The iPhone 7 has been on the store shelves a matter of days but speculation is already starting to emerge as to what its successor will be like.
An Apple employee told Business Insider that the computer manufacturing giant is using an office in Israel to develop hardware for the iPhone 8.
The device is expected to be released a little under a year from now and could be a radical redesign of the core iPhone concept for the device's tenth anniversary.
Perhaps understandably, given the nascent nature of iPhone 8 development, details regarding the handset are scarce.
Nonetheless, information and speculation is already starting to trickle out, including a report from MacRumors that suggests it will have an edge-to-edge display that removes the need for the top and bottom bezels.
These bezels are where key features on recent models such as the fingerprint sensor and the front-facing camera are situated.
An Apple employee based in Herzliya said some of the hardware for the iPhone 8 is being designed in the Israeli city, adding that employees based in the country work on all of Apple's new products.
The identity of the member of staff – who solders components for the company – was not revealed, but they told Business Insider that the iPhone 8 would be very different from the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7, both of which came under criticism from some quarters for being too similar to their predecessors.
Indeed, some commentators have noticed an industry-wide trend of new product launches being more akin to incremental upgrades, rather than radical overhauls that defined the early days of the smartphone industry.
The worker used the term iPhone 8 unprompted in conversation, which could mean that he is referring to a version of the device set for release in 2018, rather than next year. Previous release patterns would appear to suggest the 2017 iPhone will be referred to as the iPhone 7s.
Apple has a two-year development cycle for new iPhones, with the S-series models intended as incremental upgrades to the major numbered releases.
However, some believe that because the iPhone 7 has also been seen as an incremental upgrade, the phone released in 2017 will be a more significant design overhaul.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a reliable source of Apple leaks, recently claimed that a glass design might be in the works. A report he made 9to5Mac indicated that the company could well be returning to a glass and metal design reminiscent of the iPhone 4 and 4s.