While it's been just over two months since the newest iPhone models were released, people have already started speculating on the features the next-generation iPhone would sport. Before we start talking about the latest set of rumors pertaining to the next-generation iPhone models, we need to talk about the naming scheme that Apple is likely to follow for these phones. If we are to go by Apple's history, it is quite likely that next year's iPhone models would be christened the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus (and not the iPhone 7S or the iPhone 7S Plus). One major reason for moving away from the 7 series moniker would be to imply that the next-generation iPhone would be a massive upgrade over the existing models, and not just an incremental upgrade.
Two major things that point towards this major upgrade?
According to a report by The Next Web, Barclays Research analysts Blayne Curtis, Christopher Hemmelgarn, Thomas O'Malley, and Jerry Zhang have indicated that the iPhone 8 would sport a bezel-less design that would be a complete departure from the existing design language of the device. The iPhone 8 series would be the same size as the existing models -- but thanks to the bezel-less design, the phones could feature larger displays. In fact, they predict that the iPhone 8 would get a 5-inch display while the iPhone 8 Plus could likely get a 5.8-inch panel. Both the devices are also expected to sport a curved body.
An excerpt from a research note released by the analysts read,
"iPhone 8 design didn't sound 100% locked down but we believe the move is to a bezel-less design with screen sizes getting larger and curved edges in the original envelope. The IP8 moves to 5″ (from 4.7″) and the Plus moves to 5.8″ (from 5.5″)."