Is Apple Saving It’s Biggest Innovations for the iPhone 8?

After the iPhone 7 was released last September, many Apple fans were displeased with the features of the new phone, as it appeared to be Apple’s least innovative device ever. At first glance, nothing looks remotely different about the iPhone 7 compared to the previous iPhone 6s model. As if to make matters worse, Apple has removed our beloved long-time friend, the headphone jack, from the device. Apple fans were not too pleased about this. Some resorted to drilling the headphone jack in the new phone, completely destroying their phones in the process.

Some believe Apple may be losing its touch without its founder Steve Jobs. On the other hand, some believe Apple decided to save it’s most groundbreaking innovations for the release of the iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 is said to be Apple’s biggest innovation yet, coming in 2017, as it is Apple’s 10th year anniversary since the first iPhone was released. Rumors are already spreading about the features of the new iPhone 8 as media catch word that Apple is filing several new design patents.

iPhone 8 Rumors

Perhaps we can identify some of the features of next year’s iPhone 8 by studying Apple’s patterns. It’s latest design patents and iPhone 7 features may tell us what’s coming.

New Screen

It is rumored that the iPhone 8 will have a 5.5 inch screen or larger, and will have an OLED glass screen rather than LCD. This means it could use up less power to light up your screen and it will showcase colors more vibrantly. Some believe Apple may adopt Samsung’s curved edge screen design found in the Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S7 Edge. Additionally, it is rumored that the iPhone 8 will feature an edge-to-edge screen, possibly removing the two front bevels (or plates) for the home button and earphone.

In addition, the new iPhone 7 home button is no longer clickable, which could help us verify these rumors. The entire bottom of the iPhone 7 clicks, which could be a hint at Apple eliminating the home button on the iPhone 8 altogether. In turn, this could further solidify rumors of an edge to edge screen.

Materials

It was rumored early on that Apple would build the iPhone 8 with Zirconium ceramics, much like the Apple Watch. However, experts have proved this theory wrong and even suggested that the device will feature a stainless steel chassis (or outer frame).

Camera

The iPhone 8 is rumored to have a hyper-advanced camera which allows for increased light exposure for clearer, more vibrant pictures. Some suspect they will use a folded camera design in order to fit a camera of such caliber into the device.

Battery Life

The device is expected to have increased battery life, and some believe it may have an AI-assisted boost to battery life. Rumors of an A11 chip indicate that the iPhone 8 will have increased processing speed and power-efficiency. In addition, rumors of a wireless charging device could indicate that the charging port will be removed, making the iPhone 8 the world’s first truly wireless smartphone. It seems Apple is already moving in this direction, having removed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7.

If these rumors prove to be true, Apple fans are in for a real treat. Of course, with change comes hesitation from those who aren’t ready to adapt; so it's likely that Apple fans and critics alike will express some backlash to such drastic changes