Apple announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus last September. They were beautiful, but not without controversy. No headphone jack — but on the upside, no wireless charging. And that edge-to-edge display? Everyone has to wait. The forthcoming major iPhone update, presumably named the iPhone 8, is already burdened with
big gargantuan expectations. We’re still half a year out from the announcement in fall 2017 (hopefully), but the internet is already speculating what the iPhone 8 will be like. Here’s what we know so far.
Note: Apple has, for the past decade, released an “S” version in between major updates. So, while some rumors have the iPhone 8 coming out alongside a 7S (different phones at different price points –à la the iPhone 5S and 5C), there’s reason to believe that this year Apple will only endow the 7 with an incremental improvement, saving the big update for fall 2018 with the launch of the iPhone 8.
Three phones. Apple is expected to announce three different iPhone 8 models: two with LCD displays and one with a high-end OLED display (or this could be the 7S and 8 split, see note above). The latter would come in a 5-inch model, and an OLED display would be more vibrant while saving battery life. This premium smartphone would come at a price. The two standard LCD devices would supposedly come in 4.7- and 5.5- inch models.
Infinity screen. The iPhone 8 would look vastly different from its predecessors. Its bezel would be all-but-naught, replaced by a glimmering edge-to-edge display.
No more Home button. With the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple significantly altered the home button, replacing it with a pressure-sensitive fingerprint sensor. With the iPhone 8, Apple could remove the home button altogether, instead building it directly into the display. Expect the camera to be built into the display as well.
Thin glass body. Instead of the aluminum back that recent iPhones had, the iPhone could revert to a glass back like the iPhone 4. This would allow for a super-thin form-factor (how thin is anyone’s guess), and a reasonably durable one.
Curved edges. There are rumors that the iPhone 8 will have a large OLED display with curved edges. If so, the iPhone 8 might have its own set preset apps that respond to touch gestures. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge has something similar, allowing owners quick access to certain apps and to see notifications along the edges of the screen.
Power. The new phones will likely have a new beefed-up processor, likely named A11, that will increase power and battery life. It will also likely run iOS 11.
Wireless charging. It’s the future. You’ll likely see troves of smartphones with wireless charging capabilities soon (many already have this feature); expect the iPhone 8 to be no different. There are also rumors that the iPhone 8 will be able to charge wirelessly from up to 15 feet away from its charger — no contact necessary. Update: wireless charging is possible, but USB-C is much more likely. Read the article.
Eye recognition. Remember how the Galaxy Note 7 had iris recognition so you could unlock your phone with your eyes? The iPhone 8 is expected to have something like that.
Waterproof. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were the first Apple smartphones to be water resistant. The iPhone 8 will be even more so. Expect it to have an IP68 rating, meaning you should be able to submerge it under water (briefly).
Storage. The smallest storage option on the iPhone 7 is 32GB. Expect Apple to make the 64GB the smallest storage option for the iPhone 8. The highest storage option will likely be 256GB.
Release date. September 2017 — unless Apple only releases a 7S update in the fall, and saves the iPhone 8 for 2018.
Cost. The two standard LCD models should be competitively priced, between $650 and $800. The high-end OLED model could go for over a grand.
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