iPhone 8: Could it be The Catalyst to Re-Ignite Tired Apple Inc. (AAPL)?

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Apple Inc. is just weeks away from unveiling the iPhone 7, according to online reports about the device. The U.S. tech major has made no announcements just yet, but leaks, comments from experts and fan renderings have all given the public a good idea about the general features of the upcoming smartphone. Fans expect a very mild upgrade to come along this year. With Apple products beginning to feel stale to many, Analysts suspect Apple is holding back a revolutionary upgrade for next year’s edition of its flagship device. It could be the catalyst Apple needs to re-ignite the product line.

The iPhone 8 is commanding a considerable amount of news coverage. Experts close to the company’s supply chain have already said a lot about the gadget. It even outdoes the iPhone 7 in a few news circles, despite the product being more than a year away from release. Reports describe an new face lift, amazing screen tech and a revival of the glass-encased design.

Apple Inc (AAPL) iPhone 8
iPhone 8 rendering by iPhoneconcepts.com

Iris Scanner

It is reported that the iPhone 8 will feature an iris scanner as well as facial recognition.This is according to KGI Securities — a leading analyst firm and trusted reporter of Apple Inc.’s ventures. Not much has been said about how these two qualities will be put to use. However, fans of the iPhone can probably expect them to form part of the iPhone 8’s security features.

Always playing catch-up to its chief rival Samsung, the latest of the Galaxy Note series, the Galaxy Note 7, comes equipped with a iris scanning feature. It is a step up from traditional fingerprint readers and offered better protection without making access to the device a laborious task.

OLED Screen

Apple Inc. may be letting go of LCD in favor of OLED displays. This will make the iPhone 8 more resistant to screen damage, bringing in a new durability element to the iPhone along with better displays. OLED screens are lot more flexible than LCD and normal LED.  The screen tech also offers better color and more vivid displays. Beyond that, the display tech consumes less power. OLED allows for faster responses as well.

No Apple iPhone 7S

The traditional titling that Apple uses for its iPhone upgrades is expected to take a bit of a skip next year. Fans of the company likely expect Apple to drop an iPhone 7S in 2017. This won’t be the case according to macrumors.com. Considering the features and significance of next year’s gadget, it is thought that Apple might skip the traditional S upgrade and move straight to iPhone 8.

“So there’s a good chance that Apple may decide to skip directly to the next full number, naming the 2017 iPhone the iPhone 8.”

2017 will mark a decade of iPhone production and only a device fitting of such title will do. Bearing this, an S upgrade might be too calm a release for what will be the Cupertino giant’s 10th anniversary iPhone. The name iPhone 8 has not be confirmed by the company, but experts believe it to be the most “logical” choice considering the weight of the 2017 iPhone.

Glass body iPhone 8

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 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 aluminium. Ming-Chi Kuo, however, an analyst at KGI Securities, assures the public that this wouldn’t pose much of an issue. Innovations like Gorrila 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.”

The iPhone 8 should boast a faster A11 chip, increased storage, wireless charging, waterproofing and a continuation of Apple Inc.’s audio jack-less feature.

The gadget will be launched in September 2017. For now, Apple Inc.’s more immediate iPhone 7 holds much of the world’s focus.

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