Rumors are swirling about the iPhone 8, which will feature an all-glass body and curved-edged display technology. Reports suggesting that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is preparing to unveil the new iPhone model next year with revolutionary features and specs. The iPhone 8 is rumored to be launched on the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone.
It has been speculated that the tech giant will give the iPhone 8 a makeover, and the device may come with virtual and augmented reality technology. Reports also say that the model could be equipped with an OLED screen, long-range wireless charging and even an all-glass body. In wake of Google’s latest smartphone, Pixel and Pixel L, and Microsoft-rumored Surface Phone, the iPhone maker could introduce more surprising features in the 2017 iPhone.
Let’s take a look at latest rumors surfacing about the iPhone 8.
No Home Button
Apple is killing the iPhone’s iconic home button in the iPhone 8, suggests a report in Bloomberg. The home button will be replaced with fingerprint sensors that would be built into the screen, the report said. There is no idea what technology is going to replace the home button in the iPhone 8. The company might develop touch and display driver integration (TDDI) chips with “integrated fingerprint sensors.”
All Display Front Surface
According to the rumors mill, the iPhone 8 will have an all-display front surface. There won’t be any bezels or borders, according to John Gruber, who is famous Apple blogger and podcaster, Business Insider reported.
All-Glass iPhone Body
Apple Inc. hasn’t taken a swing at a glass-chastised handset since the iPhone 4S. The company is rumored to be bringing a little class back to glass. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a report that the the iPhone 8 would feature glass front and back design like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s. The analyst forecasts the device will use either a stainless steel or aluminum metal casing with higher end models likely to feature stainless steel.
Rumors suggest that the iPhone maker will says goodbye to LCD in 2017. 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.
The new smartphone is rumored to have an OLED screen, which offers better color contrasts. OLED uses less battery due to how it relays pixels, and is more flexible than LCD displays. OLED screen reduces chance of scratches and screen cracks.
Long-Range Wireless Charging
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is reported to be working tirelessly at making long-range wireless charging a reality. A reasonable distance can be expected for the iPhone 8. This could end 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.
Apple iPhone 8 Release Date
As far as the iPhone 8 release date is concerned, there are mixed rumors. Rumors suggesting that the smartphone will arrive in September. The company is expected to be announced between the first and second week of September next year, according to a report in Mirror.
Few reports are speculating that Apple may release the device on June 29, the same date when the first iPhone smartphone was launched more than nine years ago.
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