Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are flying off the shelves, partially thanks to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 debacle. A section of Apple fans is more excited about the next year’s device, likely to be called iPhone 8. Apple seems to have already been working on the iPhone 8. Folks at Patently Apple have spotted a trademark filing that shows what the 2017 iPhone’s logo might look like.
It could also be for activity sharing in Apple Watch
It was filed earlier this week in Hong Kong. According to the filing, the “8” logo is crafted from colored circular bars similar to the one you see on Apple’s Activity app. Patently Apple spotted two trademark filings. One of them was filed under International Class 9, which covers everything around the world. The second filing was under International Class 45, which covers personal services and social services, providing customer-specific information online and offline.
Notably, the two trademarks were originally filed in Jamaica back in July. Apple did not reveal anything further about the figurative trademark in its filing. It’s too early to say whether it indeed is the iPhone 8 logo. It could also be an Activity app icon for activity sharing, as in two friends challenging each other in a competition. The iPhone 8 is rumored to introduce a radical design overhaul to mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone.
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What to expect from iPhone 8?
The iPhone 8 is said to sport a dual-edge curved OLED display. The home button, TouchID and other sensors would be incorporated into the display itself. It means the front of the phone will look like a single sheet of glass. Rumors coming out of Asia suggest that the 2017 iPhone would also feature an iris scanner and wireless charging functionality. Taiwan-based Xintec is said to supply the iris recognition chips for the iPhone 8.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that only the high-end model of iPhone 8 will get the dual-camera system. It’s because the dual-camera setup has a higher cost, and Apple wants to differentiate the Plus version from the regular model.