It’s a countdown of mere days that the iPhone 8 will be unveiled in all its glory. Apple is scheduled to host an event on September 12, to officially take the wraps of the successors of last year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. A special anniversary edition of iPhone, which most call iPhone 8, and some say will be called the iPhone X (we’ll come back to that) is also expected. However, before the official words are spoken, a gazillion rumors have already made a spin. So, here’s taking a look at all the rumors and leaks about the much-awaited Apple iPhone 8.
iPhone 8 or iPhone X?
Before we move on to what we could expect on the iPhone features-wise, let’s first get the nomenclature sorted. Now we have all been calling it the iPhone 8 since almost a year now, and we have sort of convinced ourselves that that’s what it will be called. However, there have been some contradicting reports that believe the special edition iPhone will be called the iPhone X. Here, ‘X’ is pronounced as ten representing the Roman alphabet. The report’s source comes from Apple itself announcing it during a meeting in Cupertino on Thursday. The iPhone X somehow makes sense since it would be representing the 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone.
Like we mentioned, there have been a lot of leaks around the iPhone 8, and many of them included renders and mockups of what fans thought the smartphone could look like. And there is a particular design that stuck around, and most people are now imagining that to be closest to the final design of the iPhone 8.
That design shows the iPhone 8 with a full view near-bezel-less display, with just a little notch at the top, which houses the earpiece, sensor and the front camera. This display is widely rumored to be an OLED one, as opposed to the LCDs that Apple has used in all its iPhones.
In fact, the iPhone 8’s OLED display has made quite some news lately. Apple is currently sourcing OLED displays from its industry rival Samsung, which apparently is the only company capable of producing the edge-to-edge OLED panels that Apple is trying to incorporate in the iPhone 8. And that specific supply and demand need has given Samsung the monopoly to price OLED screens at steep prices, in turn making the iPhone 8 to be priced higher too.
Apple may now be paying $120 to $130 (Rs 7,600 to Rs 8,300) for each OLED display panel instead of the price of $45 to $55 (Rs 2,900 to Rs 3,500) for the LCD panels being used in iPhone 7 Plus. Due to which, Ming-Chi Kuo speculates, the iPhone 8 could now be priced between $999 (Rs 64,000 approximately) and $1,200 (Rs 76,800 approximately). So, of course, that premium is the main reason for the surging price of the iPhone. However, Kuo points out other features like a facial-recognition sensor to contribute to the cost as well.
As for the availability, Kuo again speculates a delay. He believed that Apple the iPhone 8 launch may be delayed until November. Besides the issues in supply of OLED display panel, he blamed the delay on the other significant hardware upgrades expected in the iPhone 8 in the form of 3D sensing cameras, new 3D Touch module and the Apple A11 SoC built on 10nm fabrication process. On the contrary, some reports suggest that Apple will start accepting pre-orders for the iPhone by September 15. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 to launch on September 12, sales to begin on September 22: Report
Moving to some of the talking points of the iPhone 8, the camera has to be one of them. Not long ago, in an embarrassing mistake, to say the least, the firmware of Apple’s forthcoming HomePod speaker, revealed a bunch of details about the iPhone 8. And as per what developers found from the firmware, we can expect a front-facing 4K camera on the iPhone 8, which will be capable of capturing video at 60 frames per second. Additionally, the iPhone 8’s rear-facing camera will be able to record 4K video content at 60 frames per second as well.
As it stands now, the FaceTime HD Camera on the front of the iPhone 7 can record video in 1080p. The rear-facing camera, meanwhile, can record 4K video at 30 frames per second. All told, the cameras on the iPhone 8 will be markedly superior to what the iPhone 7 brings to the table. ALSO READ: ARKit: A definitive leap towards making augmented reality mainstream
Aesthetically pleasing, but perhaps still fragile; Apple is expected to move back to its glass and sandwich design for the ‘newly designed’ iPhone 8. When Apple launched the iPhone 4 back in 2010, the smartphone soon grew out of consumer liking owing to its crack prone glass sandwich design, which compelled the company to switch to an aluminum-based design. In what appears to be a move towards taking up its design game, Apple is expected to bring back the glass sandwich design with its iPhone 8 design this year. Despite an iPhone 4-like design, there will be some changes which would set the iPhone 8 apart from the older model, for instance, the edge-to-edge display, and thinner to no bezels.
It is expected that Apple will restrict itself to 3GB of RAM for the iPhone 8. This is attributed to the price surge in the mobile DRAM market. Now, this is likely to in turn impact the shipments of iPhone 8. As for the chipset, it is expected that Apple will use the newer A11 processor, which will be built using the 10nm fabrication process. While there will be lesser RAM, it is speculated that the iPhone 8 will be available in 64GB and 256GB variants only. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 storage variant and price leaked, may not be launched on September 12: Report
However, there has also been a recent report on Weibo, according to which, besides the 64GB and 256GB variant, the iPhone 8 will also come in a higher than ever 512GB one. All three variants will come with 3GB of RAM. An image of SanDisk’s NAND flash 64GB was also shared alleging it to be for the iPhone 8. SanDisk and Toshiba are said to supply 64GB and 256GB memory modules, while Samsung and SK Hynix would take care of the 512GB modules. Of the lot, this was SanDisk’s first mention as a NAND supplier for Apple’s iPhone 8. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 ‘Blush Gold’ color variant leaked
Iris scanner/3D recognition technology
Apple is believed to be working on two new forms of authentication. One is the iris scanner, which many say that Apple has borrowed from Samsung’s last year’s Galaxy Note 7. And the second being the 3D recognition technology, which will allow a user to unlock the phone without actually needing to lift the phone up to their face. In simpler words, the iPhone 8 wouldn’t require a 2D image of your face to recognize you, a view of your chin might just also do the job. It is unclear if the iPhone will feature both or one of the two technologies, though it makes sense if only one of them (Please 3D recognition tech please!) makes the cut. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 to launch in 64GB, 256GB, 512GB storage variants: Report
Besides, some time ago, there were also rumors of Apple working on a under-display fingerprint sensor, but soon the speculation was killed. And the falsity of the rumor was kind of confirmed when Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (which was also believed to feature the same tech) dropped the idea. The Touch ID is believed to be retained on the iPhone 8. ALSO READ: Beyond iPhone 8 on September 12, these are the Apple announcements we expect
One of the most recent rumors about the iPhone 8 is the rumored button dedicated to launch Siri. Something like that seen on the Galaxy S8 duo and the Galaxy Note 8. A developer suggests that since the iPhone 8 will not feature a physical button or home button up front, users will have to use voice commands to invoke Siri. However, that may not be comfortable in most situations, and so Apple might either make a dedicated sleep/wake button for Siri or double the lock button on the top as a Siri launcher.
When the iPhone 7 duo were released, people were really hoping Apple to incorporate wireless charging, but that didn’t happen. With iPhone 8 there are similar rumors, but they seem stronger this time around. Apple is believed to use ‘Made for iPhone (Mfi)’ chargers which are likely to be sold as an additional accessory, and not be available out-of-the-box. However, the rumors of the iPhone 8’s wireless charging technology, were soon followed by the speculation of it being slower than what Android smartphones offer.
According to a recent report, Apple will not follow the current Qi wireless charging that supports charging up to 15 watts, but will stick to Mfi charger with a much lesser capacity of just 7.5 watts. And that will be made worse, with the battery size expected to increase with the iPhone 8 sporting a battery as large as 2,700mAh, the highest to be seen in an Apple smartphone. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 aside, Steve Jobs Theater is another thing to look forward to on September 12