We’d forgive the
iPhone 7 for feeling a little bit under-appreciated, because it
looks as if all anybody can discuss lately is
the subsequent iPhone. In any case, 2017 marks the
iPhone’s 10th birthday, so Apple is reportedly gearing as much as
make its anniversary version further particular.

We’ll hold monitor of the most recent rumors and the way believable they
are, and we’ll put them in a single spot (this one!) so you may pop
on over everytime you wish to learn the most recent.

Should you handed on the iPhone 7 to attend for the iPhone Eight—or the
iPhone 7s or no matter identify Apple decides to make use of—it seems like
the subsequent telephone might be the design refresh you had been ready
for. Simply don’t count on the headphone jack to return.

What’s the most recent?

The rumor: We thought
the iPhone 7 Plus had a killer digicam, however the iPhone Eight may
change your entire recreation. In response to
Bloomberg, Apple is testing overhauled cameras on each the
entrance and again of the 10th anniversary
iPhone. Not like the 7 Plus, the iPhone Eight’s twin cameras shall be
stacked on high of of one another as a substitute of aspect by aspect. That
ought to make for higher pictures. However extra importantly, the
front-facing digicam may additionally embrace two lenses with augmented
actuality options and a Portrait mode for
selfies.

Believable? Bloomberg’s monitor document for
iPhone rumors is fairly strong, though Apple is clearly
testing a slew of options and never all of them will make it
into the 10th anniversary mannequin. Nonetheless, given CEO Tim Cook dinner’s
current feedback about augmented actuality and the success of the
iPhone 7 Plus and its standout digicam, it appears seemingly that
Apple will make the iPhone Eight’s images options even
higher.

100 million OLED shows ordered from
Samsung?

The rumor: In response to Bloomberg,
Apple has positioned an order for 100 million OLED shows from
Samsung. Moreover, Samsung is rumored to be the only real
provider of OLED shows for the brand new iPhone Eight, as a result of different
producers don’t have the capability to make mass portions.

Believable? The rumor that Apple is shifting
to OLED for the iPhone Eight is fairly strong, with recurring
experiences that proceed to to corroborate that info. The
solely factor we’re nonetheless unsure about is whether or not these OLED
shows shall be flat or curved. Initially, it appeared like
Apple had come throughout just a few roadblocks discovering a provider that
may produce sufficient curved OLEDs for the iPhone Eight, however extra
current experiences make it sound like Samsung has stepped as much as the
problem.

It’s nonetheless unclear simply how curved the display screen shall be.
In response to Bloomberg, the most recent iPhone Eight prototype options
a flat OLED display screen with a barely curved glass entrance assembly a
metal body with an aluminum again. However Apple remains to be testing
iPhones with glass backs and extra dramatic curves, so something
is feasible.

Contact ID strikes to the again?

The rumor: The iPhone Eight won’t embrace a
crucial function: Contact ID. In response to Pacific Crest
Securities analyst Andy Hargreaves, Apple is
having technical points integrating the Contact ID sensor
proper on the show of the brand new digital Dwelling button. And if
Apple can’t get it proper by subsequent month, it would remove the
function all collectively. Apple may additionally be compelled to delay the
manufacturing of the iPhone Eight to be able to repair the problem. One other
chance, in line with Cowen and Firm analyst Timothy
Arcuri, is that Apple will resort to putting the Contact ID
sensors on the again, just like the brand new Galaxy S8 and the Pixel
telephones by Google.

Believable? Though we beforehand have heard
rumblings a few delay, it’s most unlikely for Apple to not
have all of the options set at this level. Contact ID is such an
vital half for enabling Apple Pay that it’s onerous to think about
a highly-anticipated iPhone Eight with out it. And shifting Contact ID
to the again of the machine shouldn’t be very intuitive if you wish to
unlock your iPhone along with your thumb or whereas it’s laying down
flat. It’s a design flaw we hope Apple doesn’t succumb to.

Later launch date?

The rumor: The brand new iPhone Eight gained’t be launched
in September, lacking Apple’s conventional launch date window
for the reason that iPhone 5. In response to Digitimes,
the iPhone Eight might be pushed again to October or November attributable to
“technical points associated to the lamination strategy of curved
OLED panels, and the adoption of a 3D sensing system.”

This isn’t the primary time we’ve heard that Apple has confronted
roadblocks throughout the iPhone Eight’s manufacturing.
Beforehand Digitimes
reported that Apple was going through delays in creating
its proprietary fingerprint sensor for the brand new OLED-equipped
iPhone Eight. Moreover, Japanese information website Macotakara reported
that STMicroelectronics, the brand new provider of the iPhone’s 3D
digicam sensors, wanted extra time to ramp up mass manufacturing.
 

Believable? Probably not. Though Apple is
tinkering with assembling OLEDs for the primary time, in addition to
incorporating new fingerprint and digicam sensors, it’s very
unlikely that Cupertino will push again the iPhone launch date
even by just a few weeks. Plus, Digitimes doesn’t have the very best
monitor document in relation to iPhone rumors. And contemplating
that we’ve additionally heard rumors of Apple beginning iPhone Eight
manufacturing early, our greatest wager remains to be September.

A $1,000 iPhone?

The rumor: In response to Quick
Firm
, this very-special 10th anniversary version of
the iPhone may price greater than $1,000. The upper price ticket is
attributable to the truth that this new iPhone Eight will boast an OLED
show that may price Apple twice as a lot to fabricate. A

UBS analyst has added to the worth hypothesis, stating
that the entry-level iPhone Eight shall be about $850 to $900.

Believable? The iPhone Eight will definitely be extra
costly, so you must begin saving up, however will it price over
a grand? That depends upon which storage measurement you select. A
top-of-the-line $1,000 iPhone is definitely not so ridiculous—the
256GB model of the iPhone 7 Plus is already $969. As for an
entry-level 64GB model? Apple may wish to stay
aggressive, and pricing it beneath $900 would nonetheless protect the
firm’s notoriously excessive margins.

True Tone in all fashions?

The rumor: All new iPhone fashions this 12 months
will function Apple’s True Tone show expertise, in line with
an investor word from Barclays
obtained by 9to5Mac. True Tone debuted within the 9.7-inch iPad
Professional final 12 months, and the expertise makes use of ambient mild sensors so
that the show can undertake the encircling mild and shade
temperature, making it much less harsh on the eyes. In response to
9to5Mac, True Tone shall be integrated within the premium iPhone
Eight, in addition to in forthcoming iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, that are
all anticipated to be unveiled later this 12 months.

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Believable? Sure, Apple tends to launch
new options in a single machine earlier than increasing it to different
merchandise. Nonetheless, we hold listening to that Apple actually needs to
make the iPhone Eight standout, so it’s attention-grabbing to be taught that
True Tone is anticipated in all of the forthcoming fashions.

AR is the subsequent large factor?

The rumor: Apple goes all-in on augmented
actuality, as the corporate ramps up developments that might be
launched within the forthcoming iPhone digicam.
Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is AR as its
“subsequent large factor.” Though AR like glasses might be a
few years off, an iPhone outfitted with these capabilities might
be coming prior to we predict. In response to Bloomberg,
a whole lot of Apple engineers at the moment are devoted to creating AR,
together with members of the iPhone digicam crew. 

What may AR on the iPhone appear like? Bloomberg experiences that
iPhone customers might be able to change the depth of a photograph in
post-editing or rotate the topic of the photograph in 180-degrees.
Moreover, the iPhone digicam may have the ability to overlay visible
results just like Snapchat selfie filters.

Believable? Nobody can deny Apple appears very
concerned with changing into a serious participant in popularizing augmented
actuality. Tim Cook dinner has stated so himself a number of instances. Nonetheless,
it isn’t conclusive how Apple may combine this rising
expertise into the iPhone, or by creating new merchandise for
that matter.

It is smart that Apple would use the iPhone as a car to
introduce AR. Snapchat and Pokémon Go have given us profitable
implementations of cellular AR, so one thing related might be
anticipated. However though Bloomberg is a dependable supply, we additionally
know that Apple is testing a number of iPhone fashions, so not all
these options are assured to come back to fruition. Even
Bloomberg makes it clear that Apple may resolve to shelve the
expertise if it’s not prepared.

Dearer 3D Contact sensor?

The rumor: The 3D Contact module on the
forthcoming iPhone Eight with OLED show
will price $15 to fabricate, no less than in case you imagine
Digitimes, a 60 p.c enhance in price. Beforehand, the 3D
Contact sensor on the iPhone 7 price nearer to $9 to fabricate.
This means that Apple must mark up the worth of the
iPhone Eight to be able to hold its sometimes excessive margins. The
more-expensive 3D Contact module consists of a skinny movie contact
sensor that shall be overlaid onto the brand new AMOLED show.
Nonetheless, the report additionally mentions that TPK Holdings, the AMOLED
show provider, gained’t provide the shows till the fourth
quarter, corroborating earlier rumors that the iPhone Eight shall be
launched later than September.

Believable? Digitimes shouldn’t be probably the most
dependable sources in relation to new iPhones, however even when the
particulars are a little bit shaky, the implication that the iPhone Eight
shall be dearer is spot-on. In addition to the brand new 3D Contact
module, the iPhone Eight’s rumored OLED show, digital Dwelling
button, and 3D digicam all level to a better price ticket. May it
price over $1,000? Actually the 256GB mannequin may—particularly
contemplating the truth that the iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB went on
sale for $979.

Is that this what it may appear like?

The rumor: We’ve all heard the rumors of an
edge-to-edge OLED show (scroll down if you must catch
up), and now it’s simpler to think about what that may appear like.
Working off a report from Nikkei Asian Evaluate, Benjamin Geskin
created new renders for iDrop Information.
Click on by to see extra, displaying what the telephone would
appear like if the most well-liked rumors all come true. You’ll
discover the highest “brow” is shorter, the underside “chin” is
practically gone, the Dwelling button’s fingerprint sensor is now
embedded into the display screen, and the display screen stretches to the very
aspect edges.


Benjamin Geskin for iDropNews

Believable? Renders might be hit and miss, however
this looks as if a really believable design, if the edge-to-edge
rumor is true. Nonetheless, the ultimate look reminds us a little bit little bit of
the Samsung Galaxy lineup! What we actually can’t wait to seek out
out is that if Apple makes use of particular supplies for a high-end iPhone
Version, prefer it did with the Apple Watch Version, and in addition
what colours the brand new iPhone will sport.

USB-C? Not so quick

The rumor: Just some days after The Wall
Road Journal
revealed new details about the
forthcoming iPhone Eight (full rumor beneath), a distinguished Apple
analyst is denying the intel.
KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo is refuting that the 2017
iPhone will substitute the Lightning port for a USB-C connector.
In truth, Apple is allegedly including fast-charging capabilities
to its proprietary Lightning connector for “sort C energy
supply” with out having to alter the port and cables.

In response to Kuo, Apple doesn’t have sufficient incentive to make use of
USB-C. To start with, USB-C takes up more room contained in the
iPhone, which might change the shape issue. As well as, since
USB-C is common, switching to it will take away the MFi
royalties that Apple will get from licensing its property Lightning
expertise to third-party iOS accessory-makers.

Believable? Extremely. Switching connectors shouldn’t be
a call Apple often takes calmly, so the advantages would
should drastically outweigh the present expertise. And
Lightning appears to be working for the iPhone and iPad, regardless of
the truth that they’re incompatible with even the brand new MacBooks.
Plus, Kuo is a dependable supply when it comes from experiences from
the Apple’s meeting line.

Nonetheless, we will’t completely dismiss the WSJ report. Maybe Apple
has thought-about switching to USB-C. It will make its iOS
merchandise extra appropriate with third-party equipment and
peripherals, a profit now that the iPad Professional is being
marketed as a PC alternative. The swap to USB-C would
definitely be extra user-friendly, however it may additionally counter
Apple’s closed ecosystem technique, which doesn’t appear to be a
downside for iPhone and iPad gross sales.

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May it’s USB-C?

The rumor: Every new report in regards to the
iPhone Eight’s options reinforces those earlier than it, however the
newest rumor from the Wall
Road Journal 
is one we haven’t heard earlier than.
The WSJ says Apple will substitute the iPhone
Lightning port with a USB-C connector.

That is big. Apple simply did away with the iPhone’s headphone
jack and included Lightning EarPods within the field as a substitute of the
three.5mm earphones it has shipped with earlier generations of
iPhones. Now it seems that these Lightning earphones are
already being phased out.

Believable? Actually. Apple has no qualms
about ditching outdated expertise, even its personal. Keep in mind the
30-pin connector that it sacrificed for the proprietary
Lightning port? A transfer to USB-C would really be a optimistic
one, no less than by way of compatibility. USB-C is a regular
that tech corporations are shortly adopting, so the iPhone would
lastly play good with peripherals and equipment that aren’t
made or licensed by Apple. The brand new MacBooks are additionally all-in
with USB-C, so it wouldn’t be in any respect shocking if the iPhone
made the transfer.

Curved show or no curved show?

The rumor: Early experiences in regards to the iPhone Eight’s
OLED show indicated that Apple was aiming to make a curved
display screen. The WSJ experiences that plan remains to be within the
works, although Chinese language
analysis agency TrendForce stated earlier in February that
early prototypes weren’t as much as Apple’s requirements. Apparently
that’s not the case: Apple “has ordered adequate
elements to allow mass manufacturing,”
the Journal’s sources stated.

Apple is getting its curved OLED shows from Samsung, who
began producing these shows for its personal telephones again in
2014 and is the one producer who could make sufficient of the
curved OLED panels to provide Apple.

The iPhone Eight can also be reportedly ditching the bodily house
button, although it’s unclear if Apple is able to make the transfer
to iris recognition for telephone unlocking or if the corporate will
discover a approach to embed the Contact ID sensor within the show itself.

Believable? A curved OLED show could be
a big departure in design for Apple and a compelling
motive to snag the iPhone Eight, which is rumored to be priced at
north of $1,000. Apple was rumored to be working into
constraints discovering OLED show suppliers who could make sufficient
panels to construct the next-gen iPhone, however
the WSJ is dependable in relation to Apple
rumors. Count on a curved OLED display screen to set the iPhone Eight aside.

Facial recognition?

The rumor: The iPhone 7 and seven Plus obtained a
rear-facing digicam overhaul, the 7 Plus with an additional lens for
telephoto pictures. Apple is popping its consideration to the
front-facing digicam within the iPhone Eight with facial recognition, a
3D sensor, and infrared transmitter and receiver. The rumor
comes from
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and a analysis word from
funding banking agency Cowen and Firm revealed by
Enterprise Insider. Apple bought the facial
recognition startup RealFace earlier in February,
making it much more seemingly that the corporate is experimenting
with different biometric instruments, together with iris recognition.
That might substitute Contact ID as a telephone unlocking mechanism.

The front-facing digicam’s new options would have large
implications for video games. Gamers would not want
avatars—as a substitute, the brand new digicam system would generate a
three-dimensional selfie.

Kuo famous that Apple is planning to place a 3D sensor within the
iPhone’s rear-facing digicam subsequent 12 months, which might negate the
want for a dual-lens system.

Believable? That is the primary time we’ve
heard about Apple incorporating new laser expertise and facial
recognition, however it wouldn’t come out of nowhere. Apple
acquired Primesense and their infrared sensor expertise in
2013, and the corporate only recently built-in facial
recognition software program in Images for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. So
it is smart that the subsequent evolution of this function is for
Apple to develop a digicam with sensors that may carry out facial
recognition in real-time to create augmented actuality
experiences, just like Snapchat’s selfie filters.

Chrome steel chassis?

The rumor: Apple is returning to a stainless
metal chassis for the subsequent iPhone with two glass panes on the
entrance and the again, in line with DigiTimes.
As well as, Apple is shifting to a brand new forging course of for the
steel bezel and body that’s anticipated to scale back manufacturing
price and time. The forging course of will reportedly be 30 to 50
p.c cheaper than the present unibody machine-precision
course of. The chrome steel body shall be offered by Foxconn
and Jabil, the producers who equipped the identical half on the
iPhone four.

Believable: Sure. This rumor corroborates
an earlier report predicting the return of the glass iPhone.
Not solely that, however we’re additionally beneath the impression that Apple
is seeking to launch a number of fashions of the iPhone Eight with
completely different costs and utilizing completely different supplies. And it makes
sense that the higher-end iPhone Eight would depend on stainless
metal to carry the front-and-back glass panels collectively, whereas a
cheaper model makes use of aluminum—that’s the identical sample we see
with the Apple Watch.

Curved OLED show?

The rumor: Apple’s revolutionary new iPhone Eight
will sport a plastic OLED show that “curves throughout,”
in line with a report revealed within the Korea
Herald
and picked up by
9to5Mac. The report corroborates the rumor that Apple will
launch three iPhone fashions subsequent 12 months, a premium mannequin with
curved OLED show and two with flat LCDs. Moreover, Apple
is hoping to include new “sensing expertise” within the curved
show to assist differentiate the iPhone Eight from different OLED
smartphones. In response to the Korea Herald, Apple has
tapped Samsung Show to make an estimated 70 to 100 million
plastic OLED items to make use of within the iPhone Eight.

Believable? If Apple is contemplating releasing
an iPhone Eight with a curved show, then plastic OLED is the way in which
to go, as glass OLED works finest for flat shows. And now that
we’ve seen Apple reserving sure options like a dual-camera
for the dearer iPhone fashions, we wouldn’t be shocked
if the curved iPhone Eight comes at a premium, too. Subsequent 12 months, we
may very properly see an iPhone 7s and 7s Plus with LCDs, as properly
as a brand-new iPhone Eight with OLED. 

New pink shade?

The rumor: Studies that Apple has three
new iPhones within the works for 2017: iterative iPhone 7s and 7s
Plus updates and a totally redesigned all-glass iPhone Eight.
Conflicting rumors have completely different options in every telephone, however
right here’s a brand new one: The 7s and 7s Plus will are available a model new
crimson shade. In response to Japanese Apple-centric website
Macotakara,
the S-model telephones shall be obtainable in pink along with the
normal black, jet black, rose gold, gold, and silver.

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Believable? Could possibly be. Macotakara has a
respectable monitor document with Apple product rumors, predicting the
phase-out of the iPhone headphone jack forward of the pack. The
weblog cites Taiwanese suppliers who additionally say the 7s and 7s Plus
will look the identical because the 7 and seven Plus, although KGI Securities
says the alternative: that every of the 2017 fashions shall be
all-glass and have wi-fi charging.

Wi-fi charging?

The rumor: We’re starting to listen to
corroborations of earlier rumors. KGI Securities
analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is doubling-down
on his prediction that the 2017 iPhone may have
all-glass casing. In response to Kuo, Apple is switching to glass
to be able to facilitate wi-fi charging. Though some
steel and plastic smartphones have wi-fi charging, utilizing
glass is quicker and there are fewer frequency disruptions.

Excellent news: Kuo now expects Apple to place
wi-fi charging in all of its 2017 iPhones, together with the
next-generation four.7-inch and 5.5-inch variations of the 7 and seven
Plus. Apple may resolve to restrict the function to its
anticipated 5.Eight-inch bezel-less iPhone Eight, however with the 7s and
7s Plus anticipated to be remade with all-glass casing, the
addition of wi-fi charging may encourage extra individuals to
improve.

Kuo is relying on it. In response to provide chain rumors, extra
iPhones are anticipated to be produced within the latter half of 2017
than ever earlier than. Suppliers are reportedly on the point of
churn out 120-150 million iPhones, beating out the 110-120
million iPhone 6 fashions produced in late 2014.

Believable? Sure. The addition of wi-fi
charging was one of many first dependable rumors we heard about
the forthcoming iPhone Eight, and we’ll undoubtedly hold listening to
about it till the machine is launched subsequent 12 months. If Apple is
actually dedicated to wi-fi charging, then switching to an
all-glass casing additionally is smart. It explains why Apple would
select to change to glass within the first place. Whereas the smaller
iPhones may lack OLED attributable to manufacturing constraints, placing
wi-fi charging in every mannequin would go a great distance towards
making the subsequent iPhone a must-buy.

Folds like a e-book?

The rumor: You might be able to bend the subsequent
iPhone, just like the way you fold to shut a e-book. Apple has simply
been
granted a patent for a book-like iPhone design that used an
OLED show that may fold in half.

bendable foldable iphone patent appleUSPTO

Believable? Simply because Apple has the patent
for this, doesn’t essentially imply that it’ll turn out to be an actual
product. In addition to, Apple is already working into points with
OLED show provide, so there will not be sufficient time or
sources to include a bendable, foldable show on the
iPhone Eight.

three new fashions?

The rumor: Apple will
launch three fashions of the iPhone Eight in 2017, in line with a
new report from KGI Securities analysts. One mannequin will sport a
5.5-inch OLED display screen and a twin digicam. One may have a
5.5-inch LCD display screen, additionally with a twin digicam. The third shall be
a four.7-inch iPhone with an LCD display screen and a single digicam
system, very similar to the present iPhone 7 mannequin. 

Believable? KGI Securities is often spot-on
in relation to iPhone predictions, and for some time
these provide chain analysts have been predicting that Apple
will swap to OLED shows in 2017. Apple has already been
utilizing OLED shows on the Apple Watch and the MacBook Professional’s
Contact Bar, so utilizing the sort of show on the iPhone appears
like a logical subsequent step. Beforehand, Bloomberg reported that
Apple is in talks with Sharp to be its OLED show provider.

OLED gives loads of advantages over LCD. In addition to being extra
responsive, OLED provides Apple the choice to create a bezel-less
iPhone with a curved or bendable show, which will surely
enhance the iPhone Eight’s wow-factor. This time round, the iPhone Eight
is rumored to be “revolutionary.”

Return to all-glass?

The rumor: Apple might take a web page from its personal
e-book and launch an iPhone Eight with a glass back and front,
just like the iPhone four and 4s. The iPhone Eight and eight Plus will,
in fact, be bigger than these fashions, which had been three.5 inches.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who all the time has deep
perception into Apple’s provide chain, predicted that Apple will
make lower-priced fashions with aluminum casing and extra
costly variations with chrome steel. The glass would give
the telephone a shiny look, just like the
well-liked jet black iPhone 7, however be much less susceptible to knicks and
scratches than the brushed aluminum.

Believable? Sure. It’s all in regards to the sourcing:
KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo is often spot-on in relation to Apple
adjustments. It’s attainable that Apple is basing future
design selections on the success of the jet black iPhone 7,
which is at the moment offered out by December. In response to the
KGI report, 30–35 p.c of preorders had been for the jet black
mannequin worldwide, and in China that proportion was greater—45–50
p.c.

An OLED show eventually?

The rumor: To date, Apple has held on to LCD
shows, which isn’t a foul factor—the LCD show on the iPhone
7 is
simply nearly as good because the competitors’s OLED screens. However Apple
is reportedly in talks with Sharp to be certainly one of its primary
suppliers of OLED shows to make use of in subsequent 12 months’s iPhones.
In response to
Bloomberg, Apple needs to diversify its OLED sourcing so it
has a number of choices. Sharp is investing $566 million in OLED
manufacturing factories which is able to begin churning out shows by
subsequent June.

Believable? Yep. The longer term is OLED, as a result of
the expertise is extra versatile than LCD and would enable Apple
to make the iPhone bezel razor-thin and transfer the house button to
the show itself. There are different purposes made attainable
by switching to OLED screens, and we’re positive Apple is exploring
these for a future telephone.

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