With the iPhone 8 already raking in heaps of attention, Apple Inc.’s fan base has a lot to look forward to next year. Gossip and rumors suggest a much meatier upgrade will come along in 2017. Some outlets have even questioned whether this year’s iPhone 7 will be worth the upgrade?
The general consensus is this; an iPhone 6, bought in 2014, should be on its last legs right about now. Users who have held onto an older model also deserve a pat on the back, but probably need to get a new device anyway. These should be worth replacing due of the greater spec differences between them and the upcoming iPhone 7.
Owners of the 11-month old iPhone 6S, though, can probably hold on to their devices without too much FOMO. If rumors are anything to go by, the 2016 iPhone won’t offer much else besides a slimmer build and resistance to water. Looking beyond the iPhone 7, here’s 3 reasons to get excited for the iPhone 8.
An all-glass iPhone body
Apple Inc. hasn’t taken a swing at a glass-chassised handset since the iPhone 4S. In 2017, Tim Cook and co. are rumored to be bringing a little class back to glass. The company is said to be sure that it can put an innovative switch of the old and make a slimmer and sleeker, glass handset. Those who are worried about the fragility and weight of the device should not fret too much either. With innovations like Gorrila Glass and lighter screen tech, the glass iPhone could be a lot more durable than you might think, and nowhere near as heavy.
Apple says hello to OLED screens
2017 is rumored to be the year that the iPhone says goodbye to LCD. The company’s supply chain reports LCD screen orders to be virtually a fraction of what they were for next year. What little orders are left are suspected to be used on the revamp of March 2016’s iPhone SE. After this year, OLED screens should be used instead of LCD. OLED offers better color contrasts. Bright colors are noticeably more vivid, while darker shades get a lot more depth. OLED also uses less battery due to how it relays pixels. Best of all, the display tech is a lot more flexible, meaning the iPhone 8’s screen won’t crack as easily as its LCD-screened siblings.
Long-range wireless charging
Apple Inc. is reported to be working tirelessly at making long-range wireless charging a reality. We aren’t given a great idea 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 the constant worry of battery drainage if the iPhone can always be wirelessly tethered to a charger. Users should expect much, but next year is reported to be the year that the technology gets put to use on the iPhone.
We can expect a lot more iPhone 8 talk to crop up as we edge closer to 2017. For now, Apple Inc. is highly set on rolling out the 2016 iPhone without a hitch.