It’s hard to believe, but 2017 is the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone. With a full decade under its belt, you just know Apple is going to have something pretty special cooked up for its next smartphone, the iPhone 8. Rumors have been swirling for a while now, and there are some pretty huge changes and really wild features in store this time around. Here’s what we’ve heard so far.
A totally new look
Okay, so the iPhone 7 was pretty much just like the iPhone 6 and 6s, at least in terms of looks, and that was a big disappointment to anyone who was expecting a total redesign. Well get ready, because whispers from industry insiders suggest the next iPhone will have the following:
An even bigger screen — The iPhone 8 is likely to sell alongside the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, expanding on the two-version iPhone lineup that Apple has been working with for a few years now. Insiders suggest there will be three phones launching at the same time, including a 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus, and a new 5.8-inch model, the iPhone 8, which will include all these fancy new features.
A curved screen — The front screen is said to be curved on the left and right side, bending over the edge of the phone ever so slightly, and making the screen feel like it has no bezel at all.
Full glass body — It won’t just be the big curved front of the iPhone 8 that’s made of glass, but the whole rear panel as well. Remember the iPhone 4 and 4s, with the flat, industrial glass panels on the front and back? The iPhone 8 is rumored to apply that same idea, but with curved, rounded glass on both sides.
No home button — Apple already ditched the physical clicky home button in favor of the flat glass notch that the iPhone 7 has, and the iPhone 8 could remove that indentation completely, leaving nothing but a perfectly uniform glass panel on the front of the phone.
Integrated camera and Touch ID
Without a home button, how are you going to unlock the phone or navigate the UI? Well, early leaks say the home button’s functionality will still be there, with built-in Touch ID integrated right into the display itself, which will be super cool if it turns out to be true. Likewise, the front-facing selfie camera will be built into the screen, too, so you’ll be able to snap all the best portraits even if you can’t see the camera lens itself. Super futuristic.
A few Android phones have had wireless charging for a while now, but as always, Apple is late to the party. Analysts expect the iPhone 8 will finally be Apple’s entry into the wireless charging world, and now that they’ve had a few years to perfect the technology it’s a good bet that they’re absolutely right.
Early speculation is the 10th-anniversary iPhone could integrated augmented reality, technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view. Apple CEO Tim Cook has routinely talked up AR and the company has built a team to pursue a market forecast to grow 81% to $165 billion by 2024, according to Global Market Insights.
AR is Apple’s “best bet to make a leap in smartphone functionality,” says David Kirkpatrick, founder of Techonomy Media, a conference and media company. “AR and voice input are key sellers.”
Maybe even a new name
Probably the craziest rumor of them all is that Apple might abandon the numerical naming scheme entirely, which would mean the iPhone 8 wouldn’t even really be the iPhone 8 at all. Some insiders are saying that Apple may be planning on calling the new top-of-the-line phone the “iPhone Edition,” and since the most premium Apple Watch was called Apple Watch Edition, that might make sense.
It’s also pretty logical that Apple would eventually give up on the numbered naming convention sooner or later anyway, since going on that way leaves you with “iPhone 11, 12, 13” and that all sounds pretty silly. If Apple does ditch the 8, it would match what Apple has done with the iPad and MacBook, too, where each new version is simply the same standard name.
Now here’s what I really want them to do
Better battery life. My current iPhone 7 Plus is dead by 4pm everyday. I want better battery life and I want it now.
Lower prices. $1,000 + dollars for a smartphone? There has to be a way to make these less expensive and still freaking fantastic. It’s true, I love the camera, video, and fact that it’s even a tiny PC in there, but still – I don’t want to sell a kidney to afford a smartphone.
Siri to actually work. Siri needs to be as good as Amazon’s Alexa – and she’s not.
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