“In line with previous reports, The Wall Street Journal today said Apple’s rumored iPhone 8 will feature a curved OLED display supplied by Samsung,” Tim Hardwick reports for MacRumors. “Tuesday’s report corroborates previous claims from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo that Apple will release three devices this year: Two ‘S’ cycle iPhones with LCD displays to succeed the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well as a special ’10th Anniversary Edition’ iPhone 8.”

Hardwick reports, “According to WSJ’s anonymous sources, Apple will drop the traditional home button on the iPhone 8 in favor of a distinct touch-enabled area on the chin of the handset, also corroborating Ming-Chi Kuo’s claims of a ‘function area’ below the new iPhone’s main display.”

“Additionally, in a new claim likely to cause much debate, the paper reports that Apple will replace the Lightning connector with a USB-C port,” Hardwick reports. “Indeed, all of the next iPhones are said to feature a ‘USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company’s original Lightning connector.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: With Macs going USB-C, such a change makes perfect sense, but think of this as Apple keeping Lightning on the iPhone itself (and compatibility with a growing number of Lightning headphones) and simply changing the iPhone’s included Lightning to USB Cable and USB Power Adapter from the antiquated USB-A connector to USB-C.

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