Apple is preparing to mark the anniversary of iPhone by releasing a new improved version of its trademark smartphone. The highly-anticipated device is already referred to as iPhone 8 and it is rumoured to pack many interesting features. However, even though this year the iconic gadget will celebrate ten years since it was first introduced on the market, Apple still has not cut the umbilical cord as it is yet to add wireless charging to its iPhone. Well, all of that may finally change in September, when the tech giant is expected to announce its new product.
iPhone 8’s rumoured new features
As always, rumours surrounding the upcoming iPhone are as many as the grains of sand. While it is hard to sift out the true rumours from the false ones, there are a few which recur in almost every iPhone 8 report. One of them claims that Apple plans to introduce three different devices this year, two of which will be technically upgraded versions of the previous iPhone generation and will be called iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.
No need to sigh with disappointment yet because the third model, currently known as iPhone 8, will be the real deal. It is expected to come with an A11 chip which will add more power under the hood and a biometric authentication support that may range from simple gesture recognition to iris scanner or facial recognition- who knows.
iPhone 8 is also predicted to rock an OLED edge-to-edge display which will eliminate one of the device’s main features – its Home button. Reportedly, together with the Touch ID, it will be replaced by a function area. That, however, is not the only thing Apple plans to leave in the past. The company may finally include a wireless charging function in its new flagship iPhone model. While there is nothing revolutionary about the inductive charging technology, Apple may try to actually use it as a gamechanger.
A ‘gate’ scandal in the making or a revolution
Get your tissues ready because Apple may kill off another main aspect of the iPhone. In 2016, when the Cupertino giant started a wave of frustration among consumers after it decided to ditch the headphone jack from iPhone 7, this year, the company may do the same with its Lightning port. According to The Wall Street Journal, iPhone 8 will have a USB-C port instead of the good old Lightning port.
Will that be a hop or a flop for Apple and its iPhone 8? Well, the answer to that question depends on how wireless will the upcoming iPhone actually be. If the device entirely relies on wireless technology to charge, the UBS-C port will be a great idea as it will allow users to connect their iPhone to their new MacBook without a special adapter. If that is not the case, however, we may witness a controversy similar to one triggered by the HeadphoneGate, HissGate, BendGate and many other “gates” seen in previous iPhones.
Will 2017 be the year of Lighting port-gate for Apple? The world will find out in a few more months.