It has just been a short while since the release of iPhone 7, and already people have started speculating about iPhone 8 to be released next year. A new iPhone release happens every year, so you could be forgiven for asking, “What’s the big deal?”. Other than the fanboys and fangirls who worship the late Steve Jobs’s company and his legacy, it’s not going to affect any of us too much. So really, what IS the big deal? Wouldn’t you be surprised to know?
Next year is 10 years to the day Apple announced its first iPhone. 10 years is a long amount of time for any company to stay successful in the mobile technology field. We can also be sure that Apple will give us something extra to cheer about for the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone. There are various rumors are flying around the internet. But most of them have certain commonalities that cannot be disputed.
Rumors suggest it’s going to be a radical redesign, with an edge-to-edge display that does away with the top and bottom bezels where features like the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the front-facing camera are housed. Instead, Touch ID and the camera may be built directly into the display, meaning there will be no Home button. Jony Ive, the Chief Design Officer, has wanted to introduce an iPhone that looks like a single sheet of glass for several years, and glass is also necessary if Apple wants to introduce wireless charging. They’re also staying true to their founders’ wish of making a slim, simple and minimalistic phone with which you can do anything you want to.
Apple blogger John Gruber made similar claims, saying that “the entire face will be the display. And the Touch ID sensor will be somehow embedded in the display. The front-facing camera will somehow be embedded in the display. The speaker, everything. All the sensors will somehow be behind the display.” Apple tweaked the home button this year, making it no longer physically click when pressed, so this could be the next step. On the other hand, you could argue that since Apple only just tweaked the button it’s unlikely to ditch it so soon. Read iPhone 7 is a time bomb.
With an edge-to-edge design, the display would take up the entire front of the iPhone, but it isn’t clear if the display will grow to fit the iPhone or the iPhone will be shrunken down to fit the display (rumors suggest Apple will use a 5.5-inch or larger display). Apple hasn’t done much with its iPhone screens since upping the sizes with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but the iPhone 8 could see the display undergo its biggest change yet, with respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claiming that the iPhone 8 will have a curved AMOLED display. AMOLED is a technology primarily used by Samsung phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S7, and it can often deliver great contrast and vibrant colors. It’s too early to say for sure what that will be, but a glass back is believable and has solid sources backing it up. Read Google Pixel vs Iphone 7.
Other rumors suggest that there could be true wireless charging for the first time in a smartphone. The company is trailing rivals there and with the removal of the headphone jack being free of cables completely, this will surely be the next step. Apple might go beyond rivals and offer a truly wireless charger, which works at a distance, with no contact required between the device and the power source. There’s evidence that Apple has been looking into this tech, but it might not be ready in time for the iPhone8. The camera and the battery may not change much, but expect various tweaks and improvements.
iPhone has the reputation of being a very weak phone. While there are no “official” rumors about it, there should be an added sturdiness to the new iPhone 8, to symbolize their sturdiness in the market for 10 years. But with the removing of bezels and such other protective features, that could all just be wishful thinking.
Despite all the credibility they may reportedly have, these are still just rumors. Apple could give a whole new, unimaginable range of features to the iPhone 8, or they could just mildly upgraded, slightly different iPhone 7 (like they did with iPhone5C). One thing that won’t change is that people will stand in queues overnight to get the new iPhone8. Read more Technology News.
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