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Apple Inc. iPhone 8 “Face ID” Isn’t The Killer App

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to release its drastically overhauled smartphone, dubbed the iPhone 8, in the third quarter of 2017.

There are many rumors out there about the iPhone 8. The 10th-anniversary phone is rumored to feature a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED display, wireless charging, a faster processor, an improved dual camera system, and Touch ID fingerprint sensor built into the screen.

Aside from the OLED screen and wireless charging, augmented reality will be the biggest feature in the iPhone 8.

iPhone 8 and Augmented Reality

Apple is betting big on augmented reality and believes that this technology would make the iPhone even more important to users. The tech giant’s CEO Tim Cook told CNBC that augmented reality is going to make the iPhones “even more essential.”

“I think AR is big and profound,” he went on to say. “This is one of those huge things that we’ll look back at and marvel at the start of it. I think customers are going to see it in a variety of ways and it feels great to get [augmented reality] going at a level that can get all of the developers behind it,” Cook was quoted as saying by Mac Rumors.

Apple iPhone 8 Mockup 1

At the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple introduced ARKit platform in iOS 11 to allow developers to easily build augmented reality apps for iPhone and iPad. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) believes that ARKit will be “the biggest AR platform in the world.”

Rumors suggest that the iPhone 8 will feature a rear-facing 3D sensor to support augmented reality and other camera technology, 9to5Mac reported, citing a report from Fast Company.

Apple is rumored to integrate the 3D sensors into the vertically-aligned dual-camera system located on the back of the premium iPhone. According to the report, the 3D laser system sensor will the iPhone 8 to offer better depth detection for augmented reality.

It seems that the advanced cameras and laser-based 3d sensors will be used for both the new Face ID log in system, and the advanced AR functionality. Given the statements from the CEO, it seems clear which one of those will be the iPhone 8 “killer app.”

iPhone 8 Rumors

Here are latest rumors about the iPhone 8.

1- Apple will add an OLED panel to the iPhone 8. The much anticipated iPhone 8 is said to feature a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge screen.

2- The premium handset is expected to be shipped with iOS 12 and will feature Apple’s A12 processor. It might have 256GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM.

3- The iPhone 8 is rumored to get a 16 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front-facing camera. Latest reports suggest that both the front-facing 4K camera and the rear-facing camera will be capable of recording videos at 60 frames per second.

4- The new iPhone model is said to come with long-distance wireless charging capability. It is expected to feature a glass design to support wireless charging.

5- The upcoming iPhone is said to be more waterproof than the current iPhone models. The premium handset is expected to feature an IP68 water resistance rating, versus the IP67 rating earned by the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.

6- The premium iPhone is rumored to feature a 2,700 mAh battery. A report from Apple Insider claimed that Apple is working on a completely new 2-cell, L-shaped battery design for the new iPhone models.

7- The iPhone 8 is expected to be released in various colors including Silver, Golden, Grey and Rose Gold.

Release Date and Price

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to launch the iPhone 8 along with 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus this fall.

The iPhone 8 could arrive in September or early October. New reports claim that the phone won’t be released in late October or early November because Apple is facing production issues.

As far as the price is concerned, the iPhone 8 is going to a premium handset on the market. The iPhone is said to get a hefty price tag of $1,100.

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