Apple Inc. has engaged a team of experts in Israel to work on the iPhone 8, which is likely to debut next year with a radical redesign, Business Insider reported, citing an employee at the site. The U.S. tech behemoth wants to build a completely new device to celebrate the iPhone’s 10-year anniversary next year. The 2017 iPhone is rumored to have a radical redesign, with an edge-to-edge display. The next year’s iPhone may come with virtual and augmented reality technology.
iPhone 8 in Israel
The employee, who wanted not to be disclosed, told Business Insider that Apple’s Israel office is developing hardware for the iPhone 8. The employee said that they work on all of the company’s new products.
The unnamed person, who solders components for the iPhone maker, disclosed that the iPhone 8 would be “different” from the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7, which have been criticized for being too similar to their predecessors.
The local Apple employee also told the publication that the iPhone 8 would come with a better camera than that of the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7.
The U.S. tech giant opened has about 800 employees at its Herzliya office, which is about four years old and situated approximately 15 kilometers north of Tel Aviv’s city center, Business Insider reported.
The company setup the office after buying two startups: Anobit, a flash memory designer Anobit, in 2012 and the 3D sensor developer PrimeSense in 2013. The company also acquired Israeli camera firm LinX.
Sources close to Apple said the tech giant used the research-and-development facility in Herzliya to develop hardware such as chips, storage, cameras, and wireless technologies.
Last year, during a trip to Israel, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the Herzliya office was his company’s second-largest R&D facility in the world, according to The Times of Israel. The company is now opening a $45-million on a research and development center in China.
Apple 2017 iPhone Specs
Rumors claim that the iPhone 8 will feature a 10-nanometer A11 chip that will be both faster and more efficient.
The new smartphone is rumored to have an OLED screen, long-range wireless charging and an all-glass body. The OLED screen offers a bit more durability and is more flexible than LCD displays. In addition to reducing chance of scratches and screen cracks, OLED also provides better color contrasts for deeper and darker shades and more vibrant bright colors.
The iPhone 8 would come with wireless charging and biometric features like facial recognition or an iris scanner.
A report in Nikkei Asian Review suggested that the company may add a full curved glass case in one of the iPhone 8 models on the front with an AMOLED edge-to-edge display similar to the Galaxy S7 Edge. The interesting point here is that Samsung might be supplying the curved OLED displays for the iPhone 8.
According to Bloomberg, Apple maker may kill the iPhone’s iconic home button in the iPhone 8. The company will replace the button with fingerprint sensors that would be built into the screen, according to the publication. According to a report published in Forbes, there’s still no idea what technology will replace the Home button in the iPhone 8. The report also suggested that the company would need to develop touch and display driver integration (TDDI) chips with “integrated fingerprint sensors.”
If tradition continues, Apple will release the iPhone 8 in the fall of 2017.