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‘iPhone Edition’ to feature Apple Watch-influenced stainless steel casing

Apple’s next-generation iPhone is to take influence from its smartwatch cousin by employing a stainless steel-style casing, if the most recent reports are to be believed.

The Japanese website Mac Otakara, citing unnamed sources, says the new iPhone will use a similar, but improved casing design similar to the Apple Watch’s stainless steel model. It will sit between two glass panels, which tracks to previous reports.

The site also agrees with other reports that the device will be called the iPhone Edition. This lends more support to the Apple Watch design rumor as the special gold model of the Apple Watch was suffixed with the ‘Edition’ name as well.

The report includes some concept images of what the new device might look like

The report includes some concept images of what the new device might look like

Elsewhere, the report says that a dual camera will now sit horizontally rather than vertically, as featured on the iPhone 7 Plus. This has also been previously suggested, but Mac Otakara provides more context saying this camera position will support VR and AR features.

The iPhone 8 – as it’s often been referred to – is expected to feature an edge-to-edge OLED display, TouchID integrated into the screen (if time and other constraints allow,) wireless charging, and potentially some AR capabilities.

It’s also expected that Apple will launch an iPhone 7s and 7s Plus – more powerful than its predecessors, with wireless charging, but largely keeping the same design as previous editions.