Top iPhone 8 rumors ranked most to least credible
BY Aron Devis September 11 2017
As you know there are many rumours going around regarding the iPhone 8. Just like the typical Apple leaks in recent years, we’ve heard trickles of information on just about every piece of the new device, and everything is still up in the air. From the screen to the name everything about the iPhone 8 has been subject to debate in recent weeks.
It’s clear that this is shaping up to be one of the biggest updates that Apple has ever made to its smartphone line.
Courtesy of a large iOS 11 software leak that happened this weekend, there does seem to be some clarification on the latter point. Turns out the cause for so many names floating around is simple: Apple’s delivering a bunch of phones. In extension to the anticipated iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X.
After months of rumors and leaks, Apple’s newest iPhone is set to be unveiled at tomorrow’s press event at Apple’s brand new Steve Jobs Theater. That’s when we’ll finally see which rumored features make the cut. And more importantly, we’ll find out how this new phone measures up to the latest flagship devices from Samsung, the Galaxy S8 and Note 8.
Here, we’ve rounded up all the biggest rumours that we’ve heard about the new iPhone release that is leading up to Tuesday’s unveiling.
A Brand-New Design
The biggest change to the iPhone 8 as we all know (most of us are familiar by now) by now that is most likely to happen is a major redesign. The good news is that it seems that Apple will be radically transforming the phone’s front with a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge bezel-free OLED display that’s much more in line with what’s expected from a modern flagship in 2017 in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone. There will be a lot more screen real estate jammed into a smaller form factor. That means it’ll look more along the lines of the Galaxy S8 or LG V30, rather than sticking with Apple’s current, dated design.
The other big update to the iPhone 8 that will be replacing the fingerprint based Touch ID scanner and home button on current iPhone is a new front-facing camera, that is said to be located at the top of the otherwise bezel-free screen in an oblong cutout. The main focus of the camera is said to be an infrared 3D face-scanning technology which will be used to unlock the phone simply by looking at it. It is called as Face ID. The security upgrade is said to be super fast. It is able to scan a user’s face and unlock the device in “millionths of a second”. Apple could be leveraging this tech for other uses as well, including automatically silencing notifications, augmented reality, and payments. But the extent of what that tech can do is still a question mark.
With this, there is also much-improved depth sensing dual cameras that are expected to be stacked vertically, rather than horizontally, according to reference designs.
One thing we know is this high-end device will not be cheap. The iPhone 8 will probably be Apple’s most expensive handset year and the first to break a four figure price tag, with estimates suggesting that it could cost $1,000 in the US.
The 7s and 7s Plus models, which may be available in greater numbers and earlier, are likely to be cheaper and roughly close to the current iPhone 7 that prices at $649, $749, or $849 depending on the storage you want and the 7 Plus which adds $120 to the comparable iPhone 7, making the 256GB iPhone 7 Plus cost for $969.
You might want to start saving up from now it self.
Along with the new design, the rumours suggest that the iPhone 8 will come in three colours: white, black and gold. The white and black colours are fairly standard, but a new third colour is thought to be coming in either a copper or a champagne gold-ish hue.
Batteries are still the big problem with mobile phones. Though how much good as they are, most still last just a day. And the battery tech is only making incremental progress with manufacturers focusing on technology such as fast charging as a compromise.
But with this Apple could go one step ahead. This one applies to the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus as well as the iPhone 8, but after years of standing on the sidelines, Apple is said to be finally adding wireless charging to its entire line of phones which be a real breakthrough. But the rumours also indicate that it’s more likely that Apple will offer wireless charging as an optional extra.
Touch ID Changes
With the new screen design, it seems that Apple’s iconic home button won’t be on the iPhone 8. That leaves us with one of the biggest questions. What’s happening to Touch ID?
With the iPhone screen now waking up when the phone is picked up, there is less need to click a physical home button. And Apple has also patented a way of embedding Touch ID, its fingerprint reading technology, in the screen, so that might solve security issues. And the latest rumours revealed a virtual home button, that could be resized or even hidden.
But it’s not sure whether Apple has succeeded in embedding the sensor directly into the screen and there are also chances of Apple moving the sensor to the back of the device, possibly camouflaged into the Apple logo. Or the Touch ID may be completely gone on the iPhone 8 due to production issues and it will instead rely totally on the new face scanning tech for biometric authorization.
Apple’s decision on Touch ID will be revealed tomorrow.
Last but not least, the most important unanswered question about the iPhone 8 is when will it be available for the customers. According to the Past history we could indicate that Apple would be selling the next iPhone roughly a week and a half after the announcement on Tomorrow, but there are rumors that the company won’t be shipping devices until sometime later in the fall after the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus are out due to the supply issues involving the iPhone 8.