The alleged “final” design of the iPhone 8 has now leaked in a set of renders.
There has been A LOT of talk, leaks, and speculation about the iPhone 8 for, well… as long as most of us can remember. The handset will be the first time Apple has changed its industrial design since 2014, however, so the hype was always going to be off the charts.
But all these design changes – and new specs, like its OLED display – will come at a price – a rather large price that might be a little prohibitive for some. Still, for those that can’t stomach the iPhone 8’s price tag, they might be able to take solace in the warm embrace of the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.
The new iPhone 8, however, is where ALL the big changes will be happening. Whether you’re talking about the display, how you unlock/pay for things, the camera or the overall performance – the iPhone 8, which might be called the iPhone Pro, is where it’s at. Period.
It’s Called The iPhone X Edition NOT The iPhone 8
A disgruntled Apple employee has been extremely busy leaking TONS of information about Apple’s incoming iPhone 8, iPhone X Edition, and iOS 11 update.
The leak, which is the biggest in Apple’s history, pretty much spills the beans about everything that will be announced on September 12.
The OLED iPhone will be called the iPhone X Edition, while the LCD models will be called the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. iOS 11 was also leaked to BBC journalists who then proceeded to download it via Apple’s very own servers.
Apple has a huge amount of measures in place to stop leaks like this, but somehow the information got out, and experts believe it is all true – that it could only have come via a rogue employee. Whoever this person is, though, is likely now on Apple’s Most Wanted List.
“Someone within Apple leaked the list of URLs to 9to5Mac and MacRumors. I’m nearly certain this wasn’t a mistake, but rather a deliberate malicious act by a rogue Apple employee. Whoever did this is the least popular person in Cupertino. More surprises were spoiled by this leak than any leak in Apple history,” wrote John Grubber.
Bullish analysts reckon Apple could shift 100 million iPhones off the back of this release; I’ll believe that when I see it, but the fact remains this is likely to be the biggest phone release in history.
Not everybody is convinced by the iPhone 8’s impending MEGA SALES, however, as Deutsche Bank has outlined multiple times. Expectations for the iPhone 8 are so high for two reasons: 1) the iPhone 8 is the first, ground-up redesign of the iPhone since 2014, and 2) because Apple’s potential install base is at its highest for years (around 80% are running old hardware).
In a note to investors, Deutsche Bank analysts Sherri Scribner, Adrienne Colby, and Jeffrey Rand wrote: “We believe investors will be disappointed by iPhone growth in FY-18 and FY-19.”
The Bank named four key factors that it believes will slow iPhone growth during 2018/19:
- saturation in mature markets
- elongating refresh cycles
- declining share plus increased competition in China
- and a growing secondary market.
Basically, Apple needs a supercycle of sales for the iPhone 8 and that is something it hasn’t achieved since 2014, almost four years ago now.
iPhone 8 New Design
There’s been much back and forth on the subject of the iPhone 8’s design, with many reports saying Apple is yet to pick a final configuration from its many prototypes. This comes off the back of multiple reports around the issue of implementing major new designs and features, such as the Touch ID fingerprint scanner potentially being embedded under the display glass, and the inclusion of a 3D face scanner. As well as these, there’s the OLED display, which at one point was curved, but is now apparently flat.
Now though, Forbes has picked up renders which it claims depicts the final design which will go into production and hit retail inside Q4.
According to the report, the new iPhone 8 will cost as much as $1,100-$1,200 for the entry level model; although it’s said that this entry-level model will have 128GB of onboard storage. This follows earlier reports of the new iPhone being in excess of $1,000, but the quoted tag of $1,200 is the highest predicted price we’ve seen to date.
Apple’s plans to implement TouchID inside the iPhone 8’s OLED display have apparently been nixed; apparently, the technology isn’t quite ready for mass production just yet. Instead, TouchID is believed to have been moved to the back of the iPhone.
Samsung has also apparently followed suit, removing this type of fingerprint sensor from its upcoming Galaxy S9 handset, though word on the street suggests Samsung will include it inside the Galaxy Note 9’s display. Make of that what you will.
The iPhone 8 will launch alongside the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. These iPhones will retail for the same price as the current models, perhaps slightly lower, and are essentially there for iPhone users that don’t fancy paying over $1000 for a new phone from Apple.
As per usual, the renders are allegedly sourced from a case maker and based on details from inside Apple’s supply chain. It’s said the display bezels measure 4mm on each side.
The renders also show a much bigger power key on the phone’s right-hand side, which ties in with earlier rumors that Apple has embedded the fingerprint scanner inside. The phone is said to feature stereo speakers and a battery life greater than the iPhone 7 Plus.
The other big star of the show once the iPhone 8 drops will be Apple’s iOS 11 update, which is bringing AR capabilities to the masses. This might not sound like a big deal right now, but the immediate after effects of Apple implementing AR tech in ALL its phones and tablets will be huge.
In the space of about 24 hours, AR will go from non-existent to be used by millions of people all over the globe. This creates huge opportunities for developers and tons of new applications for use on both iPhone and iPad.
“With iOS 11, we’re delivering the biggest AR platform in the world, and it’s available today for developers to begin building AR experiences using ARKit for hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “iOS 11 gives iPad users the powerful app functionality they need to take advantage of everything iPad is capable of, and brings hundreds of new features and incredible updates to the iOS apps iPhone and iPad users enjoy every day.”
ARKit allows developers to tap into the latest computer vision technologies to build detailed and compelling virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more.
Apple’s HomePod Source Code Reveals iPhone 8 Features
Apple’s HomePod firmware appears to be something of a treasure trove of details regarding the forthcoming iPhone 8 smartphone. Developers have uncovered code inside the HomePod firmware which points to an infrared facial scanning unlock in the BiometricKit component.
HomePod is coming later on this year. The Siri-powered Smart Speaker is designed to take on Google Home and Amazon Echo, though many – including this writer – are a bit concerned about Siri’s overall performance compared to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
Apple’s betting big on sound quality, though, and this could be HomePod’s saving grace to begin with. Apple has the resources to develop Siri at a break-neck speed, so I’d expect the gap between Siri and Alexa and Google Home to be reduced a lot inside the next six months.
The HomePod is essentially being positioned as Smart alternative to SONOS, which, like Apple, is a premium brand that commands high prices for its products.
Oddly, though, it is HomePod that has revealed some interesting things about Apple’s incoming iPhone 8.
The firmware also contains a graphical diagram of what appears to be the iPhone 8 with an edge-to-edge display and a “cut out” (or should that be cut in?) section intruding into the display to house the front facing scanner, camera, and other sensors. It appears iPhone status information will be displayed either side of this node.
The facial recognition tech even has a name, dubbed PearlID, the phone itself is referred to by a callsign of D22.
The same developers probing the code inside the firmware package have also uncovered evidence of a “tap to wake” feature for the iPhone 8 and a split-design status bar, again reaffirming the idea that status info will sit on either side of the camera module on the front. The status bar will reportedly be “more complex and powerful in design”. Some of the code implies the bar will be interactive, but it’s not clear if that simply means a drag down gesture we’re familiar with or something a bit more involved.
According to the details, the API doesn’t have any reference at all to an in-screen Touch ID scanner, indicating it will not appear on the iPhone 8. A rear-mounted Touch ID seems most likely, as it is still a fast biometric, or perhaps inside the power key on the side, however, multiple sources have said that an in-power key scanner is unlikely.
What we do know is the iPhone 8 won’t have a physical Home key; the documentation reveals a Home “indicator” to function as the button. Whether or not this is tied into the previously rumoured “function area” for issuing various control inputs remains to be seen.
Troughton-Smith, a reputable Twitter source, has also reiterated multiple snippets of evidence regarind the facial scanning feature.