It’s been 10 years since the iconic iPhone first hit the market and became one of the most popular, must-have devices on the planet.
Apple have long been at the forefront of innovation in the tablet and smartphone market but things seem to have stagnated a little in recent years. That could be because the company is planning some major changes for the new iPhone 8.
The rumours are currently filling up thousands of webpage copy and there is a sense of anticipation in the air. But what exactly is the next reincarnation of the iPhone likely to deliver?
What Will it Look Like?
According to some reports, Apple has been testing as many as ten different models before they settle on their final choice for this year’s release. Some experts have used this to suggest that the phone is going to go through a sweeping redesign which could include losing the top and bottom bezels with the touch screen ID being included directly on the display. That would increase the size of the screen for users, of course. There’s also a suspicion that Apple will also now switch from LED to OLED that could, realistically, allow them to develop thinner devices. If this seems a little like the recent Samsung offerings, you won’t be far off the mark.
Apple may be going back to iPhone 4 territory, getting rid of the aluminium body and replacing it with a steel frame and glass body. Other changes could be an improvement on water resistance though the lightening port, which caused some consternation in the past, is expected to stay.
Inside the iPhone 8
While look is one thing, what the phone does is probably going to be more important to avid fans. First of all, expect it to be even more responsive with the inclusion of better A11 chip technology. Apple are also looking to include more complex biometrics including iris identification.
For both front and back facing cameras, there’s an expectation that image stabilisation tech will be included. If you’re a fan of 3D, you might get excited that there are rumours of including this capability for the front facing iPhone 8 camera though this is by no means certain. Some think that smartphone camera tech is one of the biggest ways that manufacturers can start to differentiate their products.
Apple may include a vertical dual camera but what benefits this is going to deliver apart from aesthetic is difficult to gauge. There are also rumours that the camera may be more augmented reality (AR) focused than previously thought, which could mean that there are radical hardware changes on the cards.
iPhone 8 Models
There have been far more rumours about the different iPhone models that are going to be available towards the end of 2017. At the moment, we’re looking at three possible incarnations: a premium OLED and two standard LED. Sizes may vary between 4.7, 5.5 and 5.8 inches. Certainly for the OLED model we could well see a stainless steel frame mixed with glass as per the iPhone 4 incarnation.
OLED displays, which Apple are actually sourcing from Samsung, will enable thinner devices if used and will reduce the requirement for backlighting. There’s also better picture quality but the disadvantage is that OLED displays are less water resistant. Whether displays are curved or not has also been a subject of discussion on many iPhone sites. The money is on the OLED model having a slightly curved display but not equivalent to the Samsung.
While the next version of the iPhone is due to hit the streets in September 2017, there are also rumours that this may be delayed. That could be symptomatic of Apple not being able to settle on the final design or it could be a case of fuelling expectation for marketing purposes. In the end, we’ll just have to wait and see what the new phone puts on the table.