As we get closer to the 2017 Apple Event (one week left) we are looking at the latest rumors and leaks. Yesterday we wrote an article about a new iPhone 8 schematic leak surfacing on the internet and iPhone 8 case manufacturers revealing the name of the iPhone 8 which suggest a different naming scheme. Apple will unveil the iPhone 8 on September 12th, complete with pricing and launch details. The iPhone 8, as it will probably be called, will feature a radical redesign in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone.
Here are the latest rumors on the new iPhone.
The iPhone 8 will be expensive
New leaks suggested the iPhone 8 will be available in only two storage configurations, including 128GB and 256GB, while the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus will also get an entry-level 64GB option. On the other hand, Twitter user Benjamin Geskin heard a different story. He says the iPhone 8 will be available in three versions as it follows:
- 64 GB: 999$
- 256 GB: 1099$
- 512 GB: 1199$
The iPhone 8 will probably be Apple’s most expensive handset, an executive at Apple manufacturer Foxconn has suggested the device will “not be cheap”. Sales of the new iPhone are forecast to surge with this being the smartphone’s 10th anniversary.
What will the iPhone 8 look like?
We’ve seen hundreds of leaks focusing on the iPhone 8 over the past few months, and we’ve also seen exactly what the phone will look like thanks to all of the dummy models that have been manufactured based on actual iPhone schematics that leaked from Foxconn.
Analysts and leaks suggest the iPhone 8 will come in at least three colors: white, black and copper or gold. The white and black colors are fairly standard, but a third color is thought to be coming in either a copper or a champagne gold hue.
A new iPhone 8 video appeared online the other day showing a functional iPhone 8 running what it looks like iOS 11. Have a look below:
We can see the huge notch cut out of the top of the screen, which is how Apple is accommodating the speaker, front-facing camera, and sensors in its otherwise bezel-less design. We can also see that the aspect ratio looks to be 18:9. Looking at the video which is incredibly dark so the device itself can’t be seen. Instead, all we can see is the phone’s display.
What features will the new iPhone have?
Edge-to-edge display – We’ve seen this type of display in many leaked pictures, schematics and the code of the Home Pod. Leaks suggest the phone will have a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED display. Apple could also replace the device’s aluminum back with a glass back and aluminum bumper. Such a design would allow Apple to increase the screen size of the iPhone without increasing its actual footprint, meaning it could be closer in size to the iPhone 7 with a screen that matches the iPhone 7 Plus.
No Home button – Apple may be in a position to get rid of the Home button. It has already introduced advanced pressure-detection technology with 3D Touch, and last year’s iPhone 7 had a solid-state home button that vibrates instead of clicks. The removal of the home button means Apple will drop fingerprint scanning as the primary mode of unlocking the iPhone, replacing it with infrared scanning and facial recognition. The physical button is being removed to allow more space for a screen, which will cover almost the entire front of the device.
Augmented Reality – The future is here, the new iPhone 8 could guide users around towns and cities using augmented reality to superimpose directions onto the view through the camera. Tim Cook is gambling on Augmented Reality to be the iPhone’s killer feature.
Facial Recognition – Apple is expected to replace its Touch ID fingerprint scanner and Home button with an infrared scanner that unlocks the phone using facial recognition software. Instead of using a password or pattern, iPhone 8 users will unlock their device just by looking at it. Developers found references to the technology, dubbed Pearl ID, in the code for the Home Pod smart speaker. It could be used to unlock the phone, log in to apps and verify Apple Pay transactions. Similar facial recognition is currently available on rival phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8.
OLED Screen – The iPhone 8 is also getting a brand new clutter-free OLED screen with crisper colors and sharper images, and with the addition of facial recognition you won’t have to mess it up with your grubby fingerprints to unlock it.
Wireless Charging – Multiple reports said the iPhone 8 will feature long-range wireless charging developed by Energous. The company’s solution can recharge a device across the room, without requiring physical contact between the handset and the wireless charging station. This seems too good to be true but if Apple wants to compete with the latest smartphone releases, it needs to step up the game. Some phones and devices like the Apple Watch already use charging that requires the device to be placed on an inductive pad.
iOS 11 – Apple’s WWDC 2017 saw a huge number of new features unveiled for iOS 11. The standout features of iOS 11 are peer-to-peer Apple Pay and a redesigned Control Centre. It also new safety features, including a do not disturb while driving mode and an Emergency SOS option that will lock thieves out when its owner is in danger.
The most anticipated changes and features for the iPhone 8 are an OLED screen which will cover nearly the entire front of the device, wireless charging, a virtual Home button, an improved processor, and cameras with an improved scene and face detection, and better support for augmented reality apps. We are very excited about the new iPhone 8 and if you’re reading this chances are you are too. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter to stay updated with the latest news and rumors on everything Apple.