Apple is celebrating its 10th anniversary in the smartphone business this year. Given the huge significance of this landmark, many pundits are expecting that Cupertino will come in with a mind blowing device dubbed the iPhone 8.
Given that Apple is not expected to make any changes to its usual release date, the 2017 iPhone 8 should be here in the last phase of the year. But wait, we don’t even know if it’ll be called the iPhone 8 because looking at Apple’s naming structure, this year should see the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus come to life. On the contrary, Apple has been making major design changes to the iPhone after two years, something that also saw a numerical increase in the name. However, there were still no major design changes on the iPhone 7 despite the numerical increase from 6.
In short, Cupertino hasn’t made major changes since the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 2014 and there’s no way it’s going to stick to the same design for a record fourth time. With this design change aspect in mind, it is hard to rule out the launch of the iPhone 8. It is no wonder rumors about this year’s iPhone are also suggesting a possible release of three variants – iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus, and iPhone 8. Where the 7S series will have some of the design cues of the current iPhone 7, the latter will be completely overhauled into something else, at least according to the many rumors flying around.
Apparently, the iPhone 8 is expected to come with a huge 5.8-inch OLED display screen that has no bezels on the sides. This bezel-less screen is also expected to come in with quite a number of nifty features more than just the usual 3D Touch, among them an embedded Touch ID. This feature usually lives on the physical Home button, but this button will be no more. Like the fingerprint scanner, the Home button will also find a new home on the screen of the phone, just like some Android devices.
Apple is also said to be exploring newer technology as far as the iPhone motherboard is concerned – technology that will enable the company to spare enough room to house a battery capacity of 2700mAh and beyond. Still, on the battery aspect, the iPhone 8 is also rumored to be coming in with an all-glass design that will ensure Apple debuts wireless charging this time around. There’s also talk of 3D sensors and extremely advanced AI software capabilities for the OLED phone. The usual chipset bump is expected, but there’s also talk of an upgraded RAM of at least 3GB alongside storage of either 64GB or 256GB.
As noted earlier, the release of the 2017 iPhone should happen somewhere in September – which is more than six months from now. With this in mind, it is too early to even think that all these features are what Apple is thinking about. In fact, looking at Apple’s history, it has never upgraded the iPhone with a flurry of new features all at once, hence the iPhone xS series.
There’s just too much flying around regarding what Apple could be working on – but many might be disappointed in the end when the company finally unveils the alleged iPhone 8. But who knows, since the late Steve Jobs, Apple can hardly be recognized as, well, Apple. Or perhaps we should just lower our expectations a little bit?
What do you think about the rumors surrounding the iPhone 8 – and iPhone 7S/7S Plus? Would you prefer these changes all at once or Apple should stick to its usual incremental upgrades system? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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