Apple employees in Israel seemingly confirm 2017 iPhone will be called iPhone 8

By , Sep 28, 2016

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Apple is quietly developing the next iPhone hardware in Herzliya, Israel, and a local employee who solders components for Apple has allegedly confirmed to Business Insider that the tenth anniversary Apple handset will be marketed as ‘iPhone 8’, not ‘iPhone 7s’. The source added that the forthcoming phone will be “different” to the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7, have a better camera and sport a radical redesign.

“The worker used the term ‘iPhone 8’ unprompted in our conversation,” reads the article. The source added that employees in Israel work on all of Apple’s new products.

Here’s an interesting excerpt from the report:

The employee was informed at the start of the conversation that they were talking to a journalist. When asked what Apple uses the Herzliya facility for, the source (who only spoke in broken English), said: “New products.” They added that Apple doesn’t actually assemble products in Israel.

A second Apple employee that Business Insider spoke to in Herzliya said they “couldn’t talk” about what Apple does in Herzliya, while an employee from networking giant Cisco, which also has an office in the area, said: “I have three friends that work there. They work on the hardware side. Verifications. Something like that.”

Apple employs about 800 people at the Herzliya office, which is situated approximately 15 kilometers north of Tel Aviv city centre. Another Apple office in Haifa is home to approximately 200 employees.

The Herzliya facility was set up nearly five years ago after Apple acquired Israeli flash memory designer Anobit and 3D sensor developer PrimeSense.

Apple also bought Israeli imaging firm LinX whose technology is suspected to power the iSight Duo camera on the iPhone 7 Plus.

Prior rumors have hinted at the iPhone 8 having an edge-to-edge display based on power-sipping OLED display technology that would remove the top and bottom bezels, letting Apple engineers create a 5.5-inch handset that’s smaller in your hand than the current Plus models.

The Home button along with the Touch ID sensor and the front-facing camera are said to be put behind the screen. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the device will drop the aluminum casing in favor of an all-glass enclosure similar to that used in the iPhone 4/4s series.

Source: Business Insider

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  • Virus

    Nice would love a redesign with the 8, the iPhone 7 was a lazy port

    • :|Alain|:

      A redesign is definitely welcome, if it is beautiful and not like that picture above

    • Lazy even though it was entirely reworked from the inside out.. even if they had squared the side or gave us more chamfered edges it would have a redesign but still be the same experience.. people need to stop complaining about how things look on the outside lol..

      • igorsky

        So true. People are so stupid that if Apple completely redesigned the outside and left the innards the same, they’d be happy.

      • Jon20

        I do feel that their innovation for the exterior look of the iPhone is slowing down. But I guess there is so much you can do with a rectangular object. The only way they can make it extremely different is if they made it look like Tony Starks phone in Iron Man, but I don’t see that coming for years.

      • Is it slowing down or not needed yet. You don’t work years to get a design right just replace it every year. Look how long we had the wheel and how long it stayed the same.. the compounds and treads change and thats whats really important, like the inards of the devices. A three year cycle is fine..

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  • Rodney Coleman

    It’ll be the 7s I’m sure

    • Pi Xo

      Well duh

  • Martynet

    I can’t wait. I think we all knew that iPhone 7 is basically an iPhone 6ss 🙂
    10 year anniversary iPhone will be a game changer… fingerprint sensor in display, no buttons or connectors at all. Maybe one, smart connector like iPad PRO has and that’s it. No volume or silent buttons and no lightning port 🙂 You’ll get a FREE bluetooth dongle for you wired headphones 🙂

    • jOn Garrett

      Fingerprint scanner in the display is already available and no button controls sounds like HTC Ocean.

  • burge

    Only a select few might know the name of the next device and they will be in Cupertino not Israel. And I’m sorry but Apple at preset call the next device by a code name so anyone not on the list privy to this information will not know the name the next device.

    • Christopher P. Todd

      This is correct! Only a select few in Cupertino actually know for sure. The rest of us can speculate and this includes Israeli employees.

      In addition, it would be lovely to see a redesign but I have to say that I am a big fan of the current look. I know I will get more than a few “You have no taste!” replies but I find the current design elegant.

      • The current design is fine i just want the camera bump to go away lol

      • jOn Garrett

        Why? How much time do you spend looking at the back of your phone?

      • The same amount if time people look at the outside of there device instead of using it… I only want it so it can sit flat on a flat surface.

      • Fanboy 

        Camera bump is ugly except for on the iPhone 7 Plus. I think the dual camera looks amazing with it. I love it. Especially in Jet Black.

      • It was one solid piece any imagine how much more power we couldve gotting with the thicker battery. Or maybe some even louder speakers.. it would’ve been heavier unfortunately.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Dat picture looks sick!

  • Mike M. Powell

    It’s gonna b called iPhone SJ (Steve jobs) calling it now I’m a fortune teller

  • Skipped the 7 this year; holding off for the 8. Keep wondering what the iPhone 27 will be like…

  • What

    They always say this but its never true.

  • AMB_07

    Yeah sure i’ll believe some random israeli employee had this kind of sensitive info shared by Cupertino. He most likely has some low level hardware development job how in the world would he be in the loop about marketing?

  • Bill

    Great. The Israelis will put a backdoor in the hardware just like what happened with the PLCs used in the Stuxnet operation.

    Wherever Israelis are involved, there be shady stuff going on. THAT’S A FACT, JACK.

  • Stephen Hedger

    I got a refund for my i7 jet black 256gb and went back to my i6. Totally disappointed but I guess it was to be expected as Apple is saving everything for the anniversary iPhone and felt happy to charge me £800 for an iPhone 6SS

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  • DBad

    I think we should see the quad cam on the plus and the dual on the regular.

    Oled display.

    Smaller overall size.

    Better resolution, but not by far.

    The newer button.

    Dual iSight on the front.

    It is not that hard Apple, stop playing games.

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