It’s not due to land for the best part of a year. But thanks to some major leaks and plenty of tittle tattle on technology news sites, we already know quite a lot about next year’s iPhone.
Dubbed the iPhone 8 (word is there’ll be no iPhone 7S), the 2017 edition of the iPhone is set to come loaded with impressive new tech and feature a radical, fresh design, as Apple really pushes the boat out to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its smartphone.
Want the inside line? Here are five key things we know so far about the iPhone 8:
1 Three sizes
A report from Japanese business news site Nikkei claims that Apple will release three iPhone 8 models in 2017. Two will be the same size as the existing iPhone 7 range: a smaller 4.7–inch device and a larger 5.5–inch one.
However, Apple is also said to be planning to offer an in–between device, measuring 5–inches. We shall see.
2 Curved screen
There’s been a lot of chat about whether Apple would include a curved screen with the iPhone 8, following the lead of Samsung, whose phones have included the futuristic display tech since 2015.
Insiders say the smaller 4.7–inch and 5–inch models will have flat screens, while the larger iPhone 8, most likely called the iPhone 8 Plus, will have a curved design.
This would fit with Apple’s strategy of offering higher-end technology in its largest iPhone, something it started this year with the iPhone 7 Plus’s dual lens camera.
3 All glass design
Changing the design of the iPhone has long been rumoured when it comes to the iPhone 8. And while talk of scrapping the home button remains airy, a series of fairly reliable reports from Apple's Asian supply chain suggest that Jonathan Ive and his team have settled on a new, all–glass look for the iPhone 8.
This would hark back to the iPhone 4, arguably Apple’s best-ever iPhone, and allow it to break from the somewhat uninspired looks of the current iPhone range.
4 Snappier camera
The iPhone 7’s camera is the one thing that really sets it apart from the Phone 6s. However, Apple is not resting on its laurels, with an unnamed staffer saying the company is working on a ‘better’ camera for the iPhone 8.
This will most likely entail bringing the dual lens tech of the iPhone 7 Plus to the smaller phones in the range, as well as offering more megapixels and better low light performance.
5 Wireless charging
Wireless charging is the holy grail for smartphone-makers. Samsung has tried with its Galaxy S7, but the charging plate for that device has never really caught on.
It’s been claimed that Apple partner Foxconn is producing wireless charging models for the iPhone 8, with Apple set to offer either a special charging point for its next–generation handset or, according to precious patent leaks, build a wireless charging plate into its MacBooks.
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