Crystal Gazing the Apple iPhone 8

This is the 10th anniversary of the launch of iconic iPhone and this makes us believe that iPhone 8 is gonna be special!

Every year, in the fall, Apple – arguably the world’s most watched mobile company – has a new iteration of smartphones, amazing enough to leave us awestruck. But this year is gonna be different for the simple fact that this year happens to be the 10th anniversary of the iconic iPhone! And this gives us the optimism that we have something huge to see as we wait to lay our hands on the 2017 iPhone, the much-awaited (we need drum rolls please!) – iPhone 8.

While we know we will get an iPhone this year but what will it be like? Well iPhone has been quite tightlipped about it but then what are rumours, leaks and speculations (whatever you wish to call them) for! In fact, it has almost become a vocation to speculate on iPhone 8. It has spawned its very own speculation factory and this is what we are going to indulge in – crystal gazing with the help of all the speculations and of course informed talks too!

Design: With the launch of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, we knew Apple will be throwing the innovation spins for the upcoming iPhone models. But who knows what Apple will serve on its plate? Since the iPhone 8 started making rounds, it is suggested that this year would witness not one, not two but three iPhones, namely the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and Your Highness- the iPhone 8. While some suggest a stainless steel frame for the devices, other leaks hint at Apple bringing back the glass rear tradition it got over with the iPhone 4s. Another speculation throws light on the curved edges the three models could sport. There is also a possibility that the new iPhone models might be painted in three colours, namely, copper gold, silver and black.

Display: Among the many features the iPhone 8 will come with, is the display for the smartphone. Ever since the first iPhone 8 rumour, it has been suggested that the device will, for the first time, feature OLED display panels, and yes, is expected to hop onto the bezel-less bandwagon, much like other brands are doing. All the rumours and speculations clubbed together are strong indicators of OLED displays we are bound to see.

New additions: The main attractions for any carnival are those little things, enticing the kids to come over. Such is the case with the 2017 iPhone. In order to keep up with its vast user base and create some more, Apple aims to add ‘those little things’ to lure users all over the world. For this, the first speculation is the addition of facial recognition. While some suggest it to be an addition to Apple’s Touch ID (which could also see some improvements), some speculate facial recognition tech to completely replace the existing Touch ID. Additionally, it is also likely that we might see the fingerprint scanner underneath the display. Whichever the case is, it will be definitely welcomed whole-heartedly by us.

Another new feature could be the addition of a sort of depth sensor to further the Cupertino tech major’s big time urge to get into Augmented Reality. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were IP67 certified, so the upgraded versions ought to come with some enhanced protection from water and dust (we are hinting at IP68 rating).

The 2016 iPhone models bid adieu to the 3.5mm audio jack, introducing USB Type-C port and lightning cable for the duo. This year, we might not need cables at all; it could be wireless charging for us. It would be interesting to see how it will turn out.

AI is all over the tech world, but Apple already has a virtual assistant. However, adding to Siri’s accolades is no harm, and this is what Apple is rumoured to do; to further improve the assistant, assisting us with its ‘special services’.

Cameras: And the favourite part is in the limelight! So, lights, camera and action. 2017 iPhones are strongly expected to come with dual cameras. While the alleged iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus could sport the old horizontally placed dual cameras at the back, the iPhone 8 might see a change, we might see them being positioned vertically. The smartphones might feature a ‘revolutionary’ front camera with infrared module, capable to capture 3D images, support iris and facial recognition, and be compatible with AR-ready games. Well, we hope Apple doesn’t leave us disappointed over here!

Other specs: While we can’t confirm on the authenticity of the information we are getting to hear time and again, we can still consider them to be almost true (given the reputation of Apple rumours). In terms of technical specifications, the smartphones are expected to feature the A11 chipset, be equipped with the usual 32GB, 128GB and 256GB of internal options, and a ‘bigger’ 2,700mAh battery capacity (hope to get a better battery though!), due to the presence of a logic board or substrate-like PCB mainboard.

Price and Availability: And lastly, is the section we wish never touches the roof. By this, we mean the price, which this time could be sky high. Well, the iPhone 8 is speculated to come with a four-digit price tag, crossing $1000. The base model for the iPhone 8 could start at $850. The pricing details for the other two models still remain behind the veil.

In terms of the availability, the 2017 iPhone lineup is expected to hit the stage in the customary month of September (maybe September 12) and arrive at the Indian shores, preferably in October.

Just like every year, we expect something humungous from Apple, paying heed to our expectations. While Apple rumours often turn out to be a reality, Apple’s mind can’t be read. So, Apple- don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me down!


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