What to Expect from Apple's Tenth- Anniversary Release
Rumors surrounding Apple's upcoming iPhone release are growing in number as curious techies scour the web looking for leaks and clues. The iPhone 8 will mark the tenth anniversary of Apple's flagship phone, and many of the industry's leading analysts say it's likely that the tech giant will celebrate by adding many show-stopping new features to the device—everything from an edge-to-edge screen and OLED display to facial recognition technology.
Looking at Apple's track record, it's safe to say that the next iPhone's release date will be in September 2017. We expect Apple to hold its keynote event early in the month, with preorders opening immediately following. Then, as it has in the past, Apple will officially release the iPhone in stores and online toward the end of September. No rumors suggest the iPhone release timeline will be different than in years past; but this is the tenth anniversary, so who knows.
While most bloggers are calling the tenth-anniversary edition the iPhone 8, it's possible that Apple will use an entirely different name or simply stick to the natural succession and call it the iPhone 7s, offering a more expensive tenth-anniversary option as its way of celebrating. Right now, we can only speculate.
New Features Goodbye Lightning Connector; Hello USB-C?
The Wall Street Journal’s iPhone 8 rumor predictions include a possibility that could cause an uproar similar-but-not- equal to last year's removal of the headphone jack. According to WSJ sources, Apple may ditch the Lightning connector in favor of a USB-C connector. The leak has another possible interpretation, however: Apple could keep the Lighting connector but replace the USB-A end of the power cord with a USB-C port. This would make it easy to connect to Apple's latest MacBook line that solely uses USB-C.
An OLED screen has been on the list of iPhone updates for a couple years now, and according to the Wall Street Journal’s report, one or more of the new iPhone models will include an OLED display. Adopting OLED screens would allow Apple to create a thinner iPhone (since it wouldn't need the same backlighting as current screens) and a better battery life (since OLED requires less power than the current iPhone's LCD screens). OLED would also offer richer colors, truer blacks, and even the flexibility for an edge-to-edge screen, or maybe even a curved display.
Larger Premium iPhone
KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with an unrivaled track record for accurately predicting Apple's product releases, believes Apple will offer a third premium tenth-anniversary model, which would exclusively feature the OLED screen, leaving the standard models with LCD displays. The premium OLED iPhone model is expected to have a slightly larger screen at 5.8 inches. I don't know who would want such a large screen, but hey, that's what I once thought about the current iPhone 7 Plus too.