Last Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook blamed the slow in iPhone sales on the rumors of the next iPhone. Now, it is true that many are holding off on buying a new iPhone until the next iPhone is announced as it is expected to be a major upgrade. It won’t be months until an official announcement by Apple, but we already have a pretty good idea of what the phone will be like.
Just like every year, Apple with have a new name for its flagship device. Last year it was the iPhone 7, and following Apple’s typical naming scheme, this fall it should be the iPhone 7S. The S has been significant over the years as an incremental upgrade with more power under the hood, not a major redesign. This year, however, is different as the new iPhone is supposed to be like no previous iPhone. Analysts anticipate the new phone to be dubbed the “iPhone 8,” or maybe an entirely new name such as “iPhone Pro or X.” Some rumors have suggested there would be a new Pro model iPhone, but more recent rumors have shot the idea down.
Like the Galaxy S8 Samsung just announced, the new iPhone plans to do away with the front button, and have an immersive, bezel-to-bezel touchscreen. This would be the first iPhone with software built buttons, a major change from any previous iPhone. Apple already made a jump at the possibility with the home button on the iPhone 7 that does not actually click, but instead uses haptic feedback to create the feeling of a click. The screen could possibly start to curve closer to the edges of the device for a seamless look, and the screens themselves could finally be an OLED panel, just like the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Because the home button doubles as the fingerprint reader on the iPhone, like many flagship smartphones, fingerprint technology has been difficult to get working through an all glass display. Rumors have suggested that if Apple cannot get the technology to work, there may be a new sensor on the back of the device, or the feature could be cut all together. Some rumors have also suggested that Apple may deploy new facial or retina recognition technology to replace the finger print sensor, but some analysts say that is unlikely as of right now, but that could easily change.
The new phone will sport an all glass back, as Apple has been working on inductive charging for its new devices. Along with an all glass design, new curves and stainless steel are rumored to be a part of the new design. Apple most likely will not bring back the headphone port, and there have been some rumors that Apple could drop its Lightning Connector for a USB-C port. As shocking as that would be, it is highly unlikely that Apple would do this, and we have an article explaining why here.
As expected there will be a new operating system, most likely iOS 11, which should be debuted at WWDC this June. A new processor, better graphics and battery performance, a higher quality, vertical camera, and overall much faster experience are anticipated. Designs and rumors are undoubtedly going to change before its anticipated reveal in early September. With limited time for production to begin, the new iPhone is expected to be very hard to get your hands on this year, especially if it does not ship until mid or late-October. Nonetheless, this year is going to be revolutionary for the iPhone, and many are going to be upgrading over the holiday season.