The iPhone launch is usually the biggest technology event of the year, but the launch of the iPhone 8 will be even more important, as 2017 marks the 10th Anniversary of the original iPhone With such a momentous occasion at hand, all eyes are on Apple, and all the new features it is expected to bring to the iPhone product line.
iPhone 8 may have an all-glass body
The all-glass body that we last saw Apple use with iPhone 4S is expected to make a comeback, with many iPhone 8 leaks suggesting that the next Apple smartphone will use curved glass on the back. This falls in line with KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s prediction that Apple will not use aluminium or plastic in iPhone 8. The glass body will reportedly be held together by a stainless steel frame on the sides.
iPhone 8 may come in three (or more) screen sizes
While fans have become used to a choice of two flagship iPhone variants (4.7- and 5.5-inch displays) over the past three generations of iPhones, the iPhone rumours say it may come in three screen sizes, or even more. According to analysts citing supply chain sources, Apple may launch iPhone variants with 5-inch, and 5.8-inch, screens.
Apple has reportedly partnered with arch rival Samsung in a $4.31 billion-deal (roughly Rs. 28,799 crores) to supply the OLED displays for iPhone . Samsung is said to be readying as many as 159 million OLED units for the iPhone 8, which is 80% of the 199 Million iPhones sold in 2016. If the figures continue to hold true, then OLED panels may make their way to iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 8, and not just the premium model. At least some of the remaining iPhone OLED units may be supplied by China’s BOE Technology Group, which is spending CNY 99 billion (roughly $14.4 billion or Rs. 96,999 crores) in setting up two AMOLED plants.
iPhone 8 will not have a Home button
This is the most frequently leaked of all rumoured iPhone features: that the iPhone will not have the Home button. Instead, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the selfie camera of the iPhone will be integrated in the touchscreen itself. iPhone may even have some new 3D Touch functionalities that enable it to replace some of the functions of the Home button. The iPhone wraparound OLED screen will reportedly be incompatible with the current 3D Touch. In order to fix this, Apple will move to a ‘film sensor’ which will offer ‘higher sensitivity and a wider range of 3D Touch pressure levels’.
iPhone 8 will probably have wireless chargingAnother common iPhone 8 leaked is wireless charging. While wireless charging has been used by many smartphones, Apple’s take on the feature will be different. Apparently, iPhone 8 will feature long-range wireless charging that will not require the user to place the device on a charging station or even very close to it. South Korea’s Economic Daily News says Apple will use a wireless charging back cover for iPhone 8, so the feature may not be built-in.
iPhone 8 May Debut a New Haptic Feed-Back System
Apple will reportedly use a small, high-performance motor in the iPhone to deliver better haptic feedback. So iPhone buyers may get different vibration feedback for each function, such as switching between apps, going back to the homescreen, and unlocking the device.