Apple Inc. ’s 2017 iPhone will be called iPhone 8, and not iPhone 7S, confirmed an Apple employee in Israel during a conversation with Business Insider. There were rumors that claimed the same, but nothing was for certain. Also, BI has learned that the Cupertino-based firm is making hardware for the next-gen iPhone at its R&D facility in Herzliya, Israel.
Apple iPhone 8 – better camera, radical design changes
The Apple employee, who the publication spoke to, works on soldering components. The Silicon Valley giant is said to dump the iPhone 7S moniker because the iPhone 8 will have radical design changes with several other improvements. The anonymous employee, who spoke in “broken English,” said the 2017 iPhone would have an improved camera in comparison to the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7, and would come with a major redesign.
Beyond this, the anonymous employee did not discuss any other improvements on the iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 is expected to have an all-glass design that eliminates the needs for bezels on top and bottom. This means the Touch ID and the home button will be embedded into the display. Also, the iPhone 8 is rumored to feature a better camera, wireless charging, an iris scanner for enhanced security, and a faster processor. The release of the iPhone 8 will mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, so Apple Inc. may have some exciting plans for 2017.
Earlier this month, the tech giant released its iPhone 7 with considerable fanfare. But, some censured Apple, saying the design of the iPhone 7 is very similar to that of the iPhone 6s. In addition, the critics have voiced concerns over Apple’s decision to eliminate the headphone jack in the iPhone 7. The tech giant, for its part, touted the enhanced power and the improved camera of the iPhone 7. Also, the iPhone 7 comes with a new home button that has the ability to sense a fingerprint and respond with a vibration, whenever it assists users to complete a function such as make a payment with Apple Pay.
Herzliya facility working on Apple’s all new products
The employee also told the publication that the Herzliya facility is working on Apple’s all new products. The employee further added that the iPhone maker does not assemble its products on Israel. At Apple’s Herzliya R&D facility, there are around 800 employees. After the tech giant acquired Anorbit in 2012 and PrimeSense in 2013, this facility came into existence.
As per the reports, the facility focuses on the development of communication chips, processors, storage, wireless technologies and cameras. In addition, the Herzliya office is Apple’s second largest R&D center, said Apple Inc. CEO – Tim Cook – during his visit to Israel last year. Additionally, the tech giant has an office in Haifa as well that employs nearly 200 people.