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The long anticipated iPhone 7 may very well have just sat down for supper, but for the Cupertino-company that brought it life, hardly a day goes by where we’re not catching wind of what’s next? “So what is next?”, you ask. Well, we have plenty of reason to believe that Apple is now hard at work on finalizing many of the bits-and-pieces of its forthcoming 2017 flagship — “the iPhone 8.”
There’s plenty to get excited and speculate wildly about when it comes to Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone, which is poised to debut in the fall of 2017. But through all the fluff and fuss, rumors and what have you, how can we actually believe that the iPhone 8 will be as hot as many industry insiders are making it out to be?
Let’s take a quick look at what we know so far, shall we?
1. The Device Will in fact Be Called ‘iPhone 8’
In a move that may seem a bit unusual to those familiar with Apple’s typical product naming patterns, what many believe will be the ‘iPhone 7s’ of 2017, is actually turning out to look more and more like it could end up being just the good old iPhone 8. Perhaps that’s because the iPhone 8 upgrade is supposed to be so substantial? Perhaps it’s merely just a marketing farce?
In either case, an internal leak from within the walls of 1 Infinite Loop, itself, includes a bit of fresh evidence, err, marketing hype, that’s sure to get all the steamier as we carry on into 2017.
2. All New Glass Body Construction
Since the iPhone 6, 6s, and now the 7 are essentially fruit of the same vine — give or take a few improvements under the hood, of course, it’s largely expected that Apple will be entirely redesigning the iPhone chassis next year — opting, instead of 7000 series aluminum, for a newer, more formidable 2.5D glass on both the back and sides.
We’ve been hearing bits-and-pieces about this rumor for a while now, but it was again just recently confirmed in a quarterly conference call between KGI Securities heavyweight, Ming Chi Kuo, and his firm’s investors.
3. Dual-curved, Side-to-Side OLED Display With Embedded Home Button
Originally cited by “sources familiar with Apple’s product plans,” a report posted to Chinese economic publication, Nikkei, appears to confirm that Apple will be launching an iPhone featuring Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology by as early 2017. While several reports tend to flip-flop in regards to whether we can expect a 2017 or 2018 transition to OLED, Apple is all but certain to make the transition — very soon — and perhaps even on devices larger than the iPhone, to boot!
Also coming to us recently is the report of a new patent recently granted Apple — suggesting that future iPhones, or iOS devices, accessible via Touch ID, might feature that same ability through the screen, itself, as opposed to the traditional home button.
4. Iris Scanner
Samsung made quite the splash last summer when the company unveiled its Galaxy Note 7 flagship — the first of its kind to offer users a super-secure, futuristic security measure known as Iris Scanning.
I know, I know — sounds like something out of the X Files, right? Well, be that as it may, folks, iris scanners are increasingly becoming mainstream. Known for their considerably more accurate security verification protocols, iris scanners work by literally scanning the surface of your eye — or the thin, interstitial tissue of the outer orbit known as the iris, which has proven more secure than even the human fingerprint!
And guess what? According to a report published in the International Business Times this past July, well-connected Apple surrogate, Ming Chi Kuo, indicated that an iris scanner is “highly likely” to be seeing its way onto the iPhone by 2017.
What’s your favorite iPhone 8 rumor? Let us know in the comments!
[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]