces detailing an Apple patent for a "display-integrated light sensor" that "can be implemented as an ambient light sensor or a proximity sensor".
> 4 October 2016
United States Patent is granted to Apple for "a capacitive fingerprint sensor" that's "formed within the dielectric structure."
> 28 September 2016
Trusted Reviews publishes a story exploring the possibility that Apple will implement an in-screen fingerprint scanner on the all-glass iPhone 8. The suggestion is based on tech already in use by Chinese mobile maker Xiaomi, with the implication that Apple might utilise an ultrasonic scanner, without a home button or indent.
> 12 September 2016
9to5Mac quotes statements by industry insider Ming-Chi Kuo that iPhone 7 Plus' dual-camera tech will remain exclusive to Apple's premium iPhone models, citing a need to keep costs down and retain an incentive for buyers to opt for the more expensive Plus.
> 09 August 2016
Patently Apple reports that Apple has been granted a patent for a curved display, with plans suggesting the presence of displays of some sort on the phone's edge.
> 20 May 2016
Nikkei Asian Review shares a story detailing claims by Allen Horng, chairman and chief exec of Catcher Technology (a supplier to Apple), that one iPhone model next year will adopt a glass casing - though it will reportedly still have a metal frame surround.
> 23 April 2016
Storm.mg suggests the iPhone 7 might scrap the home button altogether, in favour of an inductive design.
> 17 April 2016
MacRumours picks up a report by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggesting that Apple's 2017 devices will ditch their present aluminium casings in favour of something new - most likely glass. Why? Kuo suggests it's in order to "enhance the competitiveness" of the iPhone in a market dominated by metal-skinned smartphones.
Kuo further suggests that lightweight AMOLED displays may be implemented on the next generation Apple mobiles, in part to compensate for the heavier glass components.
> 28 January 2016
Bloomberg reports that Apple is developing wireless charging for its iPhones and that the cable-free tech could be seen on its smartphones as soon as 2017. According to the story, Apple is researching technologies to allow phones to charge at further distances than those offered by charging mats at the moment.