Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone back on January 9, 2007, and it was released later in the year. Now, the iPhone has celebrated the 10th anniversary, and the new device is expected to appear in September – the iPhone 8.
The next flagship smartphone might arrive with a free pair of AirPods, according to a new report from analysts at JPMorgan. The completely wireless earphones went on sale before Christmas, and their current price is £159. They connect to your iPhone or Apple Watch via Bluetooth, and you can control them using Siri. The battery allows 5 hours of listening time per charge but AirPods’ case offers more than 24 hours, and you can bring it with you.
Different Sizes and Name
Apple will launch a 4.7-inch iPhone 7s, a 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus and a 5.8-inch iPhone 8 later this year. Some earlier reports suggested that all three gadgets would have identical specs, but it appears that the iPhone 8 will be the most advanced and a flagship in the lineup. Speaking of the name of the new device, there are two possibilities which are most logical. The first one is the iPhone 8, but some people believe that the top of the line smartphone might be called the iPhone 10 or iPhone X to mark the anniversary.
The tech giant is said to be developing the all-glass design for its new mode, and once again, the KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that Apple plans to completely redesign the new iPhone. The manufacturer has already used glass for the iPhone 4 and 4s, but there was a stainless steel between the two.
In his report, Kuo wrote: “Apple already uses glass casing for iPhone 4/ 4S, and non-Apple brands have also been using glass casings. We therefore think a drop test will not be problematic for glass casing. 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
Currently, one iPhone 8 prototype features the new cutting-edge curved OLED display with no bezels, which is similar to what we get from the Galaxy S7 Edge. According to Nikkei, the Cupertino-based company was going to replace the LCD with an OLED tech, and they even signed a two-year contract with Samsung to supply the OLED panels. Samsung is expected to ship between 70-92 million panels to Apple this year, and this deal is beneficial to both companies.
No More Home Button?
There will be no more traditional home button, which according to the rumors, will be replaced with a touch-sensitive digital button. This change was supposed to happen on the iPhone 7, but because of the various reasons, it was delayed.
The dual-lens rear camera that is sported on the iPhone 7 Plus will also be a part of the new iPhone 8. Since The company unveiled this tech last year and there will be no significant changes here.
Kuo says in a note: “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. 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.”
He believes that the new gadget might come with a brand-new selfie camera which has the infrared technology and it can detect the location and depth of objects in its vision. You can use the 3D camera system for facial recognition, 3D selfies and iris recognition.
iPhone 8 Specifications
The new iPhone 8 will have an A11 chip built on ARM’s 10nm manufacturing process, and it will run the next version of the company’s operating system, iOS 11. It will be available with 32GB, 128GB and 256GB of internal storage.
Wireless Charging and Water Resistance
Wireless charging is being developed, and it is still slower than wired charging methods, but one day, it will replace the wired charging completely. According to the Bloomberg report from January, Apple was working on wireless tech which would allow wireless charging of the new smartphones. The source claimed that Apple was trying to overcome “technical barriers including loss of power over distance.”
The ongoing iPhone 7 can be lowered in water to a depth of one meter and held there for 30 minutes. This rating is known as IP67, and this will probably be carried over for the iPhone 8.
New iPhone 8 Release Date and Price
Usually, Apple released its smartphones in September, but according to information by BlueFin Research Partners, there is a possibility that they will start the iPhone 8 production in June. It is possible because the first iPhone release happened on June 29, but the KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that the launch may be postponed until October or even November and this is the more likely scenario.
All Apple’s products are expensive, but the new iPhone 8 is expected to top all the charts as it will exceed the $1,000 mark for the first time. This comes from “a source with knowledge of Apple’s plans.”