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As the rumor mill heats up over what will be in Apple's next iPhone, it's good to have a strategy for making sense of the predictions. For me, that's focusing on consistency within all the speculation.

In that vein, a new TrendForce report supports a lot of what was already suspected:

  • Expect three basic models: A standard one, a larger-screen one, and a high-end model making use of a different type of screen, known as AMOLED. While Apple may act like such things have never existed when the new iPhone emerges, many high-end Android phones already use such displays, including Google's Pixel and Samsung's Galaxy S7. One advantage of this type of display is a faster screen refresh, making it better suited to virtual reality.
  • The home button is going away. With the standard version, Apple has already replaced the home button's physical click with a simulated one. In the AMOLED version of the next iPhone, there may not be an actual home button at all. Instead, it may have a longer screen with a function area that can act as home button and more. Think of the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar, brought to the iPhone.
  • Don't get too excited. There are always rumors about the iPhone heading toward production and it always tends to come around the same time of year.

Meanwhile, here's how TrendForce sees the next iPhone lineup shaping up:

TrendForce

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Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Nevada's Public Employees' Benefit Program Board voted Thursday to charge workers enrolled in public employee health insurance plans a surcharge of up to $55 a month if they're not vaccinated against COVID-19, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Why it matters: Nevada is the first state to announce such a move, per AP.

Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin testifies before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Getty Images

The state of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration on Thursday in an attempt to block the enforcement of its vaccine mandate for federal employees.

Why it matters: The move comes one day after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin denied Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's (R) request to exempt the state's National Guard from the mandate.

Congress passes stopgap funding bill to avert shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Senate voted 69-28 to pass legislation Thursday night to fund the government until February 18.

Why it matters: The move staves off a government shutdown but lawmakers still have a busy month ahead: Congress needs to work out a deal to raise the debt ceiling in a few weeks and Democrats are trying to pass their behemoth social spending bill.