IPhone fans are betting on a game-changing upgrade to come along this Fall. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is set to mark a decade of the gadget’s production. Industry analysts are adamant that the premium gadget maker’s 2017 model will boast multiple features unseen on previous versions. Today, LearnBonds looks into the upcoming, widely speculated 2017 iPhone. Chances are, fans will be forced to pay a pretty penny in order to get their hands on this special edition.
The upgrade is widely referred to as the iPhone 8, although the company itself is yet to confirm this. Others believe Apple will call it the iPhone X with the roman numeral nicely tying in with its 10-year significance. It is also worth mentioning that the latter title truly sounds like an attractive gadget. Although, beyond the growing rumors about its name and other qualities, analysts claim that this year’s iPhone will come with a considerably beefed up price tag, too.
A pretty penny for the ultimate iPhone.
Pressure is mounting for Apple Inc. in the face of declining iPhone sales. There is more than the need to offer solutions that offset the company’s reliance on handsets. The U.S. technology giant is also expected to give people a glimpse at the next decade of iPhones. If online reports are anything to go on, the iPhone 8 will finally see Apple indulge in better screen technology, revive glass casing features and give it flagship product an even sleeker, more polished look.
All this would of course translate to the product’s market cost as well. The 10th Anniversary upgrade promises to be the ultimate iPhone and analysts like Mark Sullivan of FC Technology are sure that Apple would not pass by the chance to place an ultra-premium price the upcoming special edition. According to Sullivan, buyers can expect this year’s iPhone to cost upwards of $1,000.
Apple has been circling the $1,000 price point for the past two years now. The leading iPhone 7 Plus sets buyers back $969 if they opt for the 256GB model. Although, this boosted price may not be as felt with all of this year’s models. Rumors from supply chain experts hint at three iPhone variants coming our way in September.
There stands to be two rather ordinary upgrades in 2017 thoughts by some to be the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus. It is alleged that in addition to these come the special 10 year anniversary iPhone 8, or iPhone X. Only the latter, top-tier version is expected to host all of the rumored upgrades. It will stand at a greater 5.8 inches, slightly topping the conventional 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes.
Apple and OLED Screens
OLED has seen a huge rate of adoption among handset producers, especially those who make premium smartphones. The likes of Apple believe it comes with its fair share of drawbacks as well. However, the tech’s superiority over LCD and normal LED goes without contest. OLED offers better viewing angles and enhanced, truer images. Dark shades gain added depth while a noticeable vividness is given to brighter colors. The screens are more durable, too. The flexibility of OLED makes them less likely to scratch and crack upon impact. The display tech also offers quicker response times, making them ideal for premium handsets.
The reasoning behind OLED’s mass adoption is not hard to see. Despite this, Apple Inc. has remained an OLED skeptic for years. It is more costly than LCD or LED and has a shorter practical lifetime. These attributes are obvious deterrents to any phone maker seeking to cut costs while pushing out truly resilient smartphones.
No where to go with LCD
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has shied away from OLED long enough. The company now risks falling behind the premium smartphone market while popular rivals make headway with the technology. In the face of reduced iPhone sales and a desperate need to bump them up again, analysts are certain that Tim Cook and his firm would be shouting themselves in the foot if they do not take up the screens this time around.
“We don’t know whether Apple’s OLED iPhones will be a hit,” Tai Jeng-wu reports. He is currently the president at Sharp and believes “if Apple doesn’t walk down this path and transform itself, there will be no innovation. It is a crisis but it is also an opportunity.”
The U.S, tech major has no where else to push LCD. It is old generation tech that features on a revered product, but even iPhone fanatics won’t be so faithful if Apple continues to hold onto to LCD while rivals make use of more exciting displays.
“Apple really needs to put OLED displays into their next model iPhones in order to stay at the leading edge of smartphone innovation,”reports Raymond Soneira. The man is a top analyst at DisplayMate Technologies. “Apple has taken the iPhone LCD display as far as it can go.”
It is reported that the iPhone 8 will feature an iris scanner as well as facial recognition. Not much has been said about how these two qualities will be put to use. Although, fans of the iPhone can probably expect them to form part of the iPhone 8’s security features. Though apple is unlikely to trash its TouchID, an iris scanner would be a step up from traditional fingerprint readers.
Long-range wireless charging
Apple Inc. is reported to be working tirelessly at making long-range wireless charging a reality. We aren’t told a great deal of how far users can be from their chargers for this to work, but a reasonable distance can be expected for the iPhone 8. Apple could be the company that ends constant worry about battery drainage if the next iPhone can wirelessly tethered to a charger over a reasonable distance. Users shouldn’t expect much but 2017 is reported to be the year this the technology gets put to use on the iPhone.
However, it should be noted that all this is based on expert speculation and online rumors. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is yet to make any official comments about its next set of iPhones and fans should approach any talk with a healthy dose of skepticism.
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