iPhone 8 is months away but that does not stop the rumors and speculation about what the next smash hit of a smartphone will look and work like. We will tell you all you need to know so far about Apple’s knew iPhone.
Here are a few of the rumoured features:
- All-glass design
- Wireless charging (about time!)
- OLED/AMOLED display
- 5.8-inch screen
- A11 chip
- Intel 7360 LTE modem
- iOS 11 software
- No home button
A new report claims that Hon Hai Precision Industry – better known as Foxconn in the west – is working on a “glass casing” for Apple, in a bid to replace the standard metal chassis. Taiwan’s Foxconn is a key supplier of metal chassis for Apple already, and aims to develop the new glass body to “boost weakening demand and to see off stiff competition from rivals”, according to a new report by Japan’s Nikkei news agency.
The New York Time claims that Apple will scrap the home button for the iPhone 8 and integrate a “virtual” alternative into the display instead. According to the report, next year’s iPhone will feature a “full-screen face” with a new under-screen fingerprint scanner.
Samsung managed to close a deal with Apple to supply 100 million 5.5 inch AMOLED display screen starting in 2017. The contract is worth a whopping $2.59 billion dollars.
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.
The most likely improvement we will see on the iPhone 8 is it’s processing chip the iPhone 6s has the A9, the iPone 7 has the A10 and we think the iPhone 8 will have the A11chip. A recently leaked ARM presentation seemed to show that the company is working on reference designs for CPUs built on a highly-efficient 10nm manufacturing process.
Battery life is another big issue and there is nothing about battery life on the iPhone 8 just yet but Apple has been improving batter life with every new iPhone release so we can expect some improvement on the battery life. Samsung has been ahead in this race and if Apple are to compete they have to improve in this area.
We’re expecting bigger and better things from the iPhone 8 camera after the impressive showing from this year’s iPhone 7 Plus. Thanks to a new leak, we have a better idea of what next year’s Apple camera might look like.
According to the Korea Economic Daily, Apple is getting ready to partner with LG to fit the iPhone 8 with a 3D camera. Citing “sources close to the situation”, the KED reports that the 3D camera would allow iPhone 8 owners to recognise physical objects in the real world, and even utilise augmented reality technology.
Apple is working on long-range wireless charging technology that rumors suggest could be implemented in iPhones as soon as 2017, making it an ideal addition to the iPhone 8. Long-range wireless charging is superior to many existing wireless charging methods because it does not require devices to be as close to a charging source or mat.
Apparently there will be three different size variants of the iPhone 8: 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch, and a new 5-inch model. Prices have been varying with the previous iPhones from £529 iPhone 5 – £599 for the iPhone 7 so we can expect the iPhone 8 to be within this region. The iPhone 8 will be released in September 2017.
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