iPhone 8 rumour roundup: Design, features and price

If the countless rumours are to be believed, Apple will be launching three smartphones — iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 8 — this year. Of these, the iPhone 8 is likely to come with a radically different design (and quite possibly, features). In addition to the rumours, several reports citing analysts and patent details have surfaced about the iPhone 8 (or ‘iPhone Edition’) as well. We’ve rounded up all the buzz surrounding the launch of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8.
3D sensing technology maybe the highlight
One of the highlights of the rumoured iPhone 8 is expected to be the inclusion of 3D sensing technology. Back in February 2017, BGR website reported that Apple is working closely with a company called Lumentum, which develops 3D sensing technology. How exactly the company plans to implement the technology in its upcoming smartphone is still unknown. Earlier this month, an analyst said that the iPhone 8 could be delayed because of this feature.
A pinch of Augmented Reality (AR)
The iPhone ‘Edition’ smartphone could also feature augmented reality (AR) features. Supporting the rumour, a Bloomberg report recently mentioned that Apple has assembled a team including experienced hardware and software developers to push its AR efforts. The team is led by a former Dolby Laboratories executive and includes formers members from Facebook’s Oculus and Microsoft’s HoloLens divisions. It’s also been mentioned is that the Cupertino-based tech company is simultaneously working on several AR devices. We might see a first glimpse of Apple’s AR efforts in the upcoming iPhone 8.
Naming scheme of the upcoming iPhone
There is no confirmation as to what Apple’s new iPhone will be called, when it launches later this year. While some reports have said that the device will be called iPhone 8, others suggest that it’ll bear the monikers ‘iPhone Edition’ or iPhone X (to mark the tenth anniversary of the first iPhone’s launch). Last month, a Japanese website Mac Otara claimed that the iPhone Edition could be made of ceramic. With iPhone Edition, the company could be planning to bring its smartphone line-up in sync with the smartwatch range, which also has ‘Edition’ models. It’s worth noting that the ‘Edition’ variant of Apple Watch Series 2 also has a ceramic construction.
Apple iPhone 8’s could have a drastically-different display and overall design
The upcoming Apple iPhone 8’s design is being claimed to be completely different from that of the existing iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus. Numerous reports have pointed out that the smartphone will have a 5.8-inch flexible OLED display, supplied by Samsung. An interesting change which we may see is the removal of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor from the smartphone’s front panel. The display will likely stretch to the lower part of the front panel, which may be called ‘Function Area’. The Touch ID-embedded Home button could be replaced by a fingerprint sensor embedded in the display itself. As for the rest of the design, reports have claimed that the iPhone 8 could use an all-glass or an all-metal body. Wireless charging technology may be included as well, although nothing is known about the smartphone’s specifications yet.
iPhone 8 price to be priced more than $1000?
It’s too early to speculate about the price of the Apple ‘iPhone Edition’. But if a recent report from Fast Company website and a note by a market analyst are to be believed, the smartphone could be priced well over $1000 . Citing sources close to the company, the report claims that the OLED displays will cost the Cupertino-based company almost twice as the LCD displays used in the current-generation iPhones. Noted market analyst and Apple tipster Ming Chi Kuo has also predicted that the smartphone’s price will start at $1000.
APPLE IPHONE 8 SPECIFICATIONS
SUMMARY
performance
Quad core
display
5.0″ (12.7 cm)
storage
32 GB
camera
12 MP
battery
2350 mAh
ram
4 GB
SPECIAL FEATURES
fingerprint sensor position
Front
other sensors
Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope
fingerprint sensor
Yes
GENERAL
quick charging
Yes
operating system
iOS v10
sim slots
Single SIM, GSM
model
iPhone 8
launch date
August 5, 2017 (Unofficial)
brand
Apple
sim size
SIM1: Nano
network
4G: Available (supports Indian bands) 3G: Available, 2G: Available
fingerprint sensor
Yes
MULTIMEDIA
fm radio
No
audio jack
3.5 mm
PERFORMANCE
chipset
Apple A11
processor
Quad core, 2.5 GHz
architecture
64 bit
ram
4 GB
DESIGN
build material
Case: MetalBack: Metal
waterproof
Yes Water resistant
DISPLAY
display type
OLED
pixel density
441 ppi
screen size
5.0 inches (12.7 cm)
screen resolution
Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)
touch screen
Yes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch
STORAGE
internal memory
32 GB
expandable memory
Yes Up to 256 GB
CAMERA
settings
Exposure compensation, ISO control
aperture
2.2 F
camera features
10 x Digital Zoom, 2 x Optical Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, Touch to focus
image resolution
4608 x 2592 Pixels
sensor
Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
autofocus
Yes
shooting modes
Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Burst mode
resolution
7 MP Front Camera
optical image stabilisation
Yes
flash
Yes Retina Flash
video recording
1920×1080 @ 30 fps
BATTERY
user replaceable
No
quick charging
Yes
wireless charging
Yes
type
Li-ion
capacity
2350 mAh
NETWORK CONNECTIVITY
wifi
Yes Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz
wifi features
Mobile Hotspot
bluetooth
Yes v4.2
volte
Yes
usb connectivity
USB 2.0
nfc
Yes
network support
4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
gps
Yes with A-GPS, Glonass
sim 1
4G Bands:TD-LTE 2300(band 40) FD-LTE 1800(band 3)3G Bands: UMTS 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz 4G Speed: 50 Mbit/s ? 450 Mbit/s ? (LTE category 9)3G Speed: HSDPA 42.2 Mbit/s ?, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s ?GPRS:Available EDGE:Available
sim size
SIM1: Nano
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