WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR ABOUT THE IPHONE 8
We have roughly eight months before we see the unveil of Apple’s new iPhone, but these are the things the tech world is buzzing about:
iPhone 8 Release Date
The easiest and most prevalent rumor to speculate about is the iPhone 8 release date, mostly because every iPhone since the iPhone 5 (with the exception of the SE) has been released in September. Apple holds a special announcement event every year—usually in the first or second week of September—so expect things to stay the same for the iPhone 8.
Of course, that’s not to say Apple couldn’t mindfuck everyone and just release a less-awful version of the iPhone 7 and save the iPhone 8 for a 2018 release. Luckily, given the decline in sales and orders for the iPhone 7, coupled with the literal months of bad press for Apple’s whole “Courage” thing, it seems very unlikely that they’d release something else under the iPhone 7 moniker.
iPhone 8 Design
Prospects for the iPhone 8 design are looking bright, seeing as the phone is due for a serious upgrade. In fact, Apple designers caught a lot of flack for having the same design for their last three model releases.
So far, speculations point to some pretty massive changes coming to the iPhone 8 design, including a return to the all-glass body, harkening back to the iPhone 4 days. And before all you clumsy nerds freak out over the idea of a brittle all-glass body, understand that new-age hardened Gorilla Glass makes the design more feasible than ever before.
There’s also big talk about a curved edge-to-edge display, which would most likely integrate the home button, touch ID, and front camera into the screen itself, and bring the iPhone 8 up-to-speed with the competition.
iPhone 8 Specs and Features
When the iPhone 7 dropped with a standard and incredibly outdated LCD screen, critics and consumers alike were shocked. AMOLED is the industry standard at this point, and Apple’s defiant move to stay with its outdated display was mindboggling. Consequently, rest assured the folks at Apple already know the iPhone 8 specs and features are going to have to be damn competitive in order to bring the legendary smartphone back into the limelight.
One of the biggest rumors about the iPhone 8 specs and features is screen size options. Most rumor sites are reporting that, in addition to the standard 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens currently available on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the iPhone 8 will also receive a 5.8-inch treatment. Although, it’ll be interesting to see how the 5.5 will compete with the 5.8, or how Apple will make the difference between the two models appealing enough for consumers.
Additionally, there’s still light talk of a hybrid 5-inch model that features vertical dual-lens cameras. Of course, there’s no telling how accurate that may or may not be.
The iPhone 8 specs are also rumored to feature an even newer A11 processor, which is some pretty big news that’ll again make the new iPhone the fastest smartphone in the world (by far).
According to rumors, the new iPhone is also headed for an upgrade to an IP68 water and dust resistance rating, which means it’ll be able to stay submerged in up to 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes, which will finally put it up to snuff with Samsung’s Galaxy S7.
Oh, and there might be wireless charging—finally.
iPhone 8 Camera
According to KGI Securities analyst and legendary Apple product foreteller Ming-Chi Kuo in a report released the day the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus became available for pre-order, the iPhone 8 will only feature a dual camera on the “iPhone 8 Plus” because the consumer-wide appeal of the high-tech lenses would only attract photographers and “avid picture takers.”
The only other news for the cameras is that the rear-facing camera may feature an upgraded 14MP sensor, and that the front-facing camera may be integrated into the display itself.
iPhone 8 Price
Finally, let’s get down to brass tacks—the iPhone 8 price. The iPhone 7 starts at $649 and the iPhone 7 Plus at $769. According to baseline speculation—and let me place very large emphasis on the fact that this is basic speculation—the iPhone 8 price will probably come in somewhere in the $1,100-1,200 area.