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The craze about the next iPhone is going on, and many rumors are already tickling its fans. iPhone has been become a popular Smartphone for the users all around the world, as iPhone series is designed with excellent durability with stylish looks which make the People very attractive. The first iPhone series was released on 2007 and iPhone 6, and iPhone 7 Plus has set a fire on the Smartphone market. Now everyone is eagerly waiting for the iPhone 8.

We have rounded up all the latest rumors and leaks, so if you’re unimpressed by the iPhone 7’s features, get ready for a iPhone 8, you’ll know what next year’s update has in store. According to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal, Apple is currently testing more than 10 different prototypes for its next smartphone which many expect to be called the iPhone 8.

At least one of these prototypes is said to feature a curved OLED display with practically no bezels – similar to that used on Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge. Although there is no functional reason to have a curved screen, Samsung has been seeing significantly higher sales of the curved versions of its Galaxy smartphones. OLED has become the new gold standard of display technology, offering deeper blacks and lower power consumption than traditional LED panels.

Apple has supposedly asked its suppliers to increase OLED output, and it has also requested prototypes of OLED screens that feature “better resolution than ones from Samsung”.

Naming.

Naming the 2017 iPhone the iPhone 8.

2007 – iPhone
2008 – iPhone 3G
2009 – iPhone 3GS
2010 – iPhone 4 (new design)
2011 – iPhone 4s
2012 – iPhone 5 (new design)
2013 – iPhone 5s
2014 – iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (new design)
2015 – iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
2016 – iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
2017 – iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 8 is a tentative name for the device. It has not yet been confirmed by Apple, but it seems to be the most logical choice for a major update

 

Apple’s iPhone 8 will have a glass back and come in THREE different sizes

Samsung’s current displays are 2K resolution, suggesting Apple’s iPhone 8 may have a 4K display which would make it more suitable for virtual reality applications. The majority of the rumors point towards a total of three glass-bodied devices, one of which is equipped with an OLED display, but there is one rumor that suggests Apple will introduce 5.5 and 4.7-inch phones with an aluminum body and a design that’s largely unchanged from the iPhone 7, except for a red color option.

Edge To Edge Display

Design

Apple is allegedly planning a major design overhaul for the iPhone 8. The company is said to be working on an all-glass version of its iconic iPhone, for release in 2017. Apple’s stuck with a largely similar design for the last three iPhones, so we’re expecting a big change for the iPhone 8, not least because it will arrive on the iPhone’s tenth anniversary. That rumor has since been given more weight, with the CEO of the company behind the iPhone’s metal casing claiming that one model of the phone “will adopt glass casing next year.” The other major design change that’s been rumored is the removal of the home button, with Touch ID instead being built into the screen. Apple has added waterproofing to its phones, and the headphone jack is almost certainly gone for good. Rumors suggest it’s going to be a radical redesign, with an edge-to-edge display that does away with the top and bottom bezels where features like the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the front-facing camera are housed. Instead, Touch ID and the camera may be built directly into the display, meaning there will be no Home button.

Camera

An anonymous Apple employee has said the camera will be upgraded. It’s possible that Apple will change the megapixel count from 12MP. There’s also talk from Korea that Apple is working with LG on a “3D photographing” module for the iPhone 8, which could be used to add three-dimensional effects. We wouldn’t expect much change from the front-facing camera, as Apple only just upped that to 7MP for the iPhone 7.

OLED Display

Apple hasn’t done much with its iPhone screens since upping the sizes with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but the iPhone 8 could see the display undergo its biggest change yet, with respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claiming that the iPhone 8 will have a curved flexible AMOLED display, that the phone could even have a higher than QHD resolution. AMOLED is a technology primarily used by Samsung phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S7,

Apple is said to be planning to position the OLED iPhone 8 as a “Premium” model that will perhaps be sold alongside standard flat display 4.7, 5, and 5.5-inch iPhone models, but it is unclear exactly what sizes will be available, which configurations will be sold, and which materials devices will be made out of.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a track record of leaking accurate information on Apple products, published a report in May claiming the American tech firm will completely redesign the iPhone in 2017. Instead of the aluminum casing used in the iPhone 7, Apple will move to an all-glass enclosure. This will be complemented by a new cutting-edge curved flexible OLED display, supplied by Samsung.

AMOLED Display Panel

Samsung will provide Apple with an estimated 40 million AMOLED panels in 2017, potentially supplemented by panels from LG Display, AU Optronics, Japan Display, and Sharp.

The iPhone 8 display could also come in a new 5.0-inch size, or get much larger, with Ming-Chi Kuo claiming it could be up to 5.8 inches, which would make the phone even larger than the 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

This wouldn’t be the first time Apple has used glass in its iPhones. The iPhone 4 and 4s had glass front and back panels, with a stainless steel band sandwiched between the two. However, these phones were plagued by durability issues, with many customers claiming their phones cracked too easily when dropped. “A glass casing may be slightly heavier than an aluminum one of the same thickness, but the difference is so small that the use of the thinner and lighter AMOLED panel will compensate for that.”

Based on information sourced from the Asian supply chain, IHS analyst Kevin Wang also believes the 2017 iPhone will include a “dual-curve” OLED display that covers the left and right edges of the device. It is not clear from Wang’s statement how far the display will extend to the edges of the device or whether it will be a subtle curve for design purposes

There are multiple rumors about the size and type of the panels Apple will be using, and rumors indicate Apple is testing more than 10 iPhone prototypes. One rumor suggests Samsung is supplying Apple with5.5-inch OLED panels, while another says Apple is seeking a 5.8-inch OLED display to be used in one of the iPhone 8 models, and yet another says Apple will debut 5 and 5.8-inch screens.

A source reportedly told Japanese website Nikkei that “Foxconn has been trying glass chassis since last year.” The arguments to be made for a glass smartphone include better antenna reception and more options for wireless charging.

End of the Home button

Apple is planning to get rid of the traditional physical Home button and replace it with a touch-sensitive digital button. This was originally rumored for the iPhone 7, but it’s now looking more likely that it will be one of the major changes coming with the iPhone 8.

Wireless charging

Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn is said to be testing wireless charging modules that are intended for the 2017 iPhone. Wireless charging has become a common feature of some Android smartphones including Samsung’s latest family of devices, although it is still a lot slower than wired charging methods. In fact, Apple might go beyond rivals and offer a truly wireless charger, that works at up to 15ft, with no contact required between the device and the power source.

A report in Bloomberg in January claimed that Apple was working on cutting edge” wireless technology that would allow future iPhones and iPads to be placed further away from charging mats than current smartphones. The unnamed sources said Apple was working on overcoming “technical barriers including loss of power over distance,” and that the technology will feature in iPhones coming out in 2017.

 

Iris scanner

Rumors suggest it could also include features like long-range wireless charging and bio-metric additions like iris or facial scanning. One of the stand-out features of Samsung ‘s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7, is eye-scanning technology, allowing users to unlock their phone by simply looking at it.

Now a report from Chinese-language website MoneyDJ.com, picked up by Digi-times, indicates that Apple may be planning to introduce similar technology with the iPhone 8.

According to the report, a Taiwan-based company called Xintec is to start mass producing iris-recognition chips, some of which will be embedded in the 2017 series of iPhone.

Specification

In March 2016, Nikkei reported that Apple was planning to ditch LCD displays in favor of OLED screens, with the first OLED iPhone arriving in 2017. Then in April, The Korea Herald reported that Samsung had managed to bag the $2.59 billion manufacturing contract. The company is reportedly contracted to supply 100 million 5.5-inch OLED. OLED displays are superior to the LCD panels currently used in Apple’s iPhones because, rather than requiring a backlight, an OLED-based screen lights up individual pixels when necessary. The iPhone 8 is expected to have a 10-nano-meter A11 chip that will be both faster and more efficient, and It’s very likely that the iPhone 8 will run iOS 11, given that iOS 10 has just landed, though what new features that will contain remains to be seen. It will most likely come in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options. an anonymous Apple employee has said the camera will be upgraded. It’s possible that Apple will change the megapixel count from 12MP.

Apple only just moved to a quad-core chip with the iPhone 7 range, so we expect quad-core again for the iPhone 8, with the chip likely called the A11 or the A11 Fusion.  A power boost is a given, with a faster quad-core processor and 3GB or 4GB of RAM likely.

Waterproof iPhone

Apple’s iPhone 7 is water-resistant to a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes – a rating known as IP67, which is the same as the Apple Watch. It therefore makes sense that Apple would carry this through to the iPhone 8. IP67 means it will survive a dip in the sink or down the loo, and it won’t break if you pour a drink over it, but you probably don’t want to take it swimming.

Price

It’s unlikely that Apple’s iPhone 8 will be any easier on the wallet than previous models, but it may not be much more expensive. There aren’t any price rumors yet, but the iPhone 8 is likely to cost a similar amount to the iPhone 7, meaning a starting price of around $649/£599/AU$1,079, rising potentially to around $849/£799/AU$1,379 for the largest (probably 256GB) storage size and even more for the iPhone 8 Plus. Apple’s 32GB iPhone 7 costs £599, while the iPhone 7 Plus starts at £719. That should give you a fairly good idea of what the iPhone 8 will cost.

Release date

Likely to launch early September 2017, Every Apple handset since the iPhone 5 in 2012 has been launched in September. while the events for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6 were both on September 9, 2016 of their respective launch years. The iPhone 7 in 2016 has been launched in September 7. There’s no reason to think that will change for the iPhone 8, so expect to see it in September 2017.

 Apple traditionally releases its latest iPhone in the first two weeks of September, in good time for the start of the Christmas shopping season. So far, there’s nothing to suggest the company will break with tradition. That means we can expect Apple to unveil its new handset either the week of September 4 or September 11.

Apple typically makes its phones available one to two weeks after announcing them, so you should be able to have the iPhone 8 in your hands before the end of September 2017.

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