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iPhone 8: what we know, Rumours, Features and release date

Discussion in 'Latest News and Rumors' started by Alex Dmitri, Feb 15, 2017.

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    Wireless charging, OLED screen edge to edge, facial recognition ... we reported on the potential features of the next iPhone model, especially after 10 years of the iconic smartphone.

    Each year, the rumours are around the new iPhone before its traditional autumn release. There are sky high expectations for the next model, particularly since the expected iPhone 8 marks 10 years of iPhone releases. A symbolic date that Apple will surely celebrate with a device that could mark a real breakthrough compared with its predecessors. A few months before its release, what do we know about the iPhone 8?

    Here are a few of the rumoured features:



    • All-glass design
    • Wireless charging
    • OLED/AMOLED display
    • 5.8-inch screen
    • A11 chip
    • Intel 7360 LTE modem
    • iOS 11 software
    • No home button




    OLED EDGE TO EDGE SCREEN

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    The most radical change should be in replacing its traditional LCD screens with OLED display, offering better contrast and consume less energy.

    Specifically, the borders disappear, leaving its place to a screen that could be 5.8 inches, which directly integrate the fingerprint recognition (Touch ID) in accordance with the will of Jony Ive, head of design at Apple .

    AMOLED displays are superior to the LCD panels currently used in Apple’s iPhones. That’s because rather than requiring a power-hungry backlight, an OLED-based screen lights up individual pixels when necessary. This also means that you get true black – i.e. a pixel is turned off – rather than the faux black created by a backlit LCD screen.

    This premiere also imply the elimination of the iconic "Home" button.

    GLASS BODY AND WIRELESS CHARGING

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    Apple is expected to bring wireless charging for the first time with its iPhone 8 smartphone in 2017, according to trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (KGI Securities). According to Kuo, iPhone 8 users will be able to charge the phone’s battery using a wireless charging system similar to the one on Apple Watches, but Apple-being-Apple might not be shipping the wireless charger with the box – and might be charging separately for it.


    The aluminum body used for the iPhone 5 could give way to a similar body in glass to that one found on the iPhone 4, framed by stainless steel .

    The arrival of Apple, last week, in the Qi Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the industrial group was interested in the wireless charging technology which implies the adoption of a Wireless Charged iPhone 8, already used by Samsung on some devices like the Galaxy S7 and many competing Android devices.


    An earlier report by Kuo has hinted at Apple planning to launch a bezel-less OLED iphone 8, along with the revisions of the two standard 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays next year. All three phones are expected to come with glass casings and incorporate wireless charging.


    RETINAL SCANNER OR FACIAL RECOGNITION?


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    According to DigiTimes, Apple is going to add an iris scanner to the iPhone 8. It’s hardly a novel idea; an iris scanner was available on the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL from Microsoft. It was also a major feature of the doomed Galaxy Note 7 that launched last year. This would be the first time Apple has included that sort of technology in its products, however, and could help drive current iPhone users to upgrade their devices. Iris scanners are typically used to allow users to log-in to a device or application without a fingerprint or password.

    The Touch ID could be accompanied by a retinal scanner, useful to facilitate the rise of Apple Pay by securing a little more the paperless payment.

    According to some experts, Apple could most likely bring facial recognition, even if it requires more time and resources to be deployed.


    THE MOST EXPENSIVE IPHONE IN HISTORY?

    All of these potential new features would cause the price of the iPhone 8 to be the highest in the history of the smartphone. It could be sold at the $1000 mark (942 euro), compared to the price of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which had already set the bar very high - but the entry-level models remained below $1000.

    RELEASE DATE ?

    Apple traditionally releases its latest iPhone in the first two weeks of September, in good time for the start of the Christmas shopping season.

    However, a new report hints that Apple may break with tradition this year and launch its next flagship smartphone earlier than expected.

    We will keep you updated on the new iPhone.
     
    #1 Alex Dmitri, Feb 15, 2017
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