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Apple's iPhone 8 will look similar to the original iPhone

The original iPhone. (Source: iDownloadBlog)
The original iPhone. (Source: iDownloadBlog)
Industry officials claim that Apple's next iPhone will have a curved, all-glass back case. This design resembles the original iPhone, whose back case was also curved but made of aluminum. The new iPhone is expected to be larger and slimmer than the original though.

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Here's something unexpected: your next iPhone is going to look like your first iPhone. At least, that's the consensus among industry officials. These officials, according to Korean website ETNews, report that Apple has adopted a three-dimensional glass material for the iPhone 8's back case. This material gives the upcoming iPhone gentler and rounder rear edges to re-create the original iPhone's iconic "water drop" design, but larger and almost certainly thinner.

A "water drop" back case will be a first for Apple's iPhone since it switched to a flat design. Apple used the original iPhone's curved back, but made of plastic as opposed to aluminum, for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS before making the switch to a flat back with the iPhone 4. Apple has kept that general design up to last year's iPhone 7, although not without some criticism about its supposedly waning creativity. The company's unexpected return to its iPhone design roots might be its attempt at addressing that criticism; it might also be a form of homage, given that 2017 is the iPhone's 10-year anniversary.

The report shared by these officials is yet another in a long list of iPhone reports and rumors, none of which have been confirmed by Apple. Until the company officially confirms them, they should only be viewed as such, even if they make sense.

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John Garcia, 2017-03-20 (Update: 2017-03-20)
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