iPhone 8: Everything you need to know about anniversary-special Apple phone

Rumors about the iPhone 8 began long time back because of Apple's ambitious plan's for the Device. There are abundance of Rumors hitting at the impressive features coming in the iPhone 8 in 2017.

2017 is going to mark the 10th Anniversary of the iPhone and Apple has planned something major to celebrate this Occasion. So far, a lot has been revealed about the next iPhone.

Apple has a major iPhone redesign planned for 2017, with a glass body and edge-to-edge OLED display that includes an integrated Touch ID fingerprint sensor and front-facing camera. The new iPhone may be sold alongside upgraded (but standard) 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones.

All this information gives a small, a tiny hint into what Apple might have in store for us the next year, especially when that year will mark the iPhone's 10th anniversary.

So let's take a quick look at what we know so far. 

Design and Build Quality 

Most rumours hint that the iPhone 8 will come in two sizes and three models -- 4.7 inch, 5.5 inch and 5.5 inch OLED. Or, it could come in these three sizes -- 5.2 inch, 5.5 inch and 5.8 inch, with the last two having OLED screens. Apple might adopt bigger sizes, but from earlier experience we know that abandoning the 4.7-inch size phone could have dire consequences. So chances of that happening aren't that high.

Word about curved display is also doing rounds on the internet. And that of a bezel-less display have similar ring to it. If there is going to be a 5.8-inch curved OLED display on an iPhone 8, it might end up looking like the Note 7 running iOS, and Apple surely wouldn't want that. Let's discuss more on bezel-less screens in the display section below.

Then there is the tale of disappearing home button. Apple replaced the clickable home button with touch button on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that has haptic feedback built into it. The company may go a step further with the iPhone 8 by entirely removing the home button. The claim is supported by a patent that Apple filed, which talked of a capacitive fingerprint sensor with a "dielectric structure having a contact surface"

Wireless charging is something that all the variants of iPhone 8 will possibly have. Or at least that is what a report that cites information from Foxconn suggests. But the rumour that the iPhone would be charged without using a charging pad, what some may call "true wireless charging", is rubbish. We don't have a technology yet, not even in the developing phase, where a charger can transfer current to a small electronic device kept several meters away. Pad charging is acceptable and very probable, given the phone is required to have a glass design.


The Apple Watch has an AMOLED display
Apple will be switching to a different technology for its screens. The OLED screens that SHARP CEO Tai Jeng-wu confirmed Apple would be using in iPhone 8 would suck less battery than the previous LTPS displays. But the report that hints that full face of the iPhone 8 will be covered by the screen is a little hard to believe.

OLED display technology is quite advanced, and we already have devices that carry a curved screen made using that display. But unless the ever invincible, unbreakable glass is invented, I am skeptical of smartphone companies handing over the front to the screen completely.OLED displays are sharper and brighter than LTPS panels.

But Apple may not use it on all of the iPhone 8 variants. On one or two it may keep the good old LCD retina display alive because it is much loved by the users and the LCD screens have ability to show more accurate colours.


Raising the bar with every iPhone, Apple has this habit of topping the performance charts with its new processor in the iPhone. Year after year. The iPhone 8 will possibly house the next-gen Apple chipset - the A11 -- and we expect it to keep up the tradition of the being significantly faster in benchmarks than the A10 inside the iPhone 7.

A11 is said to be manufactured by TMSC (and not Samsung as many reports stated earlier) on its 10nm processes. Qualcomm snapdragon 835 is also built on a similar process, but by Samsung. It is believed that TMSC will also use the 10nm process for MediaTek and HiSilicon processors.


After a dual-camera setup (rear camera having two sensors) on the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple will undoubtedly further spruce up the photography performance on the iPhone 8. In the iPhone 7 Plus, the telephoto lens lacks optical image stabilisation.

Apple will possibly fix this in the iPhone 8. In fact, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is often accurate about Apple, says that the company will be using the dual camera setup on iPhone 8 with OIS on both lenses. In the world of Android, Hauwei has already deployed OIS in both lenses in the Mate 9.

The Unknowns

Although a lot of information related to the iPhone 8 is tricking out of the Apple campus, there are many bits that are still unknown. We don't know much about the front camera of the iPhone 8. Many Android companies are focusing heavily on the front camera and it is possible that Apple may also join the bandwagon with the iPhone 8. It may put in a better image sensor for the front camera in the phone as well as may give it a wider lens.

We know the home button is going away in the iPhone 8, at least the rumours say it, and there is a possibility that too ease the unlocking of the phone, Apple may include an Iris Scanner in the phone.

And then there is the battery. Not much is known about that but the chances are that the iPhone 8 may get a bigger and longer lasting battery, along with possibly faster charging because some of these solutions - the Dash charging in OnePlus 3, for example - are already there in the Android phones and consumers like them. 

We also haven't heard anything about the internal storage and RAM. But chances are that RAM is going to be 3GB, which will be similar to what high-end Android phones have nowadays, while the base internal storage will be 32GB. Until this year, it used to be 16GB before Apple changed it with the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Chances are that Apple won't change it again in just one year.

Pricing and availability

Apple keeps the same base price for every launch, and will probably be the same with iPhone 8. It is expected to somewhere between Rs 50,000-Rs 55,000. Given the 10th anniversary occasion there might be a special edition device costing more. But otherwise, expect the obvious. The phones will be launching in September.


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