According to CNET
Apple is rumored to be working on a dramatic redesign for the 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone. Everything we’re hearing — and this is all unofficial, of course — points to a new design, new display and some new — and possibly show-stopping — features.
iPhone 8 specs we might see:
- Three new models including two minor “S” upgrades plus an all-new iPhone 8
- Home button and Touch ID embedded in the display or located on back
- New biometric security featuring iris scanning, and/or facial recognition via LG’s new 3D sensor technology
- Curved, edge-to-edge OLED display with the iPad’s True Tone technology, possibly with Ion-X glass
- “Wireless” charging (inductive/magnetic charging, as with the Apple Watch)
- Dual-lens camera, possibly in a vertical configuration and/or with
- Support for the Apple Pencil
- USB-C charger (leading to Apple’s existing Lightning connector on the phone)
- Enhanced water resistance or waterproofing
- Higher quality earpiece for louder, clearer audio
- Apple’s next-generation processor (the A10X or A11)
- Stainless steel and glass body
- Upgraded storage and memory, possibly starting at 64GB and 3GB of RAM
- Intel or Qualcomm modem
- iOS 11
- Priced between $850 and $1,099 (roughly £650 to £900, or AU$1,150 to AU$1,500)
Rumors was the case that they gave me
We’re not likely to see the iPhone for a few more months, but accessory manufacturers have already begunon cases and screen protectors. Though manufacturers regularly do get the specs wrong, this step may be a signal that Apple has locked down its final design.
And the majority of images of cases, renders and molds that have appeared so far show an iPhone 8 that, size-wise, sits between the iPhone 7($929.00 at Amazon Marketplace) and 7 Plus($1299.99 at Amazon Marketplace). It’s worth noting that the iPhone 8’s display, rumored to extend from edge to edge, would likely be more comparable with that of the 7 Plus.
In terms of materials, one of Apple’s prototypes features a combination of curved glass and stainless steel, according to Bloomberg. This corroborates earlier rumors (reported by DigiTimes and Nikkei Asian Review) suggesting that the company might replace the traditional aluminum iPhone design with a glass and steel body. Previous rumors about the possibility of a ceramic body seem to have faded out.
According to JPMorgan (as reported by MacRumors), Apple may equip the iPhone 8 with an “enhanced receiver,” which is housed within the slit on the front of the phone where you put your ear during calls. This upgrade would ostensibly deliver louder, clearer audio as well as superior water-proofing (more on that below).
JPMorgan has also postulated that the iPhone 8 will come withincluded. These Bluetooth-enabled headphones currently sell as a $159 accessory (£159 in the UK and AU$229 in Australia). And so this one is a stretch. But if Apple prices the new phone high enough, there could be margin enough to make it happen. Which brings us to…
This one’s way up in the air. Sources ranging from Morgan Stanley to Fast Company to, most recently, Goldman Sachs are talking about an iPhone 8 that could cost more than $1,000 in the US (roughly £800 or AU$1,350). A UBS analyst has theorized that the 64GB entry-level model would start at $850 — just like the new Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus — and that the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus would cost $649 and $749, respectively.
One area in which the iPhone 8 may end up trailing the Galaxy S8 is cellular network speed. The Samsung phone features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor or, in some markets, Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 chip — both of which support Gigabit LTE. According to CNET’s Roger Cheng, Apple uses Qualcomm and Intel modems and, at the moment, the Intel version can’t deliver Gigabit LTE speed. This could force Apple to slow down the Qualcomm version to ensure all iPhones are on the same footing.
Return of the headphone jack?
A Barclays analyst (reported by MacRumors) has suggested that Apple will stick with its Lightning connector — and include a 3.5mm headphone jack adapter — for the next phone. Highly doubtful. Despite the shade being thrown by competitors like OnePlus, whose new — a less-expensive copycat of the iPhone 7 — has the legacy connector, Apple is very unlikely to reverse its position on this one.
According to Nikkei Asian Review, a company in Apple’s supply chain has confirmed that the iPhone 8 will support wireless charging. This follows reports of multiple groups at Apple working on the technology, and leaked schematic drawings that further support the rumor. MacRumors reports that Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested that all new iPhone models — that would include the “S” series, presumably — will get it.
That same Nikkei Asian Review article also claims that at least one of the forthcoming iPhones will be waterproof. This follows earlier rumors, reported by the Korea Herald and others, that the next iPhone will have a higher of IP68 compared with the current generation’s IP67, meaning it could be immersed in water for longer and at greater depths.
Apple may dump its 32GB model and offer 64GB and 256GB models, according to TrendForce; the report also suggests that the company will boost the amount of memory to 3GB. This incremental bump would follow the recent precedent of Apple ditching its dreaded 16GB model when it released the iPhone 7.
Barclays analysts have predicted that all three forthcoming iPhones — the 7S, 7S Plus and iPhone 8 — will come equipped with Apple’s True Tone technology. If included, this would adjust display settings for ambient lighting conditions as it currently does on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. (The next edition of the iPad Pro is also rumored to have a True Tone display.)
Bringing the GPU in house
Apple is developing its own graphics chips to be used in future versions of products, including the iPhone. But the time frame for phasing out its current supplier is 15 to 24 months, so it’s unlikely that an Apple-manufactured GPU will make it into the next iPhone. We’re probably looking at 2018 or 2019 for this one.
What About the iPhone 9?
From the outer frontier of the iPhone hype cycle, The Bell (via Korean site The Investor) reports that Apple will supersize its future phones, with the iPhone 9 featuring two variations with an OLED display — a 5.28-inch model and a 6.46-inch one.
Probably the Biggest Upgrade
According to the buzz, at least one new iPhone model will have an OLED display. (The iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus are likely to stick with current LCD technology.) Stepping up to a curved OLED panel — as reported by the Wall Street Journal and Nikkei Asian Review — would be a big-time step up for the iPhone (even though, yes, Samsung’s been using one for years). Bloomberg says the iPhone 8’s screen “covers almost the entire front of the device.” And documentation published by Slashleaks suggests that the display could be made of Ion-X glass, like the Apple Watch.
It’s this new display technology, however, that could be one of the major factors possibly pushing back the release date.
The future of the home button
There are rumors that Apple might move it to the back of the phone, as shown in alleged render images leaked on Chinese site Weibo (via Slashleaks) and on Twitter by Apple leaker Sonny Dickson. One analyst firm suggested that there is a “high chance” that Apple will locate it on the back of the iPhone. And Apple could ditch the home button altogether, following in the footsteps of Samsung with its Galaxy S8.
Is Touch ID the Fly in the Ointment?
Today, Touch ID is integrated in the home button. In the future, according to a handful of reports, Touch ID may be embedded directly in the display. However, manufacturing a combination virtual home button/optical fingerprint scanner has apparently been a supreme technical challenge.
According to Economic Daily News reports (via MacRumors), Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company says the company has “finalized a solution.” If not, Apple has other options. Relocating Touch ID to the back of the phone. Eliminating Touch ID. Or delaying the iPhone 8 launch altogether.
Whilst everyone still expects Apple to host a media event in September to announce the next-generation iPhone lineup, there have been several publications indicating that the iPhone 8 may not go on sale until late October. A launch with just 4 million units for the month would certainly be very tense; Apple usually sells over 10 million iPhones in opening weekend alone.