iPhone 8 is set to mark an overhauling of the iPhone handset in major ways. We are quiet far off from the launch of the next iPhone, and although there are no official revelations regarding the device, the web is full of rumors and speculations. Regarded by tech gurus as Apple’s most ambitious projects surrounding iPhone till date, iPhone 8 is going to have a radical redesign. It’ll sport some of the most waited technology like edge-to-edge display, Touch ID and front camera built directly into the display, no Home Button, wireless charging among other innovative things. Such promising features have got Apple phones very excited and looked forward to the handset's release.
The first generation iPhone was rolled out on June 29, 2007. It was a GSM phone, and it helped establish a certain design that remained consistent in the next-generation of handsets. The screen size remained for four generation until iPhone 5 that came with a taller 4-inch display.
Every preceding iPhone saw the upgrade of a kind or the other, remaining fan favorite for a decade. For instance, in 2013, with 5S, Apple brought improved hardware and a fingerprint reader. With 6S, they brought pressure-sensitive touch inputs and with the latest iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple added new color options, dual-camera set up, improved system and graphics performance, water resistant capabilities. One of the highlights of the recent release is the removal of a 3.5mm jack.
Apple’s iPhone is credited for reshaping the smartphone market into what it is today. It’s Apple one of the most reputed and valuable companies in the world. With some 43.6% market share (in late 2015), Apple holds the largest market share in the US. Now let's try to have a look at the probable iPhone 8 Features and Specs.
iPhone 8 Features and Specs
With Apple, there’s no limit on what they can do. Their products have essentially revolutionized the world in more than one ways. Although the Apple iPhone 8 release date is pretty far-off, one thing’s for sure that by the time the device rolls out into the market, the actual list of specifications are going to redefine smartphone to the whole new level. Some of the features the iPhone 8 is expected to come with are, interesting, to say the least, it’ll reveal details on the direction the iPhone might be taking following iPhone 8.
With iPhone 8, Apple will say goodbye to the aluminum body that has been in use since 2012 when it was first introduced. The reason for this massive change is Apple’s intention of making the iPhone 8 very different form its predecessors. According to reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the upcoming handset will have a metal frame wrapped in glass, which recalls iPhone 4S that was the last of iPhones to have a glass-backed body. As per Kuo, using glass will cut the thickness as well as the weight.
Although there are chances of damage, Kuo believes to glass technology these days are building sturdier glasses than before. While the aluminium frame will be sported by less expensive models, the high-end ones will feature stainless steel frame. Although there’s a disagreement on weather all models will include a glass body.
As we said before, Apple started expanding the screen size after four generation, and since then they haven’t really anything apart from upping the size of the screen. All that will change with iPhone 8. As per incredibly popular and respected analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, iPhone 8 will sport a curved AMOLED display. Several anonymous sources believe that Apple is seeking to release a 5.8-inch display iPhone 8 models. There is rumour that Apple will offer two variants, one with a 5.8-inch screen and another with a 5-inch screen. Both models with feature 4K resolution, curved, and bezel-free display. There are chances only one, model will sport OLED screen.
In today’s time, AMOLED display is among the most celebrated display because of its ability to deliver vibrant and contrast colors. It’s primarily used in Samsung handsets. And as per reports, the Apple has made a contract with Samsung under which the latter will deliver an estimated 20 million AMOLED panels every month of 2017. The South Korean company will be Apple’s sole display supplier this year.
Apple ‘s latest iPhone handset the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus comes with the latest A10 Fusion Processor which is a 64-bit, four-core processor with more than 3.3 million transistors. Performance wise, the chipset is about 120 times faster than the first generation iPhone chipset. A10 Fusion is also the fastest chipset in the world right now. With iPhone 8, one can expect A11 chip which is estimated 40% faster and more energy efficient than A10. Presently TSMC has begun planning out the design for A11 chip built on a 10-nanometer process.
One would think the dual-lens snapper of iPhone 7 Plus couldn’t get any more impressive than it already is. In terms of picture and sound quality, 7 Plus’s rear camera’s are nothing short of mid-level DSLR. But the iPhone 8 cameras are going to be even better. To put things into perspective, iPhone 7 Plus sports 12 megapixels dual lens rear camera. One has wide-angles lens while the other features telephoto lens with a f/2.8 aperture for optical zooming.
Video options include 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps and 720p@240fps. The next generation iPhone will have a higher megapixel count, 16 megapixels with higher video taking options with a large number of fps combinations that’ll make video recording a treat.
Long range wireless charging technology is a sought-after technology this year. And several smartphones are speculated to implement it in their flagship including the upcoming iPhone 8. One of the factor that makes a superior choice is that it can charge handsets from a distance.
The catch with this technology is that the further the device is from the charger, the slower the charging occurs. To solve this, Apple has been hiring expertise in the field. The company is also looking for suppliers for wireless charging chip while Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn is supposedly testing wireless charging modules. So a working long-range wireless charging technology could be in works for Apple iPhone 8.
Enhanced Facilal & Gesture Recognition
The iPhone 8 Plus is going to be the most exciting and intriguing model Apple has made so far. A good reason is that it’ll be arriving with a very powerful feature. It’ll have facial and gesture recognition that’ll basically power other features like augmented reality camera functions as well as simple gestures. Apple is rumoured to be working on rich augmented experience. So the facial recognition and gesture control capability is stepping stone towards making augmented reality a norm among people.
Throughout the year, Apple CEO Tim Cook had been talking of Apple’s vested interest into augmented reality technology over and over again. The technology will be integrated into iPhone 8 Plus’ camera. There’ll be a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front camera.
Only last year Apple has acquired an AI firm called Emotient that was working on technology that not only recognizes face but that make out different facial expressions and ultimately figure out the person emotional state. Apple is most likely trying to develop an iPhone that can be unlocked the device in question using facial recognition technology as opposed to using Touch ID. The laser-assistant facial recognition is the latest innovation the Apple iPhone 8 Plus will feature. At least the rumours are lining up in this direction.
Virtual reality is a term that longer has future connotation. Back in the 90s, VR was a non-starter. The technology has caught up and now developers are creating mind-blowing VR headsets that are going to revolutionize the gaming and entertainment industry in the next few years. Virtual reality is beginning to become mainstream. As per industry analysts, the VR industry is going to generate some $40 billion in revenue by 2020. The VR system available today will seem primitive by the year’s end. By 2018, the industry would have moved way forward in leaps and bounds.
These days VR-capable hardware is everywhere. iPhone 8 is slated to come with a very powerful A11 chipset, made on a 10-nanometer process. VR compatibility is going to be a must have in the next two years. Therefore VR compatibility in iPhone 8 is a necessity. The only is that this may lead the price tag to shot up.
A large number of smartphone from big brands like Motorola, LG, HTC, Samsung, Nokia, etc. offers MicorSD slot that makes it possible for users to add more memory to the device. For one of the most celebrated handsets in the market with practically millions of loyal fan-base, iPhone offers very little internal storage – 32 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB. Oddly enough, with such low storage capacity, the handset offers no external card-slot. These days, people have more access and preference to digital downloads than ever. For users who’d like to store songs and movies in iPhone have very little options. It’s an inconvenience.
There are rumours that Apple is planning to incorporate advanced biometrics features like iris scanning and facial recognition. Although we are not aware of the use of this feature but assumedly, these could be used to provide additional layers of protection and access the device. According to tone rumour, the Apple is currently in the testing phase and the iris scanner could very well be ready by 2018 – the speculated release date of iPhone 8. Another report suggests, Apple is planning to source the iris scanning chips from Taiwan-based supplier Xintec, who are expected to mass produce it to meet the tech conglomerate’s demand.
Enhanced Taptic Engine
Apple is working on an enhance Taptic engine that’ll be able to create more complex tactile vibrations. The handset will require this mechanic since its planning on removing the Home Button. With haptic vibration could be used as commands for doing things that the Home Button did, like unlocking the phone, confirmation of a Touch ID payment, etc.
iPhone 8 Release Date
Predicting the exact date for the launch of Apple’s latest is not possible unless one take a close look at Apple’s trend of releasing iPhone. If we look back at, since the launch of iPhone 5, Apple has been rolling out its handsets in the month of September. Besides, the tech conglomerate prefers launching its products in the 3rd and 4th quarters. So it’s not too hard to understand that the iPhone 8 release date could be in the early quarter of 2018, could be early in September or early October. Mark the months because it’s going to be “the” gala event of the year.
Apple iPhone 8 Price
During its launch, the starting price for iPhone 7 was $649 and iPhone 7 Plus was $769. For iPhone 8, you’ll have to have deeper pockets. The price of the new next generation handset is expected to go up quite a bit due to the huge overall overhaul of the device, not just in specifications, design but in all forms. The price estimate for iPhone 8 stands at $1199. And the cost of premium level variants could go up to $1500.
With the introduction of iPhone 8, there would be a dawn of a new ear. The device is speculated to be still under development and will likely launch in 2018, with some of the most awaited specifications that a handset could have. The phone is going to have a major redesign with glass body, edge-to-edge OLED display, and Touch ID fingerprint sensor & front-facing camera embedded inside the screen. Beside these attractive features, the Apple iPhone 8 will support wireless charging. We’ll undoubtedly hear more on Apple’s next monster of a phone, for months leading up to its release. With this post, we intended to give you a clear idea of what to possibly expect.