The year 2018 edition of
iPhone will be the smartphone's tenth-anniversary model. No doubt, then that the company is said to be planning something big for this year's edition. Numerous leaks and reports circulating on the internet since past many months point to some major changes in iPhone 8, as the smartphone is popularly being referred to as.
Now a news report on
has alleged images showing new colour options of the upcoming Apple
. These new colour options shown in the image are Copper and Aluminum (the third device in the image is the Shiny black model which is a part of the company's current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus lineup).
7 'confirmed' features of Apple iPhone 8
7 'confirmed' features of Apple iPhone 8
Apple will be launching its tenth anniversary iPhone this year. The speculations about the likely features and specifications of the upcoming smartphones have kept the tech grapevine churning for months now. Recently, Apple unveiled the latest version of its mobile operating system iOS 11. The software update coming to iPhones and iPads also gives some clues about iPhone 8's features. Other than these, CEO of Wistron, a contract manufacturer of Apple devices, too inadvertently revealed some details about the upcoming iPhones. Based on these, here are 7 'confirmed' features of Apple iPhone 8.
Augmented reality (AR) will play a big role in the upcoming Apple iPhone 8. Apple made some big announcements related to AR for the upcoming iOS 11 at the recent WWDC conference. The company announced its own AR development platform (ARKit), which means that developers can create AR apps well in time for iPhone 8. It is likely that by the time the smartphone launches in September, Apple developers will be ready with several AR-based apps.
Although Apple has revealed nothing about the dual-rear camera setup, guessing it's inclusion with the upcoming iPhone 8 is easy. This is as Apple has already brought such camera technology with the iPhone 7 Plus last year. AR apps will also be able to make good use of the dual-rear cameras.
Apple recently unveiled HomePod, its answer to Amazon's Echo and Google Home. Shipping later this year, the pill-shaped speaker will very likely have support for Apple iPhone 8. Though the company didn't go much into the details, iPhone 8-HomePod integration appears integral part of Apple's home computing ambitions.
Yes, iPhone 8 will feature wireless charging. This has reportedly been revealed by Robert Hwang, CEO of Taiwan-based iPhone assembler Wistron. "Assembly process for the previous generations of (iPhones) have not changed much, though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit," Hwang reportedly told reporters during a shareholders' meeting. Wistron is said to have recently started assembling iPhone SE units at its plant in Karnataka, India.
Water resistant, glass back panel
Besides confirming the wireless charging feature, Wistron CEO also revealed that the upcoming smartphones will have water-resistant design. Since the smartphone will come with wireless charging, analysts believe that it is likely to sport a glass or a plastic back panel for hinder-free connection.
With iPhone 8, Apple is quite likely to take its NFC support beyond Apple Pay. The company's all-new iOS 11 Beta adds support for Core NFC, which as per release notes is described as "a new framework for reading Near Field Communications (NFC) tags and data in NFC Data Exchange Format." This means new NFC chip may read more tags than just Apple Pay tags. Users may be able to pair the Apple Watch with the iPhone using NFC. It could also be used for online payments at stores.
Siri may do a lot more
Apple didn't reveal much about the new features coming to Siri during its WWDC conference. This has led to the speculation that users may have lot more to do on Siri in iPhone 8. The glimpse of the improved AI seen at WWDC 2017 conference during the iOS 11 launch too hints at the same. Siri will able to translate languages in real time and will will be fluent in carrying out other commands as well.
Earlier this week, there were reports claiming that iPhone 8 will feature a 'SmartCam' that will help provide the device with the 'right intelligence' to capture pictures. The report quotes a code discovered by Guilherme Rambo from the leaked HomePod software. The Cupertino-based Apple is said to have accidentally uploaded the code on the internet.
The code reportedly suggests that Apple is working on a feature that will help iPhone's camera detect and adjust the settings required to take the best possible images. It is being said that the 'SmartCam' will be able to do this with the help of artificial intelligence. The technology will help the camera customize things like shutter speed, exposure and more.
There are also hints at features called 'freeze motion' that Apple is said to be adding to enhance its Live Photos capabilities.
Some earlier reports have also claimed that Apple is replacing its Touch ID feature with a new facial recognition system. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo too has claimed that the iPhone 8 will do away with Touch ID fingerprint sensor entirely.
As per a report in Bloomberg, "Apple is testing an improved security system that allows users to log in, authenticate payments, and launch secure apps by scanning their face, according to people familiar with the product. This is powered by a new 3-D sensor, added the people, who asked not to be identified discussing technology that's still in development."
Luckily, we now don't have to wait too long to find out how much of all this is true. For with the month of August already here, we are further nearing the launch of the next iPhone.
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