Apple will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of its iconic iPhone’s launch in the fall of 2017. The rumor mill is abuzz that Apple will be launching a brand new premium model with radical changes alongside an expected ‘iPhone 7s’ refresh.

Apple enthusiasts and mobile app development companies expect iPhone 8 to be a paradigm shift rather than just an incremental update. Rumors strongly suggest Touch ID will either be built into the display or eliminated to make way for facial recognition technology. The ‘iPhone 8’ is expected to offer high-specification smartphone with an OLED display, wireless charging, and a curved glass back. Rumored changes also include removal of the physical home button.

OLED displays for iPhone

Apple is expected to launch OLED displays for iPhone. OLED displays are superior to the LCD panels currently used in Apple’s iPhones because, rather than requiring a backlight, an OLED-based screen lights up individual pixels as required.

Waterproofing and Wireless Charging

iPhone 8 will feature both waterproof capabilities and wireless charging. Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium last year sparking off rumors that new iPhone models might sport wireless charging feature. Apple made last year’s iPhone 7 the first to be considered water-resistant, and reports indicate that Apple is seriously considering wireless charging.

Alternative Biometric Security

Apple might completely replace fingerprint sensors with facial or iris recognition systems. Due to growing number of patent filings for such advanced technology, analysts believe facial recognition could gain more prominence in iPhone. Apple supposedly also has eye scanning technology in development. There are loopholes that are proving to be a hindrance in the way of implementation, such as software design, hardware component development and a verification database.

Curved Display

Apple is getting its curved OLED displays from Samsung, the sole manufacturer who can make bulk curved OLED panels to supply Apple. Samsung started producing such displays for its own phones back in 2014. The iPhone 8 is also reportedly giving the physical home button a miss, although it is not clear if Apple ready to move to iris recognition to unlock the phone or if the company will find a way to embed the Touch ID sensor in the display itself.

True Tone display technology

True Tone made its debut with 9.7-inch iPad Pro last year. This innovative technology uses ambient light sensors in order to make sure that display can adopt the surrounding light and color temperature, making it less harsh on the eyes. There is a high possibility that True Tone will be included in the premium iPhone 8, as well as in upcoming iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, which are all expected to be revealed later this year.

Book-Like Fold

How about an iPhone that you will be able to bend? Just like you can fold a close book, Apple has been granted a patent for iPhone design just like a book that uses an OLED display that can fold in half. However, because Apple has the patent it does not effectively mean that this will translate into an actual product. It is also believed that Apple is already running into issues with OLED display supply. There might not be enough time or resources to include a bendable, foldable display on the iPhone 8.

3 New Models

It is likely according to reports that Apple will launch 3 models of the iPhone 8 in 2017. One model will have an 5.5-inch OLED screen and a dual camera; other model is likely to have a 5.5-inch LCD screen along with a dual camera. The third model will have a 4.7-inch iPhone with an LCD screen and a single camera system, much like the current iPhone 7 model.

Improved Camera

With the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple added a second camera to the back of the phone. The company could put focus on the front camera adding 3D-sensor capabilities.

Business Insider’s report on Apple’s augmented reality plans, suggests that iPhone 8’s camera will add a 3D sensor to let the phone detect distance, helping to figure out where to overlay virtual objects onto real world views.
According to HomePod firmware, there is noticeable evidence that camera will be able to automatically detect whatever you’re shooting for optimum performance.

AI Improvements

Apple has transforming artificial intelligence, with Apple CEO Tim Cook saying AI will be a huge focus for the iPhone. Whether it is finding your parked car or recommending what music to stream, AI could transform user experience. However, we will have to wait for the new release about how Apple implements this feature.

Augmented Reality: The future of Technology

Dubbed as the “next big thing”, Apple is now the new champion for Augmented Reality as it ramps up developments. While AR hardware like glasses could be still a distant dream, we may see an iPhone equipped with these capabilities making its way sooner than we think. Hundreds of Apple engineers are now dedicated to developing AR, including members of the iPhone camera team.