On the 10th anniversary a new iPhone, iPhone 8 will be released this year and it is expected to be a big update. It is expected to be a glass and stainless steel redesign with a bezel-less OLED display, a new in-display Touch ID paired with facial recognition, updates to 3D Touch, improved waterproofing, wireless charging, and more.
Following is Apple’s standard naming scheme, with a numeric increase during even years to mark external design changes and an “S” increase during odd years to denote internal feature updates only, the 2017 iPhone would be called the “iPhone 7s.”
Given the major changes Apple plans to introduce to the iPhone in 2017, it seems unlikely the device will receive an “S” name, so there’s a good chance Apple may decide to skip directly to the next full number, naming the 2017 iPhone the iPhone 8.
2007 – iPhone
2008 – iPhone 3G
2009 – iPhone 3GS
2010 – iPhone 4 (new design)
2011 – iPhone 4s
2012 – iPhone 5 (new design)
2013 – iPhone 5s
2014 – iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (new design)
2015 – iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
2016 – iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
2017 – iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
The dummy unit that first surfaced in photos with a new close-up video appearance plus exclusive photos shared with 9to5Mac. The unit shows the already rumored vertical camera, edge-to-edge display, and elongated Home button with no rear Touch ID.
For iPhone 8, Apple granted AR patent for interior design and animated movie posters, includes headset use
Apple has today been granted a patent for augmented reality apps for interior design and animated movie posters. The patent award comes the day after we learned more about plans for an AR app in partnership with Swedish furniture company Ikea.
Apple recently announced ARKit as part of iOS 11, providing hands-on demos at WWDC.
Salient Features of iPhone 8
The iPhone 8 could include more advanced biometric features such as facial recognition or iris scanning, perhaps powered by a new front-facing camera system. This is an alternate method for accessing the iPhone or adding additional layers of protection.
IPhone 8 is also expected to have new Touch ID technology, which will be built under the glass of the display and will “enhance transactions security.” So Apple will switch from a capacitance Touch ID system to an optical system. Addition Apple will also introduce new fingerprint recognition technology developed in-house to iPhone 8.
Apple’s iPhone 8 will also have 3D sensing technology that will be included in the iPhone 8.
There are also rumors that iPhone 8 could include facial and gesture recognition capabilities, which could be powered by a laser and infrared sensor located near the front-facing camera.
The iPhone 8 is expected to include NAND flash memory and it will be available in 64 and 256GB capacities.
Like the iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone 8 is rumored to have 3GB RAM. While one rumor suggests only the high-end OLED model will include 3GB RAM.
A new version of Taptic engine is going to be one of the features that could be included in the 2017. This engine is required to eliminate Home button in iPhone 8.
With Apple implementing glass bodies for the iPhone and introducing at least one OLED display, new 3D Touch technology may be required.
Battery life could be further improved through the use of a more energy efficient OLED panel.
4.7-inch iPhone with a single camera, a 5.5-inch model with a dual-lens camera, and an OLED model in an unspecified size with a dual-lens camera.
The camera in the 2017 iPhone 8 could also support 3D photography effects if Apple opts to use an LG camera module.
A vertical rear camera could potentially result in improved photos and it could enable augmented-reality based features.
For the front-facing camera of the OLED iPhone, Apple is said to be testing a dual-lens camera system, similar to the dual lens setup in the iPhone 7 Plus, allowing for improved front-facing images.
There are rumours that front-facing camera of the iPhone 8 will use a “revolutionary” system consisting of three modules that enable 3D sensing and facial recognition capabilities powered by PrimeSense technology. LG will reportedly supply 3D facial recognition modules for the iPhone 8.
Phone is rumored to include an infrared transmitting module, an infrared receiving module, and a traditional camera.
The iPhone 8 is expected to have new feature with enhanced Siri functionality.