That IPhone 7 you bought during the holidays probably still has that new phone smell but that’s not going to stop us from speculating about the anticipated new iPhone 8 Apple has planned for in 2017.
Brand New OLED Screen?
One of the key rumors that have been confirmed and supported by multiple sources is that the IPhone 8 will get a complete makeover which includes the screen and the entire front side. It is rumored that the IPhone 8 will have an edge to edge OLED screen that will cover the entire front facing side of the IPhone 8 and will have the power button, front camera and a laser fingerprint verification system built into the edge to edge OLED screen. This does seem like a major redesign but considering since its Apples 10th anniversary this year, it’s safe to assume they decided to make it memorable. Considering Apple has already signed a deal with Samsung for producing OLED Screens for Apple we can be certain their will at least be one IPhone with a flexible OLED Screen. But keep in mind Apple is testing more than 10 prototype iPhone models, so the IPhone 8 might be completely different from what we expected but chances are high for a redesigned version.
Will The IPhone 8 Be Thinner?
Considering an edge to edge OLED LCD would consume a lot of battery it seems that Apple is considering to use a flexible plastic OLED rather than a LCD to reduce the battery consumption and reduce its size as well as providing a high pixels, color contrast along with true color support. One could also expect the new screen to be curved on the sides like the new Samsung Edge 7 but the fact that Apple will try and mimic Samsung is somewhat unclear.
According to circulating rumors, that Apple might finally be moving away from it aluminum and plastic body for the IPhone 8. In order to help the IPhone 8 stand out from its predecessors, Apple might be going to use a glass-backed body which was last seen on the IPhone 4. I know you’re probably thinking that’s a bad idea and what happens once you drop it? Luckily, glass has become more durable over the years and glass like Gorilla Glass can certainly take a drop or two – did I mention it looks great too?
As indicated by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the OLED version of the iPhone 8 will include a 5.8-inch screen, yet without any bezels, that 5.8-inch screen will fit a device that is comparative in size to the 4.7-inch iPhone 7. Kuo believes that the iPhone 8 will have 5.15 inch of dynamic screen space, with the extra space taken up by virtual buttons that will replace current physical Home button and provide additional features.
Water & Dust Proof
Considering the Samsung 7 series had IP68 certified water protection compared to the P67 certification earned by the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, it would be an expected move from Apple to feature an IP68 water resistance rating for the IPhone 8 as well as being able to withstand water up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes along with being entirely dust proof.