THE FEATURES TO WATCH
The iPhone 8 will mark the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone, but will it live up to the hype? A new OLED display, 3D face scanning feature and wireless charging are just a few of the rumored features of Apple’s next flagship. It’s also expected to sport a fresh new design.
Here are the most compelling (and likely) iPhone 8 rumors so far. And be sure to check out our mega iPhone 8 rumor roundup for even more detail on every spec and feature.
DESIGN: ALMOST ALL SCREEN
A slew of CAD drawings, renderings, and schematics have leaked that all show a similar, if not identical, device. The latest information suggests the iPhone will come with the highest screen-to-surface-area ratio of any smartphone on the market. The display will cover its face but won’t be curved. At the top of its face will sit the only area that won’t be display. In that area, which KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is calling a “notch,” Apple will place the iPhone’s earpiece and front-facing camera.
The iPhone 8 will reportedly have glass on the front and back and sport a piece of metal around its spine to separate the two panels.
WHERE WILL THE FINGERPRINT SENSOR GO?
Arguably the biggest iPhone 8 debate is over exactly where Apple will place the iPhone 8’s fingerprint sensor. Early on, reports pointed to Apple baking the Touch ID sensor into the display. After all, the schematics and mock-ups show no holes on the back for a fingerprint sensor.
However, a recent report from Ming-Chi Kuo suggests Apple will not offer Touch ID through the iPhone’s display. Kuo didn’t, however, provide an alternative. So, while we believe Touch ID is indeed coming to the iPhone 8, we still don’t know how it could be implemented. It’s arguably the biggest question mark surrounding Apple’s next handset.
OLED SCREEN IN JUST THE RIGHT SIZE
The iPhone 8 will be the first Apple phone to sport an OLED display, which promises richer colors, better black levels and improved viewing angles. Most reports say Apple is sticking to a flat screen that won’t have curved edges like Samsung’s Galaxy S8 line. It might, however, have a slight bend like its current 2.5D iPhone 7 display.
Regardless, all signs are pointing to the iPhone 8 being about the same size as Apple’s iPhone 7. However, because its screen ratio is so high, there’s a good chance the smartphone’s display will measure around 5.8 inches, making it a bit larger than the iPhone 7 Plus’ 5.5-inch screen.
LONG-AWAITED WIRELESS CHARGING
Although we haven’t heard much about Apple’s battery plans, the company appears set to unveil wireless charging in the iPhone 8, making it the first of its smartphones to come with the feature.
Additionally, some reports have said that Apple is planning to bundle a Tristar 3 Hydra chip inside the phone, which should allow for fast charging.
A DIFFERENT TAKE ON CAMERAS
The iPhone 7s, the smallest of the three Apple smartphones expected to be released this year, will reportedly come with a single-lens, rear-facing camera. The other Apple handsets — the iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 8 — will come with dual-lens cameras.
However, while Apple has clung to a horizontally aligned rear camera in the iPhone 7 Plus (and is likely to do the same in the iPhone 7s Plus), the company won’t follow that strategy in the iPhone 8.
According to most leaks and renderings, the iPhone 8’s rear-facing camera will be vertically aligned, which might or might not deliver better images. Apple is also said to be spending considerable time on the front cameras and will add 3D-sensing capabilities to boost its augmented-reality features.
3D FACE SCANNING
A Bloomberg report says Apple is working on a new facial-scanning feature that could be used to replace Touch ID. According to the report, a 3D sensor would be used to unlock the iPhone 8, as well as authorize payments through Apple Pay. It’s not clear whether the sensor will be discrete or integrated into the front camera.
SERIOUSLY POWERFUL A11 CHIP
Apple’s iPhone 8 won’t be a slouch on power. Quite the contrary, it’s expected to sport with Apple’s A11 Fusion processor, the next iteration of the company’s powerful chip. Additionally, the iPhone 8 could ship with 3GB of RAM and come with between 64GB and 256GB of storage. There are already some early benchmark numbers for the iPhone 8, and if they’re accurate, Apple’s phone would blow away the Galaxy S8.
Apple’s other new iPhones for this year — the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus — will similarly feature the A11 Fusion chip. However, they’re expected to come with 32GB of storage in the base model. The iPhone 7s is rumored to offer only 2GB of RAM, but the iPhone 7s Plus will reportedly match the iPhone 8 with 3GB of onboard memory.
RELEASE DATE: DELAYED OR NOT?
All signs point to Apple unveiling the iPhone 8 at a press event in September. When it actually might hit store shelves, however, is a major question mark.
Some reports have said that Apple is planning a September launch for the iPhone 8. Others, however, have said that Apple’s suppliers are having difficulty getting the iPhone 8’s OLED panels ready in time, and the handset could be delayed into October or even November, depending on supply and other concerns.
Even then, it’s unknown how many units Apple will have available to customers. Combine that with a possible supply shortage with what’s expected to be huge demand for the iPhone 8, and the handset might be exceedingly hard to buy into 2018.
IT’S GOING TO COST HOW MUCH?
Don’t expect the iPhone 8 to be affordable. In fact, it might just prove to be the most expensive iPhone ever released.
According to some reports, the iPhone 8 might start just below $1,000, but could quickly exceed that mark with versions that come with additional storage. Apple hasn’t set a price on the iPhone 8, of course, but you might want to start saving now.