While Apple iPhone 8 rumors have been accelerating in the last few weeks, there is still some debate over whether this will indeed be the name of the forthcoming flagship. iPhone X remains a possible branding, while there have even been suggestions that Apple will defy predictions and release three iPhone 7S models in 2017. Apple faces challenges from Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and Google’s Pixel 2 this year.
But notorious Apple blogger John Gruber asserted in his personal blog that iPhone 8 remains the most likely name for the device. In his Daring Fireball blog, Gruber suggested that if the handset features a new design that it is also likely to attract unique branding. “There’s no way Apple is going to call these devices “7S”. The S models have had minor cosmetic differences from the preceding year’s non-S iPhones, but these phones are sporting entire new designs.”
Gruber instead suggests that either iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8 Pro, or iPhone, iPhone Plus, iPhone Pro are likely naming schemes. “Either of these naming schemes would make all three new iPhones sound new,” the analyst asserted.
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Apple iPhone 8 rumors over the last week have also focused on a new gesture system. This will enable Apple fans to silence notifications for the smartphone by merely glancing at the device. Leaks of the iOS 11 code have revealed that this will be a major new function of facial recognition technology in the smartphone, as Apple looks to ramp up the capabilities of its next generation handset.
It will also be possible to suppress sounds or ringtones by simply glancing at the phone in a certain way, according to development documents. Other titbits revealed by the code for the mobile operating system indicated it would be possible to capture ultra slow-motion video, while the Home button will feature customization options.
This later suggestion implies that Apple will not integrate the Home button within the display of the iPhone 8, as has been suggested in some quarters.
Developers have also found some interesting features hidden in the HomePod smart speaker’s code. Crucially, these include a design for the wraparound display that has been strongly linked with the iPhone 8, while facial recognition software is also included. These revelations have come from a firmware release from Apple, which was apparently published by mistake, judging by the rapidity with which it was taken down by the California corporation.
But such fast action is not enough to prevent the Internet generation from learning a great deal, and thus a raft of new Apple iPhone 8 rumors have emerged. Of course, it is important to note that the capability indicated by the leak may not necessarily come to fruition in the forthcoming generation of Apple smartphones. But it is nonetheless a distinct possibility.
While previous Apple iPhone 8 rumors have suggested that the smartphone may feature a significantly extended display in comparison to previous generations, it now seems that this has been finally confirmed. The same HomePod beta code indicates that the next generation smartphone will benefit from a 5.8-inch display, confirming the suspicions of many analysts.
Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has been credited with discovering this information, and has already tweeted on the subject. “These are the metrics used by the status bar on the edge-to-edge iPhone, including notch height and ear width,” the analyst asserts. This means that the iPhone will feature the largest screen that Apple has ever included in a smartphone, with the 5.5-inch screen of the iPhone Plus range being the previous recipient of this statistic.
KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also prompted more Apple iPhone 8 rumors with his own range of personal predictions. Most importantly, the legendary analyst has suggested that the iPhone 8 will be delivered in September, described by Kuo as “on time”. It has been customary for Apple to release its flagship smartphone in September over the last few years, and it seems that the Cupertino-based company intends to do so once more when the iPhone 8 hits the stores.
Kuo does suggest, though, that the device will initially be available in limited quantities. This would correlate with previous suggestions that Apple is struggling to source a satisfactory number of OLED displays for the iPhone 8 currently. Samsung is the world’s major supplier of this technology, and the Korean company also continues to utilize it in his own devices, meaning that there is clearly a bottleneck of production presently.
Recharging iPhone 8
The main man of KGI also asserts that the iPhone 8 will support fast charging via a Lightning-to-USB-C accessory. This hints at the wireless system that has been linked with the iPhone 8 also being implemented, with Apple having apparently been testing an innovative system capable of delivering wireless charging at 15 feet. The lifecycle of Apple phones has been a source of criticism in the past, so clearly the manufacturer must do everything possible to deliver an improved charging system.
Kuo also notes that the iPhone 8 will be available in three colours – Black, Silver and Gold. This is perhaps slightly surprising, as previous iPhone 8 rumors have suggested that the handset could be made available in multiple colours. But Apple is perhaps concentrating on the internals, rather than offering the choice that has become associated with its Apple Watch smartwatch range.
Meanwhile, as production of the next generation mobile gears up, Foxconn, a key Apple supply chain partner, has reported net income of $589 million in the most recent quarter, missing analyst forecasts. This perhaps underlines the challenging climate into which the iPhone 8 will be released.