Apple has been planning to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of their flagship product iPhone with a bang. iPhone 8 is supposed to be everything the user has ever hoped for and more, both in terms of design and functionality. Now whether it is going to be so or not, we will have to wait until September 2017 when it will most probably be released. iPhones are known for many things, including being pretty beautiful, so let’s have a look at what we know about the design of the new gadget this far.
A new, sexier body
Since 2012 iPhone has had an aluminium body which was to a large extend responsible for the distinct look of the hipster smartphone. In order to make iPhone 8 different, Apple has decided to ditch that and use glass-backed body. Now, this is not an innovation per se, because glass was used for all models up until iPhone 4. Critics point out that this material is heavier and more prone to damage than aluminium, but we should not forget that many advances in the technology were made since it was used.
Not one, not two but three iPhone 8s
Persistent rumours suggest that there will be as many as three versions of the iPhone 8 designs – a “Premium” one and two regular. The Premium will use the curved OLED display, while the other two will be a safe bet on two LCD devices. Before anyone gets exited, we must point out that according to the latest leaks the curved displays may not be happening, and no one can tell for sure the difference between the two “regular” models.
The frame that will stand the test of time
Even if the Premium version does not feature the much anticipated curved display, there is a good chance the design of this version is going to include a stainless-steel frame for better durability, which is good news for anyone who has ever sat on an iPhone before. The bad news is that the cheaper iPhone 8 are less likely to feature such a handy frame.
Size matters. Does it, really?
Quite naturally, everyone is obsessed with the size of the future iPhone 8. In case the OLED display is actually going to become a reality, it will most probably be in the same 4.7 inch size as previous models. Judging from past experience that would be the standard size for the other two types of iPhone 8 too. Those who think that size is actually important for performance are not going to be disappointed either, because Apple are said to be working on a 5.5 inch version of the iPhone 8 as well.
As always, however, we will know what the new iPhone looks like when we see it released. Up until that moment, it is all rumours, so whatever you hear, just do not get your hopes too high. Thus you cannot be disappointed.
The New iPhone 8 Will Feature a… Camera
The rumour mill is on for the upcoming of the latest baby of Apple – the new iPhone 8. Although there are still many speculations on what exactly the particular specs of the new iPhone would be and even whether it will be named iPhone 8 or will get another moniker, one of the most exciting features is expected to be its front-facing camera. The analysers expect the camera to be at least 8 MP and to feature many extras, one of which is AR (augmented reality), which will allow users have more fun while taking pictures with it.
What is AR and Why iPhone 8 Must Have It
Augmented reality is often compared with Virtual reality (VR), however AR is seen as the more interesting one of the two. VR creates an isolated environment and requires a headset that separates you from the rest of the world, while AR is a tool to connect people in a way. With the help of an AR app you see an image through your camera that is superimposed onto the real world. With Pokémon GO craze taking all over the world obviously Apple is taking a smart step with this feature and has the perfect timing of releasing the new iPhone 8. They can only hope that people will fall in love with the latest iPhone the same way they did with the cute little Pokémon and at the same time keep their fingers crossed that it won’t cause them the same trouble as the game caused to its creators due to the several severe accidents associated with it.
The Rest of the Best of iPhone 8 Camera
The information available in the web also reveals that Apple will use a 3D sensing front-facing camera with an addition of an IR module. Thus iPhone 8 will be able to recognise the invisible infrared light and analyse the signals. The camera should be able to sustain 3D rendering and utilise the FaceTime sensor to identify the face of the person. The entire system is based on the PrimeSense technology developed by Microsoft Kinect. For the selfie lovers the new iPhone 8 offers the possibility of taking 3D selfies in AR. Needless to say that the phone will be suitable for playing 3D games as well.
With this information revealed it now makes sense why Apple has acquired several companies that are related to the AR technology, such as:
- RealFace – based in Tel Aviv and specialised in cyber-security and facial recognition – one of the alleged new features of iPhone 8 camera;
- PrimeSense – also located in Tel Aviv and dealing with 3D sensing; and
- Metaio – based in Germany and known for the software it developed that allows users apply different colours and finishes to products.
With this array of wonderful camera features the ranks of selfie-makers are expect to increase manifold and social media might get overloaded with people wanting to share their latest 3D masterpiece. For $1200 (which is the expected prize of the iPhone) you can be one of them too.