Apple’s 2017 flagship iPhone 8 is widely expected to see major visual changes. The home button and fingerprint sensor are said to find a new home in the display. Apple is also switching from LCD to dual-edge OLED display panels that are more energy efficient and offer more vivid colors. Now concept designer Thadeu Brandão has created a stunning iPhone 8 concept video that would make you want to own it.
This iPhone 8 concept has a dynamic home button
Brandão imagines what the 10th anniversary iPhone would look like. At the beginning of the video, it looks similar to the iPhone 7 Plus, and then you begin to notice the vast differences in design. Interestingly, the designer has not removed the home button. It’s still there, but it has become the part of the display. The home button is dynamic, similar to the Touch Bar on the latest MacBook Pro.
The volume buttons and side switch are influenced by the original iPhone. The display covers the entire face of the device. Rumors have indicated in the past that the iPhone 8 would have a bezel-less design, but it is too early to say what the final design would look like. The phone will have a glass-sandwich design where the front and rear glass panels would be supported by a stainless steel frame.
iPhone 8 features and specs
Other rumored features of the upcoming iPhone include wireless charging and a laser sensor for facial recognition. Apple has been working with Energous to bring long-distance wireless charging to the iPhones. However, Copperfield Research recently said that the iPhone 8 would have Apple’s in-house inductive wireless charging rather than Energous’ long-distance charging technology.
Last week, supply chain sources told DigiTimes that Apple’s voice assistant Siri would receive a major overhaul this year. The Cupertino company will use technology from the machine learning startup Turi to enhance Siri’s capabilities. Apple acquired Turi in August last year. Siri faces tough competition from Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, and Samsung’s upcoming Bixby. The iPhone 8 is also said to have IP68 waterproof and dustproof rating.
iPhone 8 to cost more than its predecessor
Cowen & Company analyst Tim Arcuri said a few days ago that the iPhone 8 could be more expensive than the iPhone 7. Arcuri said strong sales of the iPhone 7 Plus with dual-camera setup prove that buyers are willing to pay more for cool features. A radical new design and exciting features would bump up the price of the upcoming iPhone. The analyst also pointed out that OLED displays are more expensive than LCD panels.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are expected to be unveiled in September. Some analysts believe that the 10th anniversary iPhone could be called iPhone X rather than iPhone 8.