Apple’s iPhone 8 Rumors Round up: 3D Touch, OLED Display & More

It’s barely a year since iPhone 7 officially launched into the market but there’s no stopping the fact that its successor, iPhone 8 is destined to cause more ripples in the smartphone space. 2017 means a lot to more to Apple because it marks iPhone’s 10th anniversary.

No one knows exactly how the company intends to celebrate this anniversary but it’s a sure thing there will be plenty of surprises. IPhone’s look hasn’t had any major overhaul for the last three years and this is one of the major surprises we all look forward to.

Well, some rumors are a quite far-fetched so we only intend to explore the sensible ones.

Name

We have gotten used to the digit-based naming with on occasional S and a ‘plus’ next to it for the advanced version. For instance, iPhone 6 and 6S. But what we are name-guessing as iPhone 8 may actually turn out to be something else like iPhone X or perhaps iPhone Edition. No doubt the name deserves a change and we can’t wait to see the fancy name Apple will come up with.

Design

The iPhone 8 is set to feature 2.5D curved glass panels. For the uninitiated, 2.5D simply refers to the slight curvature on the perimeter of the glass display. Both the front and back side of the phone will feature the said glass panel with a nicely polished stainless steel midframe sandwiching them.

Let’s face it, Samsung’s Galaxy 8 screen to body ratio was a marvel and a good number of us are yet to recover from obsessing over its magnificence. Well, iPhone 8’s snazzy True Tone OLED display takes this to a whole new level with its impeccable screen to body ratio.

An earlier report by Bloomberg did mention that Apple placed orders for about 100 million OLED display from its long-term rival Samsung. Samsung is said to be the only company with the capacity to supply such a huge amount of OLED displays.

3-D Touch

There have been dozens of speculations on this feature so far and chances that it could actually come included with the phone are almost at 90%. Not too long ago, Apple did acquire a small-sized startup from Israel named LinX. The small firm specializes in 3D imaging and the need to have a more advanced 3D touch module could have been one of the motivations behind the acquisition.

A report by Apple Insider also mentioned that TPK holdings, the firm that implements 3D touch on the current iPhone will be the one implementing the same on the iPhone 8 but at a higher price due to the complexities of working with an OLED display.

Dual Camera set up

At its rear, the iPhone 8 has a dual camera set up equipped with the capacity to change orientation between vertical and horizontal. A 2X optical zoom feature set to be featured on iPhone 7 plus will also feature on iPhone 8’s dual camera set up with additional new augmented reality (AR) features.

It’s not exactly sure whether the same features will be available for the front camera.

The additional of a wireless charging feature was one of the foremost rumors about iPhone8 to hit the web.  This was actually confirmed in a report by CNBC.

Release date and price

Since 2012, when iPhone 5 was launched into the market, Apple has been consistent with the date with which they launch every other new iPhone. This has taken place in September of every of other year, which means the launch date could just be 5 months away but for the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus.

Initially, there were reports that iPhone 8 was running a few months behind schedule for various reasons. So we can only speculate that its launch date will be held perhaps close to or just after Christmas. So this means you’ll have to hold on for about one or two months after the launch of iPhone 7s for you to lay your hands on the stylish iPhone 8.

Unlike the previous iPhone versions, iPhone 8 with its fancy display, an OLED panel, 3D touch and the few additional new features we’ve mentioned could shoot its usual prices by over 50%. The price could differ based on the storage, with the basic version (128GB) probably hitting the $1000 mark and the other higher version (s) going beyond.

Steve Hemmerstoffer, a French gadget leaker known for posting iPhone rumors most of which have turned out to be true like the iPhone 7 Case did post a video of what to expect from iPhone 8. However, he was quick to note that the video isn’t 100% correct but you might you want to check it out below:

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