What Does Galaxy S8 Mean for Apple’s Next iPhone Release?

Beyond offering a way for Samsung to move forward after its Note 7 debacle, the new Galaxy S8 smartphones could also raise the stakes for Apple's next iPhone, presumptuously being referred to in the press as the 'iPhone 8.'

Likely to hit the market this coming September, as most major Apple phone releases do, the 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone is rumored to be pricier that past generations -- possibly starting in the neighborhood of $1,000. It's also believed the next iPhone will have many of the same new design features as Samsung's S8 models.

Samsung yesterday revealed that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will feature an almost bezel-free, curved-edge "Infinity Display," along with a fingerprint sensor that's been moved to the back of the phone. The traditional physical home button has also been removed from the front face of the new Samsung phones in favor of a screen-integrated, pressure-sensitive control area.

According to various leaks that have dribbled out for nearly a year, all of those features are also expected to arrive with the next big iPhone release.

iPhone 8 'Sea of Rumors'

On Tuesday, March 28, the Apple-focused news site 'iDrop News' reported that final-stage design documents seen by a "source with intimate knowledge of Apple's manufacturing facility" show a phone design with the Touch ID fingerprint scanner relocated to the back of the device. The images also reveal a phone with a "slightly curved 2.5D OLED edge-to-edge display" with reduced-size bezels on the top and bottom.

Apple fan site '9 to 5 Mac' questioned the accuracy of the reported leak, but noted some of the details appear to provide a more realistic forecast "in a sea of rumors about the iPhone 8 that sometimes seem too good to be true."

According to JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall,...

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