avatarby John CallahamMarch 8, 20170 comments

For a while, it seemed like all the rumors about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 were centering on it having a large, and curved, OLED display. Today, a new rumor from a normally reliable media outlet says that Apple may end up not putting such a screen in the phone after all. It also claims the iPhone 8 will get the official, and rather dull, “iPhone Edition” branding when it is released.

The report comes from the Japanese site Macotakara, via unnamed sources. It claims that Apple is still working on a number of prototypes for the 5.8-inch iPhone 8-iPhone Edition. The report says some of those versions do have an OLED display, while others have the more traditional LCD screen. The story also claims Apple is testing prototypes of the same phone with the normal physical Home button with Touch ID support, and others with no such button, but with displays that support fingerprint scanning, as previous rumors have claimed.

This new report seems to suggest that Apple has not made any final decisions on what will be in its upcoming 2017 iPhone flagship device. Most rumors still suggest this larger iPhone Edition will have wireless charging and a dual rear camera setup. They also still claim it will be announced alongside the 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and the 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus, the rumored successors to 2016’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Today, Macotakara claims that while all three new iPhones will likely be revealed by Apple at the same press event in September, the larger iPhone Edition may go on sale sometime later in 2017, and not at the same time as the new iPhone 7s models.

Keep in mind that while Macotakara has been correct before on its rumors, it has also missed the mark as well on some of its other predictions, so take this latest story from them with a grain of salt. Also, we are still several months away from Apple event announcing the new iPhone models, so it’s almost certain that any plans the company might have for those phones could change between now and September.