And so the iPhone 8 speculation rumours begin…

It´s only been a matter of weeks since Apple launched the iPhone 7 range, however, the keen bean tech heads rumour mill has already started started up again with regards to what might be featured in the upcoming model releases.

Japanese news outlet, Nikkei, reports that the California-based tech giant is preparing to roll out 3 models of its next-generation handset in 2017, all of which will feature glass-backed bodies. In keeping with existing rumours, Apple is expected to release a 4.7 inch, 5 inch & 5.5 inch model of the upcoming handset respectively.

Nikkei further hinted that one of the three new models will feature an edge-to-edge OLED screen display, with the remaining two models sporting the standard LCD display. Nikkei reported: ¨Apple has tentatively decided that all the 5.5-inch, 5-inch and 4.7-inch models will have glass backs, departing from metal casings adopted by current iPhones, and Biel and Lens are likely to be providing all the glass backs for the new iPhones next year.¨

Back of the Apple iPhone 7

Apple´s new iPhone 8 line will most likely be manufactured by Chinese firms Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology; however, the glass front and back casings will likely be held together with an aluminium frame, manufactured by Foxconn. Foxconn previously held the contract to supply the glass for all Apple products, however, it is now widely accepted that their Chinese rivals Biel & Lens have the technological advantage.

While we all have to wait until next year for the exact specs of the new iPhone range, Apple are holding an event today in order to properly launch their new MacBook model. Our pals over at The Next Web have put together a handy how-to guide on how to tune into the livestream here.