Apple remains tight-lipped about its next iPhone from its specs to its official name. While rumors are all in agreement on what the iPhone 2017 will have to offer, not all of them agree on what the product will be commercially called. If you follow the reports, you should know that the top pick right now is ‘iPhone 8,’ although there are other names in the lineup as well like ‘iPhone Edition’ and ‘iPhone X.’
Yet, none of those actually make sense. Enter “iPhone Pro,” the “most logical” moniker for the 10th-anniversary smartphone of the Cupertino-based company. Claims of such stems from apparent hints the company dropped in the past.
The Mythical iPhone Pro
We can recall that Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the company has extensive plans for its Pro line. “The Pro area is very important to us,” he said during a Q&A session on February’s shareholder meeting. “The creative area is very important to us in particular.” Indeed, Apple made significant changes to its Pro line recently.
For starters, Apple discontinued the MacBook Air line this year, leaving MacBook and MacBook Pro the only laptop choices. Sure, there still might be MacBook Air models available in the market today, but Mac Rumors expect the company not to update the machines anymore. Same applies to iPad Air, so patrons can only shop for iPad or iPad Pro at this point. Although the iPad Mini is still available in the Apple Store.
Using the same logic, many believe the company might be getting rid of the iPhone numbers this year. Thus, the next iPhone will simply be called the iPhone Pro. If you think about it, it kind of makes sense. The BitBag even wrote an iPhone Pro story in jest last April 1st, and we were surprised at the interest it produced, so we know that the concept is worth some serious thought.
Nonetheless, the so-called iPhone Pro remains a myth today. Even its existence alone is yet to be confirmed. Patrons shouldn’t expect to hear anything from Apple, though. If there’s one thing we know about the company, it’s that it does not address any claim until the product launch. This means everything about the iPhone 8 will remain a speculation until then. In the meantime, here’s everything we know about the device:
Since Apple is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, we can expect a major iPhone redesign planned for 2017. Rumors are rife that it will specifically sport an edge-to-edge display that gets rid of the top and bottom bezels where features like the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the front-facing camera are originally housed. Instead, Apple could build those directly into the display.
As for the body, Apple could be ditching the aluminum used in the iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6s, 7, and SE, and re-adopting iPhone 4’s body instead. The glass will be built around an aluminum or stainless steel frame.
There were talks that the device will feature a size similar to the 5.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S8, but a recent forecast from UBS indicate it’ll come slightly smaller at 5.2-inches. The display will be OLED rather than an LCD for less power consumption and better screen display. Whether or not the edges will be curved remains unclear at this point.
Camera-wise, the iPhone will feature image stabilization and 3D sensing capabilities. Other rumored features likely coming to the iPhone include a 10-nanometer A11 chip, wireless charging, and biometric additions like iris, facial, or gesture recognition. Apple is expected to retain the predecessor’s water resistance too, although it may have an improved IP68 water resistance rating.
Here’s an iPhone 8 concept based on the rumors:
Multiple rumors claim that the iPhone 8 will cost over $1,000 due to the aforementioned high-end specs. However, UBS said in a note recently that it doesn’t expect its cost to hit four figures this year. Analyst Steven Milunovich believes that a $1000 price tag would hamper purchase volumes, noting that the tech giant sells its devices “quite competitively” in markets it enters.
He estimates that the next iPhone will only have a $70 to $90 increase in construction over its predecessor, the iPhone 7 Plus (presumably the 32GB model). That should come in at a sticker price of between $850 and $900 for consumers. Accordingly, a 256GB variant will be available between $950 and $1,000.
The iPhone 8 is believed to commence mass production with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company this month. Apple may seem ahead of its schedule, but there are claims that it will release the iPhone 8 in limited quantities this September. A wider roll-out of the phone is said to come much later in the year.
Apart from iPhone 8, there are two more iPhones rumored to arrive this year. According to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, these will be the update of the current iteration, the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus. But again, nothing is confirmed yet.