Apple's new screen will follow the lead of other smartphones, like the LG G Flex phone seen above. Apple's new screen will follow the lead of other smartphones, like the LG G Flex phone seen above. Apple's new screen will follow the lead of other smartphones, like the LG G Flex phone seen above. (Photo: David Becker / Getty Images)

Your new iPhone 8 will have a bendable screen

An 'enhanced Siri' that gets smarter over time is also on the drawing board.

Back when the iPhone 6 first came out, they were so remarkably thin that people were accidentally bending – and breaking – their new gadgets. In the future, that might not be a problem.

News from the tech world is that a Japanese company that supplies Apple with parts is creating a flexible liquid crystal display screen. In addition to looking like something out of a science fiction movie, experts believe a flexible screen will decrease impact damage when phones are dropped on the floor. Some expect Apple to release this special model towards the end of 2017 in time for holiday sales, with a whopping $1,000 price tag.

Another development announced recently is that Apple is planning on creating an "enhanced Siri" which utilizes artificial intelligence to become smarter over time. For example, it could learn to predict words you plan on using in emails and texts, as well as find faces of your friends in photos. Some tech bloggers are calling it the smartest Siri yet. Additionally, Apple will open Siri to third parties so developers can embed this smarter Siri into their apps.

The new Gav-Yam O2 office building in Herzliya, home to Apple's Israel's R&D operations.The new Gav-Yam O2 office building in Israel, home to Apple's Israel's R&D operations. (Photo: Courtesy PBC)

Other potential enhancements to the new model include ditching the "Home" button, adding a USB slot and adding technology that allows you to unlock the phone by taking a selfie.

Building the new iPhone has become an international affair. Employees at Apple's California headquarters are coming up with new features for the phone. Engineers at Apple's R&D lab in Israel, at 180,000-square-feet the company's largest outside the U.S., are working on new camera lenses and other developments. Australian scientists are working on the enhanced Siri functionalities. And the bendable screens are coming from Japan.

If previous years are any indicator, a new iPhone should be unveiled around September. This year's model is expected to be special, as it will mark the iPhone's 10th anniversary since it first debuted in 2007.

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