Apple's iPhone 8 Said to Feature 'Water Drop Design' in Homage to Original iPhone

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's upcoming 2017 iPhone will feature a design that's similar to the original iPhone, according to industry analysts who spoke to Korean site ETNews [Google Translate].

    The site says the iPhone will use a "water drop design" that's an homage to the original iPhone, with a rear curve that is both gentler and rounder than existing metal case edges.

    Apple is said to be using a three-dimensional glass material on the back of the iPhone 8 to make it more closely resemble the deeper curves on the case of the original iPhone. It would, of course, be much larger than the first iPhone, with rumors suggesting a 5.8-inch display, and it would undoubtedly be much thinner.


    The "3D glass case" is said to "make curves" around the top, bottom, left, and right edges of the iPhone, moving away from the less curved, flat back design that was introduced with the iPhone 4 and has been used in every iPhone up to the iPhone 7.

    Apple used a curved aluminum and plastic design for the original iPhone and plastic alone for the iPhone 3G. Shape wise, the iPhone 8 is said to resemble the first iPhone, but it will use all glass, similar in design to the plastic used in the second iPhone.

    While an original iPhone-style curved back is rumored to be included, ETNews agrees with existing display information and suggests the OLED screen of the iPhone 8 will be "relatively flat." It will not feature a dramatically curved edge like the Samsung Galaxy line.

    There have been several mixed rumors about the curve of the iPhone 8's display due to difficulty interpreting details about what constitutes a curve, but information seems to be aggregating around a 2.5D design that features a similar curve to the existing iPhone 7. We expect the display, which is said to be edge-to-edge with no side bezels, to curve just slightly downward at the edges much like the cover glass of the iPhone 7.

    Little has been said about the rear design of the 2017 iPhone, so there is no information to back up the claims shared by ETNews as of yet. Rumors do, however, suggest that it will indeed use an all-glass body, with Apple planning to move away from aluminum.

    There has also been speculation that the 2017 iPhone will be celebrated and introduced as a 10th anniversary device, and in that light, an homage to the original iPhone makes some sense, but these design rumors should be viewed with some skepticism until confirmed by additional sources.

    Article Link: Apple's iPhone 8 Said to Feature 'Water Drop Design' in Homage to Original iPhone
  2. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2008
  3. Appleaker macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2016
    I wonder how much they're going to reference the original iPhone in the Edition given that they don't like looking back.... although I suppose the whole idea of a 10th anniversary iPhone model kind of contradicts that.
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors 604


    Nov 23, 2011
    Ah, the water drop design rumours again. That takes me back.

    Anybody remember those same rumours for the iPhone 4S?
  5. AbSoluTc macrumors 68040


    Sep 21, 2008
    In other news... let's throw everything at the wall and see what sticks!

    Gotta love rumors. Doesn't matter what you say, something will be true! :)
  6. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Is there some two-dimensional glass out there? four-dimensional? Pet peeve: marketing speak shouldn't be used to technically describe a product.

    A shape that hearkens back to the OG iPhone... I can dig it.
  7. Getafe macrumors member


    Feb 17, 2011
    Lynchburg, VA
    The retro look? I do not think so. Just looks like they are guessing everything.... still. I don't think many people know yet what is in store for this iPhone 8 (Or whatever it's gonna be called, see, we hardly even know that haha). Waiting for the leaked parts to start come out. In the mean time I am taking any rumor with a pinch of salt. Interesting reading though!
  8. sundog925 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 19, 2011
  9. myrtlebee macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2011
    Baltimore-Washington Metro Area
    I fail to see how that design is at all reminiscent of a water drop.
  10. Goatllama macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2015
    Mountaintop Lair
    Gotta say, that old phone is quite beautiful looking. An homage would be very appropriate, not to mention it would be interesting to see how they might mix the original with their current design trend. Hopefully would produce a artful hybrid and not an abomination.
  11. flyinmac macrumors 68040


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States
    I predict that it will resemble an iPhone and run iOS 10.3 or later. :cool:
  12. lavem macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2005
    A physical product with three dimensions. Who would have thunk it!?
  13. honeycombz macrumors 6502


    Jul 6, 2013
    Does this mean they are going to make the next Mac Pros resemble the 5,1?
  14. iapplelove macrumors 68040


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
  15. profets macrumors 68040

    Mar 18, 2009
    Umm, it sounds like they're describing the 6/6s/7.
  16. GrumpyMom Suspended


    Sep 11, 2014
    Nah, I'm not that old. ;)
  17. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
  18. ILuvEggplant Suspended


    Jul 28, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA
    As Johnny would say an unapologetic water drop shape shaped like this

  19. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    Well....I really hope this doesn't actually happen.

    We want a brand new design not a rehashed earlier design.
  20. emdub macrumors newbie


    Mar 23, 2005
    Sintra, Portugal
    Make it the exact same size and weight as the original one but with top of the range specs and I'll buy it. Hate all phones above 4".
  21. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    My favorite iPhone to hold in my hands was the 3GS. It just fit! Hated giving that phone up.
  22. Mouse man Suspended

    Mouse man

    Mar 9, 2017
    You have to love this time of year. Rumor after rumor afte me rumor. Hell this phone isn't coming out for at least another 6 months. Lol
  23. jmgregory1 macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    Chicago and a few other places around the world
    Picture a water drop, not in air, but flat on a hard surface. Water bead might be a better way to describe it.
  24. rtr1985 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2012
    Hopefully they don't fragment the iPhone further with "S" updated models and the "iPhone 8" on top of that.
  25. EdT macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2007
    Omaha, NE
    "it would undoubtedly be much thinner".

    Thank God, I was afraid that they might make it thicker.

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