iPhone 8

What to Ex­pect from Ap­ple's Tenth- An­niver­sary Re­lease

iPhone Life Magazine - - iNews - by Con­ner Carey

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.

OLED Dis­play

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.

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