This year’s iPhone model is made distinct by a dark and sleeker exterior as well as a bulging dual-lens camera at the rear. And one can’t leave out the lack of a standard 3.5mm audio port, which is still chief among user complaints.
Expert reviews remain fixed on the inconvenient changes of this year’s iPhone and its minimal deviation from the iPhone 6S. Superficially, the iPhone 7 has proven itself a calm variant of last year’s model. Still, the upgrades to the software and performance have not gone unappreciated.
Online reports have suggested that the iPhone 7 is a placeholder from Apple and that the company plans to release a revolutionary handset next year. The upcoming device is commonly referred to as the iPhone 8, a slight twist from the product’s ordinary naming convention. If the rumors are true, it will be a glass-encased handset that blows its rivals out of the water. Ranking at the top of its expected features: the adoption of OLED, wireless charging, innovative use of 3D Touch and a mild obsession with 3D imagery.
Apple is partnering with LG in a venture that will allow its next iPhone to capture 3D images. This is according to a report by the Korea Economic Daily. The outlet cites sources close to the development of a 3D sensor for mobile phones, claiming that the U.S. tech giant and LG plan to instill it on the next iPhone. The rumors are not entirely far fetched. Apple (-NASDAQ:APPLE) has teamed up with LG to make high-end products in the past. Their most recent collaboration produced the new, 27-inch UltraFine 5K by LG — a vivid monitor that relays images at a 5K resolution.
Apple’s growing interest in 3D image technology was proven when its adopted Linx in 2015. Linx is an Israeli start-up that is making headway in the realm of 3D cameras. LG is also pursuing a few 3D camera ventures could bring 3D imagery to the fore on smartphones, with help of Apple.
Apple glass iPhone
It is perhaps the largest piece of talk about the iPhone 8. Reports suggest that the 2017 product will have a glass chassis. This has not been done by Apple since the iPhone 4S. The company is said to be innovating on the design this time around, making it slimmer and more durable in the process. The most obvious drawback is that glass breaks easier and is heavier than tradition aluminum. Ming-Chi Kuo, however, an analyst at KGI Securities, assures the public that this wouldn’t pose much of an issue. Innovations like Gorilla Glass are already used on handsets and are sturdier than ever. Coupled with the lightweight display tech of OLED and Apple can offer a glossier, more durable iPhone, all without significantly changing the overall weight of the device.
Allen Horng, the CEO of Catcher Technology, affirmed the rumor. Horng’s company is a known supplier of Apple Inc.’s iPhone components. According to Macrumors,: “[A]t least one 2017 iPhone model will include a glass backing, but Apple might pair one glass-bodied model an aluminum-bodied model.”
Apple Inc. (-NASDAQ:APPLE) has not verified these rumors and is unlikely to comment on the iPhone 8 until its official release. However, with talks of long-distance wireless charging, an iris scanner and 3D cameras currently in circulation, the excitement for next year’s handset is undeniably piqued. Next Fall will prove how far speculations were from the truth.