iPhone 8: Expensive Glass
It is once again time to speculate on Apple’s upcoming flagship smartphone’s specs and wonder whether it’s better to wait a little longer for the one next year instead.
This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the iPhone range of Apple products. The iPhone has come a long way since its first iteration ten years ago, and for a few years it seemed that its design reached a plateau (see iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7). Yet, if the rumours about this year’s iPhone are right, then we’re in for a major revamp.
Like the Samsung Galaxy S8, rumours seem to all agree that the iPhone 8 will have an OLED glass edge-to-edge display. This means that its screen to body ratio will be the greater than any other iPhones that came before it.
The iPhone 8’s dimensions will be approximately 143.5 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm and will be thicker than iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
iOS 11 calls itself the ‘world’s most advanced mobile operation system’.
They are changing the interface of the iPhone and iPad slightly, however there seems to be more impact on the iPad than the iPhone. The new operating system will feature an improved augmented reality framework that allows users to further immerse themselves into the virtual worlds of games and apps.
There will also be better live photos; three new features are coming soon: loop, bounce, and long exposure. Additionally, cameras will have more filters, including a next-generation compression technology that compresses photos without decreasing the original quality.
Apple has also redesigned their App Store interface and improved their Messenger app to include QuickType keyboard, which is available when you only have on hand to spare.
Siri will also be able to learn about you and your likes via the way you use your device. This information will be encrypted to maintain your security.
The New Control Centre interface will allow you to change the modules to suit your preferences. Control your home with your phone.
Do Not Disturb While Driving – this feature will disable notifications when it senses that you are driving. You can turn it via the new control centre.
Recent sources have also predicted the iPhone 8 will come with iOS 12.
There are rumours that the iPhone 8 might not come with fingerprint recognising technology at all. Instead of Apple’s Touch ID, the screen would just be completely OLED. However, contradicting this information, another source has reported that Apple’s upcoming flagship will have Touch ID but on the back of the device instead.
The actual location of where the fingerprint sensor will be situated offers some debate. Mock-ups show the home button placed beneath the Apple Logo; this is much like what is seen in the Google Pixel. Another suggestion is that the Apple Logo itself will be transformed into a Touch ID compatible feature.
Rumours say that the iPhone 8 will feature iris scanning in lieu of the Touch ID. Features might include: biometric authentication (as seen in the Samsung S8), 3D depth perception, Presence Technology (Apple has filed a patent for the recognition of movement and skin tones).
According to Bloomberg, the facial recognition function can unlock in milliseconds. It will take in more data points than the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which makes it apparently more secure.
Other (rumoured) features:
Is the price worth it? Only time can tell. But one thing’s for sure, it’s going to look a lot different than the other models before it.
iPhone 8, iPhone Edition, iPhone X, whatever the name will be. This phone will mark the beginning of a new age of smartphones in the hand-held device industry.
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