As we draw closer to the much anticipated iPhone 8, speculations about the new flagship smartphone start circulating around the web. Whether it’s genuine or drafted, the news that is published for the readers usually includes a feature or two that are too far fetched, resulting in disappointment upon release. Marking the 10th anniversary of the iPhone line, iPhone lovers, including myself, expect a diamond in the rough; a product that will blow all other smartphones out of the water. So, what should we expect?
In this article we’ll be going over the top 5 most realistic features expected for the next iPhone.
1. OLED Display
Apple has held on to the LCD screens in iPhones up to now, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the display is a close competitor to other OLED screens on the market. OLED displays offer a higher pixel density and optimised battery life resulting in a much more sort after device. According to Bloomberg, Apple have been in talks with Sharp to supply OLED screens in the iPhone 8, this will all depend on Sharp’s production capabilities. If all goes to plan, we should expect to see alluring OLED screens used in the next iPhone.
2. Loss of Home Button
As Apple drive towards a sleek, bezel-less device, the iconic home button, amongst other components, must be eradicated. Fortunately, the loss of the home button will give Apple the chance to add more demanding features to the iPhone 8. Features could include: extended battery life, a larger screen (edge-to-edge display) and/or improved haptic/touch sensors. This will not be a negligent move from Apple at all, as according to Mirror, the technology for a fingerprint scanner to be built into the display is ready to be implemented.
3. Improved Water Resistance
With the introduction of ip67 water resistance in the iPhone 7 & iPhone 7+, consumers have had the chance to expose their phones to water and dust without the worry of it malfunctioning. Sources say that the next iPhone will harbour water resistance with a rating of ip68, which is currently used in the Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge. The introduction of this feature will allow consumers to have much more freedom when out and about with their iPhone 8 with a water resistance of up to 1.5m for up to 30 minutes.
4. Wireless/Long Range/Fast Charging
Numerous android companies including Samsung have added wireless and fast charging into their devices, making charging easier, safer and much faster. Apple is finally stepping up their game and is implementing Wireless and Fast charging, not only that but they have also teamed with WattUp to bring Long Range charging into the iPhone 8. WattUp is a company that has designed a wireless charging device that charges your phone via WiFi with a range of up to 5 meters. With the addition of these features, charging your phone will be as simple as walking into a room.
5. Battery Life
iPhone’s are known for their terrible battery life, Apple claim the battery will last a full day from a full charge, but if you’re a heavy user, you will know for a fact that’s not true. Thankfully, you’re in luck! With the removal of the home button and the addition of an OLED display, we can expect a much more improved battery life. As it is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, we expect no less!
iPhone’s are usually announced early September and go on sale mid-September so we should expect to see Apples Keynote around that time.
As all the features we’ve been over in this article are highly sort after, you’ll be paying a pretty penny for the iPhone 8 with prices starting at £599 ($649 USD).