UPDATE: 02-15-2017: Apple’s biggest selling product of all time is rarely out of the headlines, as is the yet to be confirmed iPhone 8. Long before the current crop of handsets was released by the Cupertino-based outfit, 2017’s addition was an established part of the rumor mill. However, the company as always remains tight-lipped and speculation is all we have. So let’s take a look at what Ming-Chi Kuo and others are suggesting right now!

iPhone 8 Screen Size

The DigiTimes is reporting that the 10th anniversary model of iPhone could come with a 5.8-inch display. Which does fit with reports we’ve seen previously. However, it’s also rumored that 4.7 and 5.5-inch models could be released. If accurate, the smaller two are likely to be a 7s and a 7s Plus not additional iPhone 8 models.

OLED Technology

One persistent rumor that continues to be talked about is Apple’s move away from tried and tested LCD technology. Apparently, this year will see an iPhone for the first time use OLED panels. A move which has been asked of Apple for a long time.

Coming via the much respected Ming-Chi Kuo, he suggests Apple has been in talks with Samsung a supplier of OLED’s for some time. Leading to the South Korean firm receiving an order for more than 60-million of the display units.

Improved Battery

Recently MacRumors got to see a leaked report which suggests the iPhone 8’s battery will be an improvement over previous. However, it is apparent that no major improvements are expected in the technology. Instead, efficiencies will be gained by using a stacked logic board, also known as a “substrate-like PCB mainboard.” It’s thought that with the inclusion of an edge-to-edge display and the above, these will provide room for a larger battery.

On this matter, Ming-Chi Kuo told MacRumors:

“As battery material tech isn’t likely to see significant breakthroughs in the next 3-5 years. The mainboard area must be reduced via stacked SLP, which makes space for larger battery and extended usage time. Thanks to stacked SLP, we expect the OLED iPhone 8 to have similar dimensions to a 4.7” iPhone. Additionally, it will have comparable battery capacity (equipped with around 2,700 mAh L-shaped 2-cell battery pack) to a 5.5” TFT-LCD iPhone. The battery life of the OLED iPhone could be better than that of the 5.5” TFT-LCD model as OLED panels are more energy-efficient than their TFT-LCD counterparts.”

Cost $1000

Rumors of a reinforced glass chassis and a stainless steel metal frame have been circling for some time. However, if true, they’re likely to be supplied by Foxconn and US-based Jabil Circuit. While Catcher Technology will provide the aluminum-alloy chassis, with these in place The DigiTimes claims the handset could cost $1000 or more!

No Dual Camera

Another report that has its origins from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests the 7 Plus’s dual-snapper won’t appear on the 8. It looks as though the cost of incorporating such technology into a smartphone means it will bypass a standard 8. Instead, it could be found on a later iPhone 8 Plus model. However, another analyst has said the iPhone 8 would have a single sensor. While there will be two models of the iPhone 8 Plus, both with dual-lens cameras.

RAM and Chipset

Due to the overwhelming success of the A10 Fusion chip, many rumors suggest Apple has its partners working on a second. Possibly called the A11 Fusion it is expected to be almost perfectly efficient and use a Quad-Core CPU. Now, depending on screen size, it’s thought that a minimum of 3GB will be used and a maximum of 4GB. Right now the iPhone 7 Plus uses 3GB, so some improvement is to be expected.

Final Thoughts

There’s this theory going around that Apple has played it safe for the past few years offering minor improvements. One area in which this theory is accurate is in design, however, could 2017 be the year that changes? We expect Apple will make the iPhone 8 or a variation of it, their most advanced handset ever! In fact, it’s hard to believe they could be so arrogant as to think consumers will stick around without innovation.

Surely looking to the past, and lessons learned too late by the likes of Nokia and BlackBerry are enough to spur it on.

UPDATE: 02-10-2017 The latest news on the iPhone 8 suggests that the next generation Apple iPhone may be the most expensive mobile the corporation has ever released. While rumors about the extensive hardware and software updates included in the handset have undoubtedly got tongues wagging, it seems that these improvements will come at a premium.

A source close to the company’s East Asian supply chain divulged to Fast Company that the iPhone 8 could be the first smartphone from Apple to break through the $1,000 price tag. The most expensive model of the current iPhone generation retails for around $969 currently, and that is even for the premium 256GB version.

iPhone 8 Wireless Charging Energous
Image Credit: Energous Corporation / YouTube video (screenshot)

There is no news on which model of the iPhone will retail for this jaw-dropping $1,000 figure, but it is believed that the inclusion of an OLED display for the first time will have a serious impact on production costs. The aforementioned source indicates that Apple is currently working hard to acquire as many OLED displays as possible, but the limited number of manufacturers available means that availability is relatively scarce.

What the high price tag mooted does suggest is that the next generation iPhone 8 will indeed be a truly premium mobile.

Wireless charging coming

Elsewhere, the ongoing saga of whether or not Apple will include wireless charging in the iPhone 8 seems to have taken another turn in the last couple of days. Renowned KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple will include this transformative technology in its next phone, after some analysts previously indicated that Apple may turn its back on wireless charging due to technical difficulties.

A new report by Mac Rumors authored by Kuo suggests that Apple will finally introduce wireless charging in the next iPhone generation. Some additional details related to this are also interesting to note, with Kuo indicating that wireless charging technology has a tendency to increase the internal temperature of mobile phones. This means that Apple must include OLED and glass casing in order to include a new 3D Touch module with what Kuo describes as “additional graphite sheet lamination” in order to prevent the device from overheating.

“While we don’t expect general users to notice any difference, lamination of an additional graphite sheet is needed for better thermal control and, thus, steady operation; this is because FPCB is replaced with film, which is more sensitive to temperature change of the 3D touch sensor in OLED iPhone,” Kuo stated in the research note.

New features mooted

In other iPhone 8 news, several other new features have been suggested for the next generation smartphone. It is believed that Apple will offer several new color options to consumers of this smartphone, with a vibrant red color being linked with the smartphone in some quarters. It also looks increasingly likely that Apple will include an iris scanner with the iPhone 8, considering that security is ever more important in the mobile niche.

Finally, the demise of the Home button seems to be imminent, with numerous publications now announcing this as being decided at Apple internally, even if the Californian corporation has yet to confirm this publicly.

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