Apple Inc. is a little over a month away from unveiling the iPhone 7. This is according to online reports about the device. The U.S. tech major has made no announcements, but leaks and expert commentary reveal a lot about the upcoming smartphone. These reports predict a very mild upgrade though. Many analysts suspect that Apple is saving a revolutionary revamp of its flagship gadget next year.
The iPhone 8 holds a considerable amount of news coverage. This is despite it being more than a year away. Experts close to the company’s supply chain say a lot to about the device. They speak of an all-new face lift, amazing screen tech and even VR capabilities.
No iPhone 7S from Apple
Those who have a grasp on Apple’s naming trends may expect the tech firm to launch an iPhone 7S next year. This won’t be the case according to macrumors.com. Given the massive upgrades that will be placed on the device, it is likely that Apple Inc. will skip the traditional S titling 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.”
An iPhone 7S upgrade might be too mild a name for what will be the consumer tech major’s 10th anniversary iPhone. 2017 will mark a decade of iPhone production and only a device fitting of that title will do. The name iPhone 8 has not been confirmed by the company, but experts believe it to be the most “logical” choice considering the significance of the 2017 iPhone.
Apple Inc. is suspected to be dropping its current use of LCD in favor of OLED screens. The move would usher in a new element of durability and better displays to the iPhone range. OLED screens are lot more flexible than LCD as well as normal LED. This will make the iPhone 8 more resistant to screen damage. OLED also provides better color contrasts and vivid displays. Beyond that, the display tech consumes less power too.
Glass body iPhone 8
Reports suggest that the 2017 iPhone will house a glass body. Apple has not done this since the iPhone 4S and is said to be innovating on the design this time around. The most prominent con might be that glass breaks easier and is heavier than aluminum. Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst, claims that this wouldn’t pose much of issue though. Innovations like Gorrila Glass (already used on handsets) 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 product.
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.”
iPhone 8: faster and more secure
Beyond finger print scanning, KGI securities to believes the iPhone 8 will be instilled with an iris scanner and facial recognition. The company did not elaborate on how these features will be used, but assuming that they will form part of the iPhone’s securities isn’t far-fetched. Apple should continue with the traditional upgrade of its processors too. The iPhone will presumably harbor an A11 chip next year.
Milder upgrades could include increased storage and wireless charging, which is expect to feature on the this year’s iPhone 7 series as well. Apple is also expected to continue with the audio jack-less design suspected to be seen this year.
The iPhone 8 should be released in September 2017. For now, Apple Inc.’s more immediate iPhone 7 range holds much of the tech world’s attention.