Apple only just launched its iPhone 7 a few months ago, but many eyes are already turning to next year’s model, the iPhone 8, which is expected to be Apple’s biggest launch in years so if you’re anticipating the usual annual upgrades to the iPhone there might be a big surprise in store. Too awesome to be called simply ‘7s’ the upcoming iPhone 8 or iPhone Edition could be the ‘revolutionary’ iPhone we’ve all been waiting for.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone,
“A few years later in 2007, Apple Inc. has launched a smartphone called “iPhone” which is their first generation mobile phone with 2G network availability. From then this is 2017, and it’s going to the 10th anniversary of Apple iPhones. We have seen much innovation in mobile technology in the meantime. Now we have 4G LTE and further moving up to next level. The technology has gone beyond what we can think in 2007”.
However, the iPhone isn’t the only thing at Apple celebrating 10 years in 2017 – the company’s partnership with AIDs charity (RED) is also hitting double digits. To celebrate, Apple in March 2017 announced a brand-new red version of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and if the color proves to be a hit we could also see the hue added to Apple’s line-up for the iPhone 8.
Release date (Expected)
Assuming the annual announcement tradition continues, the iPhone 8 release date will be in September 2017. However, the word on the web is that production delays with the anticipated glass OLED screen could put this back to November. If you believe the latest rumours, there might not see an iPhone 8 in 2017 at all. According to analysts at Deutsche Bank that is likely to be the case, reporting that “several supply chain reports have suggested that key component shortages and technical challenges could delay the release of a high-end iPhone 8 device this fall”.
It’s also been suggested that the iPhone 8 could launch as planned in September, but with serious supply and demand issues. That could be a good thing, though, as it could mean that the components Apple is trying to manufacture or source between now and September are unlike anything we’ve seen before.
Apple iPhone 8 Expected Features
1. 5.5-6 inch Super OLED Display
2. Primary Camera : 14 MP
3. Secondary (Front) Camera : 4 MP
4. Internal Memory: 32/64/128/256 GB
5. RAM: 4 GB
6. Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Price of iPhone 8 would be little higher and the price of the device. Apple iphone 8 price would be around 1199 $ to 1599$. The price is pretty high and hard to afford. So we can’t say something officially about the price now. We will have to wait for the company to say!
Updates and Coming Rumors
• Glass Body with a little Metal Frame: It is to be considered that Apple is appealingly trying to make a whole glass frame for iPhone which is unbreakable and is more powerful that Android’s Gorilla Glass.
• Touch ID is to change the frame to eliminate the Home Button and make it full of screen complete display.
Apple is allegedly planning a major design overhaul for the iPhone 8. The company is said to be working on an all-glass version of its iconic iPhone , for release in 2017. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a track record of leaking accurate information on Apple products, published a report in May claiming the American tech firm will completely redesign the iPhone in 2017. Instead of the aluminium casing used in the iPhone 7 , Apple will move to an all-glass enclosure.
This wouldn’t be the first time Apple has used glass in its iPhones. The iPhone 4 and 4s had glass front and back panels, with a stainless steel band sandwiched between the two. However, these phones were plagued by durability issues, with many customers claiming their phones cracked too easily when dropped.
Kuo noted that some investors are concerned that glass casing would be too heavy or fail a drop test, but said he believes that a return to glass casing will not be problematic for Apple.
“A glass casing may be slightly heavier than an aluminum one of the same thickness, but the difference is so small that the use of the thinner and lighter AMOLED panel will compensate for that.”
Curved OLED display
At least one of the iPhone 8 prototypes is said to feature a new cutting-edge curved OLED display with practically no bezels – similar to that used on Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge. Although there is no functional reason to have a curved screen, Samsung has been seeing significantly higher sales of the curved versions of its Galaxy smartphones. In March 2016, Nikkei reported that Apple was planning to ditch LCD displays in favour of OLED screens, with the first OLED iPhone arriving in 2017. Then in April 2017, DigiTimes reported that Apple had signed a two-year deal with Samsung to supply the OLED panels.
The deal, which is rumoured to be worth $9 billion, will see Samsung shipping 70-92 million OLED panels to Apple this year, representing 30% of all iPhone devices expected to be sold in 2017. OLED displays are superior to the LCD panels currently used in Apple’s iPhones because, rather than requiring a backlight, an OLED-based screen lights up individual pixels when necessary. End of the Home button. Rumours have been swirling for some time that Apple is planning to get rid of the traditional physical Home button and replace it with a touch-sensitive digital button. This was originally rumoured for the iPhone 7, but it’s now looking more likely that it will be one of the major changes coming with the iPhone 8.
A Chinese website called Storm reports that the virtual home button will have the same haptic feedback motors used in the iPhone 7 to create the illusion of a Home button, even if it’s really just a flat capacitive surface. Weidlich has turned the entire front of the futuristic smartphone into a screen – leaving no home button or any visible bezel.
Wireless charging has become a common feature of some Android smartphones – including Samsung’s latest family of devices – although it is still a lot slower than wired charging methods. A report in Bloomberg in January claimed that Apple was working on “cutting edge” wireless technology that would allow future iPhones and iPads to be placed further away from charging mats than current smartphones. The unnamed sources said Apple was working on overcoming “technical barriers including loss of power over distance,” and that the technology will feature in iPhones coming out in 2017.
One of the stand-out features of Samsung ‘s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7 , is eye-scanning technology, allowing users to unlock their phone by simply looking at it. Now a report from Chinese-language website MoneyDJ.com, picked up by Digitimes , indicates that Apple may be planning to introduce similar technology with the iPhone 8.
According to the report, a Taiwan-based company called Xintec is to start mass producing iris-recognition chips, some of which will be embedded in the 2017 series of iPhone.
If you were hoping that the next version of Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone was going to feature a dual-lens camera, you may be disappointed. According to the latest investor note from well-informed KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s dual-camera system will remain exclusive to the larger “Plus” model next year.
“While an attractive addition for avid picture takers and professional photographers, the iPhone 7 Plus dual-camera is not a mass-market killer application yet,” Kuo says in the note seen by Apple Insider and 9to5Mac.
“Along with its high cost (estimated at over US$30-40) and the necessity for Apple to enhance the added value of high-end iPhone models, we expect only high-end new iPhone models (30-40% of them) to have a dual-camera next year.”
However, Kuo thinks that Apple’s next iPhone could come with a “revolutionary” new selfie camera that uses infrared technology to detect the location and depth of objects in its field of vision. The 3D camera system could be used for facial recognition, iris recognition and 3D selfies. It could also be used in augmented reality mobile games, to accurately replace a character’s head with that of the user, Kuo wrote in a research report seen by 9to5mac. The 3D system works by sending invisible infrared light signals outwards from the phone and then detecting the signals that bounce back off of objects using the 1.4 megapixel infrared receiver. Kuo said that, in the future, Apple could add 3D sensing technology to its rear cameras as well, removing the need for large dual camera iris systems.
Apple’s iPhone 7 is water-resistant to a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes – a rating known as IP67, which is the same as the Apple Watch. It therefore makes sense that Apple would carry this through to the iPhone 8. IP67 means it will survive a dip in the sink or down the loo, and it won’t break if you pour a drink over it, but you probably don’t want to take it swimming.
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