The Apple enthusiasts are waiting anxiously for the upcoming iPhone model because Apple has something big in store for its consumers in 2017. There is a growing consensus among everyone that the next iPhone 8 will name as iPhone 8. So, the release date is just a few months away, and we are back with our weekly iPhone 8 round up in which we will tell you about the top news of the week and other noteworthy rumors circulating from a couple of months.
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Release Date Delay Due To Design
The iPhone 8 release date is still up in the air. Some reports suggest that Apple will release it around September. However, this week we saw some news indicating that the release date will delay until November 2017 because of iPhone 8 redesign. To be honest, we cannot rely on these rumors until and unless we get any confirmation from Apple. They are releasing iPhone models in the month of September from last three years. In our last iPhone 8 round up we talk about Apple featuring a fingerprint scanner. However, the Apple may locate the fingerprint scanner on the back of the device in the upcoming iPhone 8, and the designing process may delay the release.
Three Different Variants
First, we thought, why on earth Apple is ditching iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus and coming up with only iPhone 8. Later, a news suggested that Apple will release three variants. The iPhone 7S and 7S Plus will get minor updates, and their design will remain same. On the other hand, iPhone 8 will have an edge to edge design, 5.8 inches screen, similar to Galaxy S7.
According to Apple Insider, the forthcoming iPhone 8 will feature OLED – Organic Light Emitting Diode for the very first time. The OLED screens are usually a lot thinner and more flexible than the conventional LCD displays. The use of OLED display provides more space for designing thinner device and potentially curved also. We talked about OLED screens in our last iPhone 8 round up, and if the rumors are true, then we will see iPhone 8 OLED screen, but the other two models will get the same LCD.
There is a piece of news that TSMC will be Apple’s only supplier of its forthcoming A11 processor. The A10 Fusion Chip successor will reportedly have a 10 nanometer die size, and it will be faster in speed. As per the reports, the upcoming A11 chip will enhance 20% in processing speed, and it will consume less than 40% power than the iPhone 7’s A10 chip.
All Glass Design Reinforced By Stainless Steel
According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the upcoming iPhone 8 will sport all-glass enclosure in addition to OLED display. He also predicted that the iPhone 8 would drop aluminum for stainless steel. Other than Kuo, a recent report from Digitimes suggest that new stainless steel forging process that is 30% to 50% cheaper than conventional CNC machining and plans to integrate it into its forthcoming flagship.
In our previous iPhone 8 round up we talked about wireless charging, and it may finally feature in the next iPhone. Last year, Kuo claimed that many manufacturers are making the wireless charging modules for the iPhone 8. Apple has already done wireless charging flawlessly with Apple Watch, so coming with wireless charging feature in iPhone 8 makes logical sense.
Front Camera With Built-In IR Sensors For Facial Recognition
The new iPhone front camera can be a game changer for Apple. It is rumored to come up with infrared sensors which can scan faces accurately. Again, according to Kuo, Apple iPhone 8 will be able to analyze faces in depths for security and captured images in 3D too. He further said that the iPhone 8 would do away with TouchID for a new facial recognition-based safety measure.
There is also substance to back up Kuo’s claim. Apple has bought Real Face, which is an Israeli company that has expertise in developing facial recognition and cyber security.
Iris Scanner For Added Security
Xintec, an affiliate of TSMC, will start iris recognition chips mass production in 2017. If things go to the plan, then iris scanner technology can be implanted on the upcoming iPhone 8.
An iris scanner would complement Apple’s TouchID scanner and could use in various ways, such as unlocking phones to paying a bill online. Like the fingerprint technology, the iris technology is unique for each person, so the security could go a long way towards locking down a phone that is already secure incredibly.
Tech guru, Robert Scoble at Upload VR, posits that Apple’s flagship will come optimized for AR – Augmented Reality.
According to him, the next iPhone flagship will be a clear piece of glass, protected with Gorilla Glass sandwich with other polycarbonates for shattering resistant if dropped, and obviously, it will be OLED screen.
The iPhone also has a next-generation 3D sensor from Prime Sense, which Apple bought. Currently, Apple has around 600 workers working in Israel on just the sensor. It is the 10th year of manufacturing iPhone, and it is the first product introduction in Apple’s new headquarters.
If the rumor is true, Apple iPhone 8 possibly revolutionize and bring augmented reality more towards mainstream acceptance than any other smartphone before it.
IP68 Water Resistance Rating
The current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are the first models by Apple that are officially rated for water resistance. Both of them are rated IP67, which means that they can remain underwater at a depth of one meter for half an hour.
According to Korea Herald, Apple’s iPhone 8 will feature a higher rating of IP68, which will increase its water resistance depth up to 1.5 meters with the same time frame of 30 minutes.
Unfortunately, the iPhone 8 might cost a very hefty price of $1000. Forbes reports that the OLED version would cost $1000 to $1200 depending on the space options. Price ranges for the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus are still unknown, but it can retain the current price of iPhone 7 models.
In Our Opinion
That is all the major speculations and news regarding the upcoming iPhone 8 round up for this week. They are exciting, but we can take them with just a pinch of salt until confirmed by Apple. Nonetheless, we will keep you updated as more newsworthy things bubble up to the surface. So, bookmark our website and come back when you want to know the latest news about the iPhone 8.