Apple is expected to launch the next generation of its iPhone series later this year.
The new iPhone 8 series, if the rumors are correct, will be different in size and feel.
DigiTimes quoted a source stating that Apple will release three models in different sizes. These include 4.7, 5.5, and 5.8 inches. The phones are expected to launch in the second half of 2017.
The phones will have a curved screen similar to the 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge.
The tech giant hopes to sell many of these new editions. Between 60 and 70 million units are expected to be sold for the largest version alone.
Some believe that the two smaller versions will actually be called 7s and 7s Plus, as Apple has done with the previous lines.
The iPhone 8 could be the 10th anniversary special edition as the company unveils a special phone to mark the decade-long milestone.
Many reporters who follow this space say that the iPhone 8 will have an OLED screen. Screens will be supplied by Samsung.
The screens could be made of plastic instead of glass. Some believe that the surround-style OLED display will have built-in sensors for things like gesture recognition.
An article of PCADVISOR in the UK he quoted Robert Scoble, a well-known tech strategist, who posted on Facebook that the phone’s screen will be a piece of clear glass where holograms can be placed over the real world, just like Microsoft HoloLens does. There will be a new type of interface with a pop-up viewer. The headset will have a sensor.
He cites sources that indicate that the battery and antennas will be hidden around the edges of the screen. Apple will fit into some of the pieces even when most of the chips that make up a phone are in a pack / strip at the bottom of the phone.
The article points to a patent report for a bezel-less phone. The technology could include display technology that uses self-lighting capable pixels (such as OLEDs) arranged on a flexible surface with gaps in between.
Other rumors include a report that Apple will ditch the home button for a system that places fingerprint detection technology under the screen.
Both of them CNET and Apple Insider claim that Apple will forge the iPhone 8 in steel.
A new red iPhone is also available, according to the Japanese site Makotacara. This is in addition to the usual black, jet black, silver gold, and rose gold options.
The camera is believed to be a continuation of the dual lens setup. Business Insider Apple reports that it is considering integrating augmented reality (AR) into the camera app.
Additional predictions include that the new line of phones could include wireless charging. The physical home button could also be removed.
Facial recognition and / or iris scanning is another possibility. Security could include storing biometric data, capturing the fingerprint and possibly the photo of the thief who stole the phone.
Some believe that Apple is creating an electronic SIM card to replace the physical SIM cards in use today. The benefit will provide the user with more flexible roaming and will eliminate the need for specific SIM cards for each operation.
The price is still in limbo, but many believe that one or all of the so-called iPhone 8 series will be Apple’s most expensive phone to date.
Apple rarely fails with introductions of its new phones and the new iPhone 8 series will be something the tech world is watching with the greatest anticipation.