It has been 10 years since the release of the original iPhone, Apple have sold a total of 1.2 BILLION iPhones in that time, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook yesterday told investors during an earnings call last night. This year consumers and investors of the company are keeping a close eye on the iPhone and for good reason, Apple are said to be producing 3 new iPhone’s for the 2017 release:
iPhone 7s – being a smaller S- update to last years iPhone 7
iPhone 7 Plus – again being a smaller S-update to last years iPhone 7 Plus model
iPhone 8 – an all new redesigned iPhone with new features
It is the iPhone 8 that’s the focus at the moment, in fact not much has been spoken about the 7s models, even analysts and leakers are focusing on the iPhone 8 and for good reason, the iPhone 8 is going to be the biggest update for the iPhone since the original iPhone was released, here is what we know so far.
5.8” OLED Display
Faster A11 Processor
Glass Body – Think along the lines of the iPhone 4/4s
Facial Recognition, maybe replacing the Touch ID
No Home button
According to very reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the glass of the iPhone 8 will be built around a polished stainless steel frame that is very similar to the Apple Watch while other models will also feature glass but with an aluminium frame. Just like the iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 is also expected to be water resistant, but may also have an improved IP68 rating.
Inside the iPhone 8 itself is expected to be a 10-nanometer A11 chip that will be both faster and more efficient, rumours are strong that it will also feature inductive charging and biometrics like facial recognition that will be used for the device’s security.
Camera wise the iPhone 8 is said to feature the dual-lens camera with both lenses featuring optical image stabilisation, the camera is also said to have moved from a landscape position to a portrait one, this is said to help with AR features. The front facing camera of the device will include advanced 3D sensing capabilities that use technology by PrimeSense, allowing it to find the location and depth of objects in front of it, enabling advanced 3D facial recognition.
Apple self has accidentally confirmed that a facial recognition system is in the works. Buried in Hompod firmware that was released, there are hints of what’s coming in the iPhone 8.
“FaceDetect” methods inside of BiometricKit address face detection circumstances like faces being too far to too close to the camera, the presence of multiple faces, while additional references are made to infrared functionality, which confirms it will use new infrared sensors for facial recognition even in low light. Apple is using a high pixel density front-facing camera and other advanced sensors. The code name for facial recognition appears to be “Pearl” but it’s not yet clear what Apple will name the feature when it launches.
The iPhone 8 will be positioned by Apple as a “premium” model that will be sold alongside the standard 4.7” and 5.5” iPhone models which will feature the traditional LCD screens. To mark it’s status as a “premium” iPhone the iPhone 8 may only be available in a very limited number of colours. It is also expected that the iPhone 8 “premium” will have a price tag starting at around $1000
In late July Apple released firmware for the upcoming HomePod speaker and “accidentally” released and image of the iPhone 8 that developers were able to dig out of the code itself. The image heavily resembles leaked iPhone 8 parts and designed schematics, featuring a full-front display with thin bezels, no home button, and a notch at the top for the earpiece and and sensors.
Rumours suggest that the iPhone 8 may come in 4 colours, with one of them being a “mirror like” shade that’s more reflective than previous generations of the iPhone.
It looks like the iPhone 8 is shaping up to be a BIG upgrade and one that most iPhone users are going to want, will the rumoured high price tag put you off?