I would love to argue with those who disagree that the mobile devices segment is always dominated by news and rumors surrounding Apple and Samsung. Consider this: Apple will most probably launch the tenth-anniversary model of its flagship smartphone, widely-expected to be called the “iPhone 8”, in the fall. But speculations about the device’s features and specs have already surfaced all over the web.
It’s just February, isn’t it?
While there are still months to go before Apple’s usual iPhone release season, a new report from Fast Company said this year’s iPhone would likely cost more than $1,000. Citing sources with knowledge of Apple’s plans, the report also suggested that the new handset would be the most feature-rich iPhone ever, and Apple could also call it the “iPhone X.”
In terms of the form-factor, the report said the sides of the iPhone 8 could be made of “forged stainless steel” and the back could be made of glass. All these design aesthetics will make the new iPhone look like “a smooth black monolith.”
Now let’s dig into six interesting features that Fast Company’s sources expect to push the iPhone 8’s price tag over $1,000.
1. 3D-sensing technology
The sources told Fast Company that Apple is working with Milpitas, California-based Lumentum to develop 3D sensing technology for the next iPhone. However, the report didn’t provide details on how this new technology will be used in the phone.
Our source says Apple has been working with Lumentum (formed when JDS Uniphase split in 2014) on 3D-sensing technology for the new high-end phone. It remains unclear how the technology will be applied, however. It could be used to recognize the user’s face for authentication. It could also be used in the camera to provide better image resolution. It could even be used in some form of augmented reality application, according to our source.
2. OLED display
The next-generation iPhone is also rumored to sport an OLED display which will likely stretch across the entire front of the iPhone 8. According to the sources, an OLED display will cost Apple nearly twice as much as the traditional LCD display used in the current iPhone models.
3. Memory upgrade
The iPhone 8 is also expected to get a memory upgrade from the existing iPhone 7 line. However, the report didn’t clarify whether the upgrade means faster memory or a new high-end 512GB version.
4. Bigger battery
The report said the iPhone 8 could feature “a far bigger battery” than the iPhone 7. While the exact size of the battery sill remains unclear, given the rumored improvements over the current model, incorporating a more powerful battery would be a legitimate move by Apple. But yes, “a far bigger battery” sounds a bit exaggerated.
5. Larger Display
As many reports have claimed earlier, Fast Company also reported that the iPhone 8’s display would measure 5.8-inches diagonally. Although Apple is planning a 4.7-inch “iPhone 7s” and a 5.5-inch “iPhone 7s Plus,” only the iPhone 8 will feature the LOED screen, the sources told Fast Company.
It’s worth mentioning here that an analyst recently said that Apple was indeed buying larger flexible display panels to get a curved design on its future iPhones, but the actual active area would be within 5.1 to 5.2 inches of the display.
6. No physical buttons
You read it right. Apple could ditch all the physical buttons on the new iPhone, including the Home button. According to the sources, the Home button will be placed underneath the display surface, turning it into a button to touch, not press.
In addition, the physical buttons along the side, such as the volume button, power button and mute switch, will also go all digital.
These are the main expected features of the iPhone 8 that could make Apple charge over $1,000 for the device. Although it sounds expensive, it’s not that much of a stretch considering that the 256GB version of the iPhone 7 Plus sells for $969.
So what’s your take on a $1,000+ iPhone 8? By the way, the phone will definitely be feature-packed. Are you in?