Everything We Know About The Apple iPhone 8
Ever since the original iPhone was launched in 2007, each next-gen Apple iPhone has been highly anticipated. Every year, new leaks and reports emerge to tell us something new about the next iPhone, and with the September launch now less than two months away, here is everything on the upcoming iPhone8/X/Pro –
Apple iPhones have historically launched in the month of September and this year with the iPhone 8, there seems to be no difference. Reports of Apple facing manufacturing issues with the new display and TouchID have surfaced time and again, but it seems Apple is on track and will in fact launch the next iPhone in September. When the next big Apple phone will be made available to the public is subject to speculation right now. It’s possible that Apple unveils the iPhone 8 in September and starts shipping the phone later in the year.
The iPhone has always been placed as a premium smartphone. The iPhone 8 will take that premium to a notch higher, with a report at Forbes claiming that pricing could start at a whopping US $ 1,100 to US $ 1,200, with Apple only offering the iPhone in 128GB and 256GB configurations. Studying the price of each new iPhone also suggests that the new iPhone 8 could easily cross the $1,000 mark and become the most expensive iPhone yet.
The most talked-about feature of the upcoming iPhone 8 is its bezel less display. Ever since the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ with the infinity display, rumors have suggested a bezel-less display on the next iPhone. Apple is also said to finally be using OLED panels, and rumors suggest that the iPhone 8 will feature a curved OLED display which will pit it against the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+’s display.
FaceID/TouchID – No Home Button?
An edge-to-edge to display means that just like Samsung, Apple will have to figure out the placement of the beloved TouchID home button. Apple appears to have grown weary of any buttons and instead FaceID is said to be used for the next iPhone 8. Recently, Apple has released the first build of the upcoming HomePod’s firmware which contains code for FaceID, codenamed PearlID due to the presence of infra-red face unlock in the biometric kit. What route Apple takes is yet to be seen but the latest leak all but confirms that FaceID will make its way into the iPhone 8. The leaked firmware of Apple’s HomePod has also revealed that the physical home button will be replaced with a virtual button.
— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) August 1, 2017
The Apple iPhone 7 Plus was Apple’s foray in to dual-camera setups. The horizontally placed dual-camera setup was well-received after a few initial updates fixed the ‘portrait mode.’ Numerous leaks and renders of the iPhone 8 have pointed towards a vertically placed dual-camera setup. According to Korea Economic Daily, Apple is working on facial recognition technology leveraging the cameras for “biometric” identification. Like Touch ID — but with your face instead of your thumbprint. In addition to that, a leaked patent application spills out the details of a sensor that will tell you if you’re human or not. This is Apple’s effort towards developing a that would improve AR depth detection as well autofocus for photography.
Under The Hood
The Apple iPhone 8 is expected to run on the Apple A11 Chipset. The expected heavy price of the iPhone suggests that Apple will ditch the 32GB variant and only ship 128GB and 256GB variants of the iPhone 8.
Apple A11 Geekbench4,?4600,8500 and 4300,7000?This is two different clock frequencies, and the final result may be between the two
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 27, 2017
Apple at WWDC 2017 announced iOS 11 and the developer preview has already been seeded. iOS 11 has a new redesigned control centre, improved Siri functionalities and a screen record function among other things like new filesystem, camera and network functionality. Apple also unveiled an array of AR applications which will be compatible to the iPhone 7 Plus and the next iPhone due to the requirement of adual-camera setup. The leaked firmware has also unearthed a new ‘tap to wake’ feature on the iPhone which will be a welcome addition.