Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) always proves that it knows its own developments better than any analyst out there. This week sees the iPhone producer once again do exactly that. However, you have got to hand it to the rumor mill. Sources are certainly getting better at sniffing out what the premium tech company has up its sleeve.
It can’t be denied that this very blog contributed to the iPhone 8 rumor mongering over the last 12 months. If you want to look at some of our predictions, just for a really good laugh, click here, or here. Oh, and you will love how silly this one was.
Fans mostly got the iPhone that everyone was speaking about this year. Maybe that is the reason AAPL shares closed lower yesterday despite a huge device unveiling. The element of surprise gets investors going. With APple, Inc. unable to keep their developments under wraps, market watchers have already accounted for what Tuesday evening would bring.
“Long-distance wireless charging” was a tad overblown, but not off the market. With gadget makers now making smartphones equipped with 360 view cameras, and Apple’s growing interest in augmented reality apps, the public can’t be blamed for expecting an iPhone with a 3D camera.
Apple tries to keep new products under lock and key until their unveiling. While the public may sometimes get a few correct snippets of information, for the most part, news outlets stick their wet fingers in the air, cite “trusted” sources, and report on whatever gets clicks.
Even though there are crazier guesses than we’ve listed below, Apple, Inc. probably amazed at these 4 iPhone 8 predictions.
Apple, Inc. defies naming convention
So, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are here, along with the iPhone X. Three iPhones in 2017. Supply chain sources were rather spot-on with name predictions, as well as the number of smartphones. This year also marks the biggest name twist since the iPhone 3Gs.
If Apple cared much about title consistency, this year’s iPhones would flaunt the names 7s and 7s Plus. Then again, how could they with such risk of seeming inferior to their biggest rivals. All the say in South Korea, the corporation’s biggest smartphone rival has a Galaxy S8 and recent Galaxy Note 8.
There is also the spectacular return of Nokia’s smartphone brand to consider. Now under HMD Global, the communications giant released an Android flagship last month called the Nokia 8. The perception that comes with numbers might have been too big a risk for Apple, Inc. to overlook. A greater number might mean a more advanced device in the mind of consumers.
Besides that, 7s and 7s Plus might have come across as a mild upgrade. That certainly would not do. Not in the year of the iPhone’s ten year birthday. The name iPhone 8 does come as a surprise, though. Neither does the flagship iPhone X, which actually pronounced “ten”.
Those close to the company’s developments also suggest the end of “S” cycle from hereon out. Then again, what do they know?
It was perhaps the biggest piece of gossip about the 2017 bonus iPhone. Online news outlets pushed the idea that this year’s iPhone X would flaunt a beautiful, sleek glass chassis. The last time Apple, Inc. went with a similar idea was with the iPhone 4S. Analysts already predicted the idea was getting revived. The most trusted individuals backed the rumor, too.
“At least one 2017 iPhone model will include a glass backing,” Allen Horng said earlier this year. He is the CEO at Catcher Technology. “Apple might pair one glass-bodied model an aluminum-bodied model,” he added. His predictions did not disappoint.
It is not hard to imagine how Apple would have innovated on its old “glass-covered” iPhone design. They could even make it slimmer and more durable in the process. Yet there are obvious drawbacks too, like being prone to shattering. A trusted conveyor of Apple, Inc. developments said this would not be much of a problem, though.
Right on the money
Ming-Chi Kuo’s everyday occupation includes analytics work for KGI Securities. He assured the public that Apple, Inc. could easily realize a “glass” iPhone and not compromise its durability.
The smartphone market has already seen innovations like Gorrila Glass come into widespread use. Couple this with lightweight OLED displays, and Apple, Inc. could have produced a glossier, more durable iPhone. Better still, Ming-Chi assured also assured readers that all of the above could be done without significantly altering the overall weight of the phone.
As would turn out, Apple, Inc. had steel-reinforced glass instilled in the iPhone’s design. We will have to wait for reviewers’ feedback to see how great an idea that was. The company’s Phil Schiller claims the new gadget has the “most durable glass ever in a smartphone”.
But the glass was mostly done to all for this next feature.
Long distance wireless charging?
So we lucked out on that long distance part. Apple, Inc. was thought to be working tirelessly to bring long-range wireless charging to the market. It is easy to see how this rumor got blown out of proportion. The iPhone corporation makes no excuses about how much it hates cables. The technology is not new either. Just look at the high-end smartphones of leading rival Samsung and a few others.
Admittedly, fans thought Apple, Inc. would raise the bar by allowing users to be a reasonable distance away from the charging pad. The tech major would have been the first phone maker to rid its users of the constant concerns about battery drainage. That, if the iPhone X could wirelessly tether to a charger over a reasonable distance. The prediction seems silly looking back, does it not?
3D camera images
It is also easy to see how the idea about inverted 3D images came up. This particular rumor broke off a widely publicized misconception about the 3D facial recognition capabilities.
The iPhone X rids users of the need to register their thumb prints. It welcome iPhone fans to the incoming era of Face ID. The phone maps its owners face during the setup phase. He or she can then unlock the device, confirm access to apps, and even verify payments just by holding the device up to their face.
It is a pretty nifty feature, one that was reported months before Tuesday. Shares are reflective of underwhelmed investors, having closed lower on the day of the big reveal. It is likely that the tech firm has to work on keeping things under wraps. Yesterday came with no surprises to anyone who has been following the headlines. The event showcased a new Apple Watch and TV, too.