This year marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, and tech rumors have it that Apple is planning something big to celebrate the momentous occasion with the release of their iPhone 8. Or, whatever it’s going to be called. Apple has yet to confirm if they’re calling this year’s phone the iPhone 8. It fits the number mold Apple has been using during the last 9 years, but maybe 2017 will be the year Apple starts using a different naming outline. From the talk around the web and amongst tech experts, here’s our official iPhone 8 preview.
During the last several years, Apple has released its latest iPhone update in September, so most everyone expects Apple will continue the trend and release the iPhone 8 in September of this year as well.
Some believe the iPhone 8 will be in short supply in September or that people will only be able to pre-order them in September and then deliveries will start in October or November, just in time for holiday gifts. Others are speculating Apple is going to release the “S” series of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and then not debut the iPhone 8 until October or November.
This one is way up in the air and anything that’s been said is just a total guess. But if you’re wanting to start saving up, some experts are saying the new iPhone could cost you more than $1,000, while others are guesstimating the 64GB model will either start at $850 or $900.
Some are saying there will be three sizes: 4.7 inch, 5.5 inch, and 5.8 inch. Others are throwing in a 5-inch phone as well.
Since 2012, Apple has used an aluminum body for its iPhones, but rumor has it Apple is going to switch things up a bit with the design and feature a glass body. While all techies are saying every size will have a glass-body design, they’re also saying the higher-end iPhone will be made with a stainless steel frame and the cheaper models will have an aluminum frame.
There’s also talk of the design being more curved, providing a rounder and gentler design that’s similar to the very first iPhone.
The consensus here is that this year’s iPhone will have an OLED display. Apple made a deal with Samsung that every year Samsung will give Apple 100 million units of 5.5-inch OLED panels. While it was first rumored the OLED display wouldn’t be debuted until 2018, rumors have moved the timeline up to 2017.
Why is this display a big deal? OLED displays are more flexible and they don’t require backlighting, so Apple can reduce the thickness and weight of the displays used in each phone. This type of display also provides more vibrant colors, improved contrast ratio, better viewing angles, superior power efficiency and a faster response time.
Also flying around the Internet is an edge-to-edge display, meaning no bottom, top or side bezels, and the display will look like one piece of glass.
With the iPhone 7, Apple got rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack and replaced it with the Lightning connector. But it looks like the Lightning connector’s time was short-lived, as Apple is expected to instead use the USB-C with its next iPhone.
All 2017 iPhone models should be using Apple’s A11 chip to power them. The A11 chip’s production is supposed to begin this month and be built on a 10-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process, as well as be faster and even more efficient (in terms of performance and battery life) than the A10 that’s currently used.
Tired of cords? Well this next iPhone is alleged to have wireless charging. Reuters has reported that various Apple groups are working on wireless charging technology for the next iPhone. Other speculation is that Apple will use a wireless charging station similar to what Apple Watch owners currently use to charge their watch.
If you’ve been praying for more storage, you’re getting it (or so we all assume). Talk is that Apple is going to get rid of its 32GB model and offer 64GB and 256GB models and that the RAM is being enhanced to 3GB.
The iPhone 8 will feature an IP68-rated water resistance. The iPhone 7 is IP67 certified, so it’d be a step up from that. The IP68 rating is what Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is, and this phone can weather 1.5 meters of water for up to half an hour.
Other expected features include:
- Dual-lens camera that has augmented reality capabilities
- Virtual home button
- New touch ID technology
- Advanced biometrics, such as iris scanning or facial recognition
- Apple Pencil support
So from what we can tell so far, the new iPhone is rumored to be more fast, wireless, third-party-accessory-friendly, and should boast more screen area than it’s predecessors. Where do you think the iPhone is headed in 2017? Tell us in the comments what you think!