Something big is coming to the iPhone this year and we know that for a fact because 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of Apple’s smartphone line. But what does “big” entails exactly for the patrons? Unlike the previous generations which only saw internal and minor design upgrades, the tech giant is all but confirmed to finally give this year’s iPhone a brand new look, making it the most radical new iPhone to date.
The physical aspect of the iPhone 8 will arguably be the biggest change since it’s something almost all iPhones users have since requested. But of course, there will also be significant changes under the hood, more likely big improvements to the processing grunt, power efficiency, and overall battery performance. This marks the first time Apple is completely redesigning the iPhone chassis in three long years.
Here’s what you can expect from the iPhone 8 design, based on the most credible rumors.
Samsung beat Apple to the punch when it released Galaxy S8 earlier this year with a stunning infinity display. That said, Apple could very well implement the same edge-to-edge screen with curved edges. Almost all predictions claim that the Cupertino-based company will drastically reduce the size of the iPhone’s bezels (the inert areas around the screen on the face of the device) to give more room for the screen. Imagine having an iPhone 7 Plus-sized screen on a device the size of an iPhone 7 overall, that’s how it would look like.
Imagine having an iPhone 7 Plus-sized screen on a device the size of an iPhone 7 overall, that’s how it would look like.
But that’s not all. That bigger screen is believed to be OLED. It’s the screen technology in trend today that requires less power than the LCD screens Apple has traditionally been using and allows for darker, truer blacks. If the rumors are anything to go by, the iPhone 8 will come at 5.8 inches with 2800×1242 resolution.
No Home Button
With the edge-to-edge screen, Apple will likely ditch the physical home button this time. Instead, it will sport on-screen buttons found in many Android devices.
But what about the Touch ID? The company’s fingerprint-scanning technology has been integrated into the home button previously. Excluding the physical button will force Apple to locate it elsewhere in the handset. Analysts at Cowen and Company (via Mac Rumors) says Apple has attempted to build it directly into the screen instead. However, it reportedly produces technical difficulties and is the “biggest bottleneck” in production.
Alternatively, the fingerprint scanner can be placed on the back of the device just like Huawei’s phones.
iPhone 4’s All-Glass Build
Many believe that the iPhone 4, which boasts a glass front-and-back and metal sides, was the best-looking smartphone Apple has ever made. The company’s Chief Design Officer (CDO) Jonathan Ive has even long expressed his desire to introduce an iPhone which resembles the 2010 model’s glass casing for a long time so the 2017 anniversary iPhone could be it.
The iPhone 8 is tipped to sport curved glass and include a stainless steel frame. This would make it “similar conceptually” to the iPhone 4. But leaker Benjamin Geskin claims the stainless steel will be polished black, just like in Apple Watch models, giving the handset a much sleeker design.
Vertical Dual-Lens Design
Leaked renders of what are purported iPhone 8 dummy units reveal a change in design on the back of the device. The dual-camera setup found in the iPhone 7 Plus is back. However, they are placed vertically rather than horizontally this time around. Apple is said to be adding a second lens on the front-facing selfie camera as well.
— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) April 23, 2017
Additional Red Color
According to Japanese site Macotakara, this year’s premium iPhone will come in an additional red color. This would add to the existing Black, Jet Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold color options.
The iPhone 8 is initially expected to launch sometime September. But the OLED panels supply is allegedly struggling to meet initial demand. Because of this, there’s a huge chance that the beginning of production will be pushed back by several months. In a worst case scenario, the iPhone 8 may not become available widely until Q1 2018.