Apple is yet far away from launching the iPhone 7s or the iPhone 8 but the rumor mill is already churning out some of the excellent features, Apple can include in the new iPhone.
iPhone 10th Anniversary makes it a big year for Apple. Steve Jobs launched the iPhone in 2007 for the first time and brought down giants like Nokia and blackberry to knees with a new level of the consumer experience.
Fans have very high expectations this year from Apple, to bring the magic back.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are a success, as in the last quarter, Apple overtook Samsung with more number of iPhone sold in $450 plus price range.
Upcoming 2017 iPhone 8 Killer Features (including AR)
1). Wireless Charging – KGI securities analyst Ming Chi Kyu, who is known to be correct about iPhone predictions, recently shared with mac rumors about Apple working on the wireless technology for the new iPhone.
There are two version of the story, as per the leaks Apple can come up with a new charging technology which can charge the iPhone wirelessly from a distance. The second rumor suggests it could be more traditional wireless charging like the Apple watch or Samsung S7.
2). Metal and Glass Design – Apple can return back to the metal and glass design for the new iPhone with more minimalist looks. The metallic edges will provide more strength to the structure while the hardened glass can make it look ultimate.
3). Augmented Reality – This is a big one. Tim Cook in one of the interviews in 2016 and also recently told The Independent newspaper, about How Apple sees the role of Augmented Reality much larger when compared to the virtual reality.
“I’m excited about Augmented Reality because unlike Virtual Reality which closes the world out, AR allows individuals to be present in the world but hopefully allows an improvement on what’s happening presently,” ` Tim Cook, Apple CEO.
While Google, Facebook, and Samsung are betting big on the VR, Apple has not even hinted on any VR devices in the last year. It will be interesting to see how Apple plans to use AR in iPhone, with more practical uses.
4). 3D Camera – We already wrote about the iPhone 3D Camera on the upcoming iPhone 8 couple of months back. The iPhone 8 can feature some cutting edge Dual Camera sensors to offer 3D photography.
A source from Korea told that Apple is working with LG to refine the 3D camera technology and LG-Innotek camera is used. Apple also acquired Linx, an Israel based startup. Linx imaging is known for multi-aperture image processing technologies which will further help Apple to venture into the field of 3D camera and Augmented Reality. Reports suggest that Apple has already started sourcing parts from companies like Lumentum and Finisar.
The new Technology Apple is working is called as the VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) system which will make the iPhone camera faster to accurately measure depth and motion.
5). 3 Different Sizes – iPhone can come in 3 sizes. Difficult to imagine Steve Jobs would have allowed this, he always insisted on a single size device. He even argued that the 4.0 inch was a perfect size and they should not make the display any larger.
But this year it is rumored that iPhone will come in 3 sizes – 4.7 inches , 5.5 inch, and a more premium 5.8-inch display device.
6). OLED Display – Apple has so far been on the back seat as far as the displays go. The iPhone still has a HD display and with LCD panel. While rivals are sporting more vivid Super AMOLED 2K and 4K displays. Apple can introduce the OLED display for the higher 5.8 inch model with a curved screen.
Gaming is going to be a lot more fun on the OLED bezel-less display.
7). More Minimalist No power and Volume Button – Apple killed the 3.5 mm jack on the iPhone 7 and called it courage. They are more likely to follow Johny Ivy’s (iPhone Designer) dream of minimalist iPhone and can drop the edge buttons and have the touch ID alone.
8). Improved Touch ID – Apple can have an improved touch id which is placed below the display and use an ultrasonic sensor to detect the touch on the display. Something similar to the Xiaomi Mi5s, but the implementation can be different. This can help iPhone to use more of screen space and reduce the amount of bezel at the bottom.
Upcoming iPhone 7s or the iPhone 8 is expected to be more expensive considering it will have several new features like wireless charging and water and dust proofing. The rumors suggest it could easily be above $1000 for the US market.
On the hand, Apple will make phones in India that can help Apple drop the price of iPhone 8 for the Indian market and it could launch at the same price as iPhone 7 in the Indian market.
Enthusiasts would be looking for the larger 5.5 inch or 5.8-inch model as it can offer an incredible camera, performance and above all the bragging rights.
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Update – Apple has recently launched three new iPhones – Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. The third one is the most expensive iPhone ever made called as the iPhone X.