According to a report on Business Insider, some of the hardware for the next iPhone is now being developed at Herzliya, Israel, as per a statement by a local Apple employee.
In the launching of iPhone 7 during the Apple Event in September, the tech giant company revealed that the high-gloss Jet Black finish is obtained through a nine-step precision of anodization and polishing process as reported by Mac Rumors. We have to wait for other leaks to know more about iPhone 8.
It could be that with Apple celebrating the 10th birthday of the iPhone next year, they don't want the iPhone to be only a small upgrade from the current iPhone.
Apple has increased its part and component orders for the iPhone 7 series this year, with orders for the fourth quarter said to be between 20 and 30 percent higher than expected (via DigiTimes).
Apple had launched the iPhone 7 model in the beginning of this month, with a considerable noise around it.
If you buy an iPhone today, the back of it says "Designed by Apple in California". The employee also confirmed that the iPhone 8 will be vastly different from the two previous mobile devices. They added that Apple doesn't actually assemble products in Israel. "Verifications. Something like that".
The next-gen iPhone is reportedly being manufactured in Israel, according to an unnamed employee. The office was established after Apple acquired two Israeli startups focused on flash memory and 3D sensors. "While employees in Herzliya may be referring to the next generation iPhone as the 'iPhone 8", the facility is not involved with branding or marketing of Apple's products. Tim Cook also claims that the facility is the second-largest research and development facility that is maintained by Apple.
The Cupertino-headquartered firm also has an office in Haifa, which is in the north of Israel and home to approximately 200 employees.
Despite revelations, an apple spokesperson said the company does not comment on grounds of speculation.