It seems that iPhone 7 came out only yesterday, but tech experts are already looking forward to the next big iPhone release: iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 is expected to be particularly innovative, as 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the iPhone. Here is a brief look at what we know (or at least what seems probable) about iPhone 8 so far.
iPhone 8 will probably debut later than expected.
Apple’s iPhone 8 was originally slated to be released in September of this year, but as of last month it looks like the latest iPhone will not be released until late November at the very earliest. Still, tech experts are speculating that it would be unwise to release iPhone 8 so late in the year—and so soon after the expected iPhone 7S and 7S Plus upgrades in September of this year. This points to a potentially more strategic release date of March 2018. Still, Apple does tend to exhibit a conservative nature when it comes to its product releases, so it wouldn’t be very surprising to see Apple stick to its typical September release. Only time will tell with this one.
It will feature an edge-to-edge OLED display.
Say goodbye to the home button; this iPhone is expected to feature an edge-to-edge OLED display, with an integrated touch ID fingerprint sensor and front facing camera. This edge-to-edge display would make the iPhone 8 similar in size to the 4.7 inch iPhone (think iPhone 7), but with a display that’s similar in size to the 5.5 inch iPhone (think iPhone 7 Plus). As for the OLED display, this would mark a major change from the traditional iPhone LCD display. The flexible plastic OLED would allow for a thinner device that consumes less power and offers even richer color detail.
It will feature a glass body.
You should expect a major external redesign for iPhone 8, as it would be very surprising if Apple didn’t make any changes to iPhone’s external design for what would be the fourth year in a row. Tech experts are predicting that iPhone 8 will feature an all-glass body, much like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy Note 7. Two Apple suppliers have suggested that the body will feature glass built around an aluminum or stainless steel frame.
It may be capable of wireless charging.
Wireless charging has been a standard feature in several Android phones for a few years now, so an iPhone capable of wireless charging couldn’t be more timely. So while this is still definitely a rumor, it does seem likely. The iPhone 8 may be wireless charging capable thanks to the Smart Connector technology you currently see in Apple’s iPad Pro.