Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus may very well have another nine months or so left in their life cycles, however that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning away with reports and revelations into what the successor to Apple’s 2016 flagship will bring to the table this year. While reports about the so-called ‘iPhone 8’ have thus far been vague, perhaps seeing as how we’re at least six months out from Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) and iPhone manufacturing season officially kicking off, they have nonetheless painted the picture of a pretty beastly device. Actually, from what we’ve been hearing, there would be a total of three iPhone devices launching this year — but the star of the show, as far as we know, will be a dramatically redesigned, internally and externally spec’d-to-the-max ‘iPhone 8’.
4. Curved OLED Display
If all the rumors turn out to be true, this year will see the debut of a top-tier iPhone boasting a curved OLED display panel. These will more than likely be similar to the 5.7-inch AMOLED units employed by Samsung on its Galaxy Note and Galaxy S series flagships. However, as far as the ‘iPhone 8’ rumors are pertinent, Apple’s flagship will supposedly launch with as large as a 5.8-inch panel — albeit only about 5.2-inches of the screen area will actually be responsive to touch. Either way, the display will be simply beautiful — and if you’d like to know more about this amazing technology, be sure to check out our previous article that’s all about OLED.
3. Wireless Charging
There have so far surfaced a myriad of reports suggesting that Apple’s top-tier ‘iPhone 8’ will boast wireless charging capabilities — and a recent partnership between Apple and a little-known startup by the name of Energous would appear to back those claims up. However, while it’s beyond plausible that the creme-de-la-creme ‘iPhone 8’ boasts a truly wireless charging functionality, other reports have suggested that Apple’s more budget-friendly, 2017 offerings — supposedly the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus — will ship only with a Quick Charging functionality, instead, which is still a giant step in the right direction nevertheless.
2. A11 Chip
As usual, we can expect Apple to update its home-brewed A-series silicon to the next-generation in the next iPhone. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, however, saw a relatively drastic upgrade to their SoC configurations in relation to years past. For instance, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launched with a dual-core 1.84 GHz ‘Twister’ A9 SoC, while, in comparison, its successors launched with a zippy quad-core 2.34 GHz A10 ‘Fusion’ SoC. So, needless to say, it’ll be quite exciting to see what kind of punch Apple’s world-class A-series silicon will be packing this year.
1. New Design
Most reports have so far painted the picture of a vastly redesigned, top-tier iPhone touching down this fall. Industry analysts, including famed KGI Securities heavyweight, Ming Chi Kuo, have gone on record suggesting that the device will feature an all-glass body, held together by a thin metal or aluminum alloy frame. In addition to the rumored curved OLED display, the device could also boast improved display technology across the board — with only the ‘iPhone 8’ receiving the OLED treatment, of course. Beyond that, Apple’s lower-tier iPhone offerings for 2017 should feature the same construction materials as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, while providing the obvious internal component boost constituent of a refreshed handset.