This rumored iPhone 8 feature could be a game changer

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The world is eagerly awaiting the iPhone 7 release, but that's not stopping speculation on the iPhone 8, which is slated to arrive in 2017. Apple is expected to unveil a few nifty features on this year's device — a dual-lens camera and Lightning audio port, to name a few — but aesthetically, the iPhone 7 is said to strongly resemble last year's generation. That could all change with the iPhone 8, however.

According to a new Bloomberg report, "Apple is already at work on a major redesign of the iPhone for 2017 that focuses more heavily on the display by removing the home button." We've heard this rumor for several months now, though some predicted Apple would eliminate the feature in time for the iPhone 7. Now the consensus is consumers will have to wait another year.

iPhone with a home buttonSource: Eugene Hoshiko/AP
iPhone with a home button  Eugene Hoshiko/AP

Additional reports indicate Apple could introduce a curved screen akin to Samsung's latest offerings, the Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy Note 7. If true, the redesign almost certainly wouldn't arrive until the iPhone 8, as well.

Both of these innovations remain unconfirmed and likely will remain so for some time if Apple does not implement them into the iPhone 7. We should have a better idea of Apple's plans once this year's model is unveiled, which is widely expected to happen on Sept. 7. Mic will keep you updated.