iPhone 8 Photo 'Leak' Hints at Major Update

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The iPhone 8 may feature a vertical dual camera. Benjamin Geskin

Apple is widely rumored to be working on a major overhaul of the iPhone, on the 10nth anniversary of its introduction into the marketplace. New photos purportedly showing the upcoming iPhone 8 appear to support this speculation.

Serial leaker Benjamin Geskin released photos on Twitter of an all-screen device with a vertical dual camera, claiming it is a dummy model provided by a source with connections at Apple supplier Foxconn.

If legitimate, the photos support several features that analysts predict will appear on the iPhone 8, including a hidden home button and a curved glass front and back.

Reports last month suggested the form of Apple's next iPhone will favor "gentler" curves than the rival Galaxy S-series devices produced by Samsung.

A patent filed by Apple in February prompted speculation that the iPhone 8 will feature an edge-to-edge screen that allows front-facing speakers, cameras and other hardware to be placed below a glass cover in an inactive part of the display.

The all-screen smartphone would also ditch the home button that features on previous devices, instead incorporating it into the screen.

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An iPhone X concept created by the designer Gabor Balogh imagines a display that runs off the edges, creating the largest viewing area possible for the screen. Gabor Balogh

Separate reports suggest Apple's iPhone 8 could be delayed by up to two months due to manufacturing complications with the edge-to-edge screen.

Apple's metronomic launch schedule points to a September unveiling, though KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said on Monday that mass-production of the OLED iPhone will be pushed back until October or November.

Apple will be hoping its next iPhone, expected to be unveiled in September, will stem declining device sales. The Cupertino-based company reported its first-ever decline in iPhone sales in 2016, with CEO Tim Cook citing the slowing pace of smartphone upgrades as a reason for the slump.

Apple does not comment on rumors or speculation surrounding unreleased products.