It’s finally happening. Apple has officially sent out the invites for its upcoming iPhone event that’ll be happening in the Steve Jobs theatre on its new Apple Park campus in Cupertino on 12th September 2017.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and Apple has something major planned for this special occasion.
So here’s what we know so far about the upcoming iPhones.
Apple will launch 3 variants of the iPhone this year- iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and the iPhone 8 or iPhone X or whatever Apple decides to name it.
iPhone 7s and 7s Plus will be identical to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in terms of design and size with the exception of Glass back and metal frame. However, the story will be different in case of the iPhone 8.
Apple reportedly tested more than 10 prototype models of the iPhone 8 before deciding the final design of the product which was LEAKED BY APPLE ITSELF!
In July, Apple released the firmware for its upcoming HomePod speaker and a developer managed to find out an image of the iPhone 8 out of the code. Though the image looks pretty simple, it resembles the leaked iPhone 8 design schematics. You can clearly see a full display with thin bezels, no home button and a notch at the top for the earpiece and sensors.
iPhone 8 will feature an edge-to-edge display that does away with the top and bottom bezel. There will be no physical home button which means that Apple can eliminate TouchID in favour of Facial Recognition Technology. A series of gesture may be used to navigate through the UI instead of the home button.
The HomePod firmware revealed more than just the design of the phone.
Here’s what the firmware leaked about the iPhone 8-
- A front infrared sensor on the notch at the top of the phone.
- It will have something called SmartCam which will tune camera settings based on the scene it detects.
- Support for HDR video recording.
- It will support face detection which will be used for unlocking your iPhone.
On the front of the iPhone 8 will be a 5.8-inch bezel-less 2.5D rounded edge OLED display with a prominent notch at the top for the front facing camera and sensors, believed to enable facial recognition features.
The power button on the iPhone 8 will be longer and also, the dual camera setup will be a vertical one.
Apart from all this, the iPhone 8 will have a better battery life and will support wireless charging.
Here are the reported dimensions of the device- 144mm tall, 71mm wide, and 7.7mm thick.
Now if these dimensions are to be believed then the iPhone 8 will be taller, wider and thicker than the iPhone 7 but not as large as the iPhone 7 Plus.
NO HOME BUTTON
So, the iPhone 8 won’t be having a physical home button because it’ll have an edge-to-edge display. There also won’t be any virtual home button which was rumoured earlier. Instead, Apple might rely on touch-based gesture controls on the iPhone 8 to navigate to the home screen and activating the app-switcher. Apple may add a thin bar on the bottom of the screen which when swiped up will bring the app switcher and when in an app a gesture on the thin bar will bring back the user to the home screen. It’ll be interesting to see how Apple implements this gesture based feature on the iPhone as we have already seen something like this on the iPad running iOS 11.
Thin bezel and edge-to-edge display mean the elimination of TouchID. So what about the security of your phone? As mentioned above, the code from the HomePod firmware revealed that the iPhone 8 will feature a new security system that’ll be based on facial recognition. It captures more data points than a fingerprint scan, so it’s more secure than Touch ID, and Apple is also using 3D depth perception techniques that will prevent the facial recognition from being fooled by a photograph. the sensors in the iPhone 8 are also believed to keep the device unlocked as long as a face is in range, and the facial recognition feature also mutes incoming notifications so long as a user is looking at the phone.
New Camera features
Again, based on the code found in the HomePod firmware, the iPhone 8 may support new “SmartCamera” features. The camera app may be able to detect different types of scenes, photo conditions, and subjects like pets and children. Several scenes are referenced in the code, including Fireworks, Foliage, Pet, BrightStage, Sport, Sky, Snow, and Sunset/Sunrise, indicating the iPhone’s camera may be able to detect a scene and then set the ideal exposure, shutter speed, and other factors to take the best photograph.
Coming to the front facing camera, Apple will be adding 3D sensing capabilities for facial recognition. According to KGI securities analyst, Ming Chi Kuo, the front facing camera is said to consist 3 camera modules, a standard camera front-facing camera module, an infrared transmitting module, and an infrared receiving module, all of which will allow the iPhone 8 to perform 3D sensing and modelling.
The iPhone 8 will be the most expensive iPhone yet. Several analysts are predicting the pricing to go as up as $1000 and labelling the device as “premium.”
OLED display, wireless charging, new biometric features, and camera improvements are some of the features that are believed to drive up the price, causing Apple to need to charge more.
Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski believes the iPhone 8 will be available in 128GB and 256GB capacities, for $999 and $1,099, respectively.
Now, all we can do is wait for Apple to officially announce the iPhone 8. Apart from the iPhone 8, Apple will also launch iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and most probably Apple Watch series 3 which could feature LTE connectivity.