The release of a new iPhone is always preceded by a frenzy of speculation, as consumers, bloggers and industry prognosticators attempt to second-guess Apple's plans for the next iteration of its all-conquering smartphone.
One of the latest rumours doing the rounds is that the next big addition to the company's flagship product range, the iPhone 8, will be available with a distinctive mirror-like finish.
Citing a source inside the tech giant, regular Apple leaker Benjamin Geskin tweeted that the new iPhone will come in four colours, with the reflective style as one option. The others are expected to be white, black and rose gold.
Tech Radar reported that this is something of a surprise, with earlier rumours suggesting that the iPhone 8 would be available in up to six colours, possibly including red, gold and grey.
The new product – which is also known as the iPhone X because it marks ten years since the launch of Apple's wildly successful smartphone – is due to be introduced later this year, as are the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus.
There has been plenty of discussion about the defining characteristics of the iPhone 8, which could include a bezel-free display, a vertically aligned dual-lens camera and a curved screen.
It has also been rumoured that the phone will replace Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor with 3D face scanning technology, while an OLED display, augmented reality features and wireless charging could further improve the user experience.
According to a report in the Nikkei Asian Review, Apple is currently working on OLED screens for all new iPhone models launched from the second half of 2018 onwards.
A source reportedly claimed that the company has tentative plans to release three new models next year, but this hasn't been officially confirmed.