iPhone 8 rumour roundup: OLED display, all-new design, 3D cameras and more

first_imgBack in 2007, Steve Jobs took to the stage to introduce the original iPhone – a device that would revolutionise smartphones forever. Ten years later, Apple is set to introduce the tenth anniversary model of the iPhone – which is tipped to be the biggest iPhone update yet.The iPhone 7 was a victim of timing. Apple did not overhaul the design of the iPhone 7 so that they could introduce a radical new design with the tenth anniversary model. Even to the most ardent Apple fans, the iPhone 7 was a disappointment with its three year old design, no major standout features and huge bezels.—–UPDATEA new iPhone 8 dummy has emerged online that points towards a design reminiscent to the original iPhone, with two layers of glass sandwiched between a stainless steel frame.The dummy iPhone 8 has the volume and ringer switch on the left and two cutouts – for the power button and SIM tray – on the right. It lacks a physical home button on the front and features a cutout for the rumoured vertical mounted dual camera setup on the back.This ties in well with several rumours floating about pointing towards Apple ditching the physical home button in the iPhone 8. This new design looks remarkably similar to the original iPhone introduced by Apple way back in 2007 thanks to the blackened bezels and chrome body.—-Apple is working on three new iPhone models for 2017 – updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the shape of the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus and also a ‘halo’ tenth anniversary model called the iPhone 8/iPhone Edition.advertisementAlso Read: LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: A new era in smartphone designHere is everything you need to know about the upcoming iPhones:True Tone OLED displayWhile the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus are set to have the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays as their predecessors, the iPhone 8 will feature an OLED display. Thanks to the reduced bezels, the iPhone 8 is set to pack a screen similar in size to the iPhone 7 Plus in a body the size of the smaller iPhone 7.Certain reports also point towards all three models of the next generation iPhone coming with a TrueTone display, which was first featured in the 9.7 iPad Pro last year.Similar to Apples Night Shift feature, the True Tone display changes its hue and color temperature depending on the atmosphere. Unlike Night Shift, it is not just restricted to the night and does a lot more than just reducing the blue light emanating from the display. It adjusts the brightness, color and white balance in order to reduce eye strain.Powerful hardwareAll three models are set to be powered by Apple’s new 10nm A11 chipset, which is tipped to be more energy efficient and powerful than the A10 used in the iPhone 7. All three are also reportedly set to come with come with 3GB of RAM.While the iPhone 7s and 7s are expected to be offered in three storage configurations – 32GB, 128GB and 256GB, the iPhone 8 will only be offered in 64GB and 256GB.All new glass and metal designAfter three years of waiting, Apple fans will finally see the introduction of an all new design with the iPhone 8. The tenth anniversary iPhone will feature an all glass bezel less-design that will drop Apple’s trademark physical home button. The smartphone is also expected to sport a stainless steel chassis with a curved display.While the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus will come with the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch IPS LCD displays as their predecessors, the iPhone 8 will feature an OLED displayBloomberg’s sources hint at the fact that the design of the iPhone 8 has still not been set in stone and could change before release. Apple is reportedly testing several design prototypes, one of which features a “symmetrical, slightly curved glass on the front and the back,” covering a flat OLED screen. Another prototype comes with an aluminium back, while one features a design similar to the original iPhone.The images in the article are renders by graphic designer AlHasan Husni which show how the bezel-less display could look like in real life.Iris scannerApple is expected to follow in Samsung’s footsteps and include an Iris sensor with the iPhone 8 which will allow you to unlock your smartphone with your eyes. It will be interesting to see Apple’s implementation of a feature which Samsung introduced in the ill fated Galaxy Note 7 and whether Apple will make it a part of Apple Pay.advertisement3D camerasThe iPhone 8 is expected to come with 3D cameras. A few weeks ago, Korea’s Economic Daily reported that the iPhone 8 will come with LG’s Innotek dual lens cameras at the back. This might be the reason why Apple acquired a small Israeli startup called LinX a few months ago which basically specialises in 3D imaging.Fingerprint sensor underneath the displayThe Bloomberg report also confirms several rumours floating about pointing towards the iPhone 8 ditching the physical home button in the iPhone 8. A big question on everyone’s mind is where will the fingerprint scanner go if Apple ditches its iconic home button. Three scenarios are most likely – Apple can follow in the Galaxy S8’s footsteps and move it to the back of the phone, they can cram it underneath the display somehow or they can embed it underneath the display.Apple is widely expected to embed the fingerprint sensor underneath the display in order to free up space for the new display. However, according to analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, the company is apparently facing a lot of issues in ramping up yield rates of the new sensor and because of that it might be forced to abandon the radical approach and make do with a more traditional fingerprint sensor instead.Upgraded waterproofingWhile the iPhone 7 featured a IP67 water and dust resistance rating, the iPhone 8 is set to bump things up a notch with IP68 dust and water resistance, which is fast becoming the industry standard.Dual cameras at the front and backOn the imaging front, the iPhone 8 will feature a vertically mounted dual camera setup at the rear. The selfie shooter is set to get a huge upgrade. Apple is expected to equip the iPhone 8 with a dual camera setup at the front as well. The Bloomberg report also points towards Apple adding Augmented Reality and depth of field features to both camera modules.The tenth anniversary iPhone will feature an all glass bezel less-design that will drop Apple’s trademark physical home buttonSoftware wise, all three iPhones are expected to run iOS 11, which Apple will announce at their WWDC keynote in June. iOS 11 is expected to come with a refreshed user-interface and some AR based features.Updated 3D TouchApple is expected to introduce a new 3D Touch Module with the iPhone 8 which will come with additional graphite sheet lamination in order to prevent the device from malfunctioning due to overheating.Smart connector for ARThe iPhone 8 may also feature Apple’s Smart Connector for wireless charging and for other accessories such as VR/AR headsets. Apple first introduced the Smart Connector in the 12.9′ iPad Pro, which uses the connector for accessories such as Apple’s external keyboard.The existence of the Smart Connector on the iPhone 8 hints at the possibility that Apple could introduce new peripherals for the iPhone 8 this year such as a VR headset or smart glasses which could help provide an augmented reality experienceAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy A7 vs OnePlus 3T: It’s a fight between David and Goliathadvertisementlast_img