UPDATE 07-28-2017: The Apple iPhone 8 is on the horizon now, with just a week to wait for its unveiling. Although this this has yet to be officially confirmed, with invitations having been distributed for a major event at its headquarters on September 12, this is effectively a formality.
So rumors regarding the flagship Apple smartphone are extremely significant at this time. And the latest reports particularly focus on the home button, which it is widely believed will be eliminated from the smartphone in 2017.
In place of this common feature will be a new system, which will enable iPhone 8 uses to activate the Siri personal assistant by holding down the Sleep / Wake button, at least according to the most recent reports. This will then be supplemented by the voice command “Hey Siri”.
This latest assertion has emanated from iOS developer Guilherme Rambo, with the programmer having discovered clues to this feature in at the code for the mobile operating system. Rambo has already tweeted on the matter, musing over whether Apple will remove any of the original Home button functionality to the lock button. This will be located on the upper right side of the iPhone 8.
This Brazilian developer has a decent track record with regard to Apple products, having previously discovered details of upcoming Apple products in beta software. These included references to the 4K Apple TV that is expected to launch alongside the iPhone 8 next week. References to early HomePod firmware were also discovered by the developer.
In addition, the Brazilian blog iHelp BR also revealed a line of code in the HomePod firmware that indicates the Sleep / Wake button has the potential to alter functions on the OLED iPhone 8 depending on the software being used. The line of code “lockButtonAppropriateForShutter” seemingly refers to the native camera application, and suggests that dual switches may be present in the forthcoming smartphone.
It is now certain that the major new feature in the iPhone 8 generation will be the inclusion of a wraparound display. Media reports have strongly indicated that this screen will measure 5.8-inches, with the resolution expected to be quad HD. This means that the OLED iPhone 8 will be able to display more pixels than any previous Apple release.
iPhone 8 Design
Apple will introduce a new glass and metallic design that will differ significantly from previous iterations. Curved edges will be particularly prominent in the exterior of the iPhone 8, with the bezels of the device almost eliminated completely. Furthermore, as mentioned previously, Apple will remove the ubiquitous Home button from the iPhone 8, while there is no reason to suspect that the 3.5mm headphone jack will be making a reappearance.
Apple’s motivation for switching to this new glass and metallic design is at least partly the inclusion of wireless charging into the iPhone 8 generation. It has been frequently reported that Apple has been tinkering with some unique technology behind the scenes, which will enable the smartphone to be charged at an impressive distance of 15 feet.
Meanwhile, Apple will also unveil an upgraded A11 processor as part of the iPhone 8 release, delivering one of the fastest packages of any smartphone. There will also be a new chipset to accompany this processor, and it seems certain that the Apple iPhone 8 will deliver a particularly slick experience, particularly considering the unique combination of proprietary hardware and software that Apple continues to deploy.
iPhone 8’s Camera
A new dual-lens camera will be included in the iPhone 8, with several benefits to the consumer. Firstly, it has been reported that Apple has been working diligently on introducing a new system that will vastly improve the quality of photography in darker conditions.
However, the main reason for the upgraded camera technology is to deliver an augmented reality system that Apple has already spoken about publicly. Apple CEO Tim Cook has thrown the weight of the corporation behind AR, and it seems that the iPhone 8 will be the first mobile from Apple to deliver this technology.
The augmented reality included in the iPhone 8 will have both security and gaming purposes. It will be possible to unlock the device via facial recognition technology, while the updated 3D camera will enable certain augmented reality features to be included in games.
With the display of the OLED iPhone 8 dominating the front panel of the device, it is certain that Apple will embed the fingerprint scanner within the screen of the device. Despite the inclusion of augmented reality, and the face-scanning capabilities of the iPhone 8, fingerprint reading will remain a major aspect of its palette of security features.
Apple is also expected to introduce a raft of new spec upgrades, with RAM bumped up to 3GB in this smartphone. Although this is less than the Samsung Galaxy S8, the combination of lightweight operating system and proprietary software means that the Apple product always performs capably.
It is believed that Apple will release a version of the OLED iPhone 8 featuring 512GB of storage. This will all be native, as Apple is once again expected to exclude micro SD card slot technology from its flagship phone.
We can also expect the battery in the Apple mobile to be increased in size significantly, possibly to around 3,000 mAh. When accompanied with the new fast-charging technology, this should result in a much more convenient smartphone, with a significantly longer lifecycle.
Although it is widely believed that the iPhone 8 will be the name of the next Apple smartphone, it is still possible that the Californian corporation could spring a surprise. Both iPhone X and iPhone Edition are possible, while it is even conceivable that iPhone 7S could be used for all three device releases.
iPhone 8 Price
Apple has yet to provide any information regarding the iPhone 8, which has led to speculation regarding pricing. But the general consensus of opinion is that the next-generation Apple mobile will retail at around $1,000.
UPDATE 07-28-2017: The latest news on the iPhone 8 suggests that the hugely anticipated smartphone will be significantly redesigned from previous units. Reports suggest that Apple is looking to introduce several new physical features when the smartphone emerges, and that these will form the core of the new unit.
Mark Gurman, renowned in technology circles, and considered an authority on Apple products, believes that the Touch ID fingerprint scanner will be completely removed from the next-generation handset. This feature was previously embedded within the Home button of the device, but Gurman asserts that it will instead be eliminated in favour of a face scanning feature.
Gurman says that this new face scanning functionality will be utilized in order to enable users to log into the device, authenticate contactless payments and open any secure iOS software.
This will be the second major new physical feature in the iPhone 8, with the smartphone widely believed to be dominated by a new OLED screen. This wraparound display will take up almost the entirety of the front panel of the device, becoming a defining feature of the iPhone range. Apple is also expected to eliminate the Home button from the iPhone 8, following its removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack last year.
Sources close to Apple suggest that the new face scanning sensor will unlock the device within a matter of milliseconds. It is also designed it to work equally well when the iPhone 8 is placed on a table, as opposed to being held close to a user’s face.
The decision isn’t merely a gimmick, but rather one intended to improve security in the iPhone series. The new sensor has the ability to record more individual data than the existing fingerprint scanner, which should ensure that it is more secure than the Touch ID system.
iPhone 8 Camera
This new scanner will also require a 3D camera, and reports indicate that this will be housed on the front portion of the iPhone above the edge-to-edge display. The camera technology will then open up the possibility of new functionality, with augmented reality features being strongly linked with the next-generation smartphone.
Apple is indeed expected to particularly concentrate on the photographic capabilities of the smartphone, with optical image stabilization believed to be implemented for both lenses in the primary dual-camera. This popular feature was missing from the telephoto lens in the iPhone 7 Plus, but is expected to migrate to both lenses in the iPhone 8 generation.
Apple price promise
In other news, a major new investment report suggest that Apple performance is heading in the right direction. The consumer electronics giant has experienced slightly receding sales over the last couple of years, as it struggles to demonstrate genuine innovation with the iPhone series. Apple remains hugely reliant on the iPhone range in order to generate revenue, despite attempting to diversify its streams with several new products both realized and mooted.
IDC, though, has predicted that iPhone shipments will grow by 9.1 percent next year, following the release of the new iPhone 8 accompanied by iPhone 7S and iPhone at 7S Plus upgrades. In response to this prediction, Apple shares reached a new historical record, indicating that the city believes that the immediate prospects of the company are rather promising.
And Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley believes that the share price will push higher still, on the back of iPhone users upgrading their phones, providing record earnings for Apple. The number of current users will exceed 635 million this year, and they are expected to “drive strong iPhone replacement sales and earnings,” according to Walkley. “Our surveys indicate strong consumer interest in and anticipation for new iPhones anticipated to launch in September,” the analyst continued.