We’re just a month away from welcoming iPhone 8, the watershed model marking Apple’s 10th anniversary in the smartphone market.
The most prominent and unique of its smartphone lineup is expected to have an all-glass display, larger base storage, and a revamped virtual home button. The iPhone 8 will be the first of its kind to come with wireless charging, a curved AMOLED display, and a rear-facing dual camera that’s vertically aligned rather than horizontally aligned as on iPhone 7 Plus.
As speculated, iPhone 8 could be called iPhone Edition or iPhone X, and will be launched alongside the more old-school models, iPhone 7s and 7s Plus.
We have gone through a ton of rumors about its design and specifications until now. To summarize, the device has been constructed using a stainless steel chassis and flat all-glass design, as revealed by Yesgo, a third-party case maker.
Next, marking a major upgrade will be wireless charging up to 15 ft., in addition to regular wired charging. Also, the dual camera lenses will be 12 MP each, and a single lens for the less expensive 7s models. The flagship iPhone will sport a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge AMOLED display, whereas the other models come with 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch LCD screens. The 7s will come with 2GB of RAM and 7s Plus with 3GB. Connectivity includes USB Type-C or Lightning.
Recent findings by iOS developer Guilherme Rambo from the firmware for the Apple HomePod smart speaker sheds lends additional credibility to the rumors of wireless charging and infrared face recognition features on iPhone 8. There’s also no Touch ID sensor embedded in the display, which means Apple could have scrapped that plan for this year’s iPhone altogether.
The iPhone 8 is likely to be unboxed in September 2017 and it is expected to be the most expensive smartphone released by Apple so far – exceed the $1000 mark.
Other rumors include color options: Black, Rose Gold, White and Mirrored. Also, the new finding with respect to face recognition may be used for logging in, authenticating payments (Apple Pay included) and launching secure apps.
Foxconn, Apple’s long-time partner, also confirmed that the Lightning Connector would stay on iPhone 8, and not be replaced by USB-C. A new connector type is also rumored to be making its way as an iPhone 8 accessory. It will be an eight-pin connection that is smaller and thinner than USB-C and Lightning.
Apple also expects third quarter revenues (three-month period ending on September 30) to come in at $49 to $52 billion, which means they expect some sales to happen during September right after the launch. Apple will come up with only 25 million iPhone 8 units in September and another 60 million in the holiday quarter.
Macotakara predicts that iPhone 8 will be delayed until the end of 2017 and will come in limited numbers. It also stated that iPhone 8 may not come in white, reducing the number of color options to just three.
An Apple Insider report says that iPhone 8 may not be seen until the end of September, speculating that the integration of Touch ID would be the main cause.
Forbes reported on the L-shaped battery and claims that iPhone 8 will come with improved battery life. It also reports on the pricing – iPhone 8 to start from $1000 to $ 1200. Forbes had earlier reported on the final design of the iPhone 8, having received CAD files from Nodus, the case designer. It also revealed that the iPhone 8 is to come with bezel-less design, a 5.8-inch display and a vertically aligned rear-facing camera system, as well as Touch ID integrated into the display.
Fast Company predicts iPhone 8 to be equipped with a 3D laser system to improve AR functionality, a rear-facing laser for better depth detection with AR apps and a more accurate autofocus. The earlier report from Fast Company claims that Apple is trying to find a way to get wireless charging support and bug-free 3D sensor to replace Touch ID. Delaying in fixing Touch ID issues could delay in the production and launch.
And that’s a wrap. This is everything that is currently known and assumed about iPhone 8. The most reliable bits of information obviously comes from Apple’s revenue projections and the firmware code for Apple HomePod. That said, last year’s rumors from Apple’s supply chain about iPhone 7 were all fairly accurate. We hope it’ll be the same this year as well.
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