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Engineers Working On Next-Gen iPhone 8 3D Sensor: Rumors, Release Date

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Apple Inc. is reportedly working on a completely redesigned iPhone 8, which is expected to be launched in September 2017 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. Robert Scoble, a tech blogger, tech strategist, and current entrepreneur, revealed new details about the next iPhone in a recent Facebook post. Scoble claims that the iPhone 8 will be “a clear piece of glass… which will put holograms on top of the real world like Microsoft HoloLens does”. The next smartphone is expected to be a game-changer with a revolutionary design and features.

Scoble said the smartphone will have an OLED screen, and eye sensors. He notes that the phone has a next-generation 3D sensor from Primesense, which was acquired by Apple. The iPhone maker has 600 engineers working in Israel on just the 3D sensor, according to Scoble, who also noted that eye sensors will enable “the next iPhone to have a higher apparent frame rate and polygon count than a PC with an Nvidia 1080 card in it.”

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iPhone 8 rendering by iPhoneconcepts.com

Here are the top iPhone 8 predictions.

OLED Display

The iPhone 8 is expected to have OLED (organic light-emitting diodes) display, which is better than LCD because they create their own light and don’t need to be backlit. Since the OLED display works without a backlight, it can be thinner and lighter than an LCD (liquid crystal) display. In low ambient light conditions such as a dark room, OLEDs can achieve a higher contrast ratio than an LCD. The OLED screen uses less battery due to how it relays pixels, and is more flexible than LCD displays. OLEDs also reduce chance of scratches and screen cracks.

Clear Piece of Glass

Scoble said in his Facebook post that “the next iPhone will be, I am told, a clear piece of glass (er, Gorilla Glass sandwich with other polycarbonates for being pretty shatter resistant if dropped) with a next-generation OLED screen (I have several sources confirming this).” KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the iPhone 8 would feature glass front and back design like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s. The analyst expects that the device will use either a stainless steel or aluminum metal casing with higher end models likely to feature stainless steel.

No Home Button

Apple Inc. is widely expected to kill the iPhone’s iconic home button in the iPhone 8, according to 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.”

Iris Scanning Technology and Dual Camera

The iPhone 8 is rumored to come with iris scanning feature. Reports from the company’s supply chain have suggested that Apple is working on an iris scanning technology, which will scan the iris of your eye and protect your device from unauthorized access. According to the reports, the iPhone maker is sourcing iris scanning chips from Taiwan-based supplier Xintec. Kuo believes the dual-lens camera introduced in the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus will continue to be a feature exclusive to “high-end” iPhone models in 2017. If the company offers two iPhone sizes next year, the dual-lens camera feature is likely to feature in the iPhone 8 Plus. The analyst expects that future models will come with optical image stabilization (OIS) for both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses.

Release Date

Apple Inc. is expected to unveil three new models of the iPhone 8 in September of 2017.

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