Rumors about Apple’s iPhone 8 (aka iPhone X, aka iPhone Anniversary Edition) began to spread last year, almost before the print ads for Apple’s iPhone 7 ran out of print. With Apple’s presentation on September 12 less than a week away, some of those rumors have reached a fever pitch. But what exactly should consumers expect?
9to5Mac cree The new high-end phone will be called the iPhone Edition, making it the second time Apple has released a halo product under that name, and the second time its branding doesn’t make any sense. Hopefully the company will stick with the iPhone X or iPhone 8, although it has also been hinted that the iPhone 8/8 Plus will actually be the devices we previously called iPhone 7s / 7s Plus. Once again, Apple may be jumping a number to align itself with Samsung and trying to portray its entire product line this year as a bigger leap from the iPhone 7 than previous s-class products over their non-s predecessors. This would be the first time since the launch of the iPhone 3GS in 2009 that Apple did not use an “s” for a second-generation family of products.
Other expected high-end features include an edge-to-edge display with a resolution of 2436 × 1135. That’s a substantial jump over the iPhone 7, which has a 1334 × 750 display. An OLED panel is also expected. OLEDs are typically not as energy efficient as LCDs, although this is heavily influenced by content type and brightness settings. Against a dark background or theme, OLEDs can consume much less power than LCDs. On a completely white background, OLED power consumption can be significantly higher. If these resolution figures are accurate, it would give the Anniversary Device a 521 PPI display; well above what is required for Retina quality. The overall screen area is expected to be larger than any previous Apple device, thanks to the edge-to-edge display.
Fingerprints or facial recognition?
The internet has no idea whether the anniversary iPhone will have a fingerprint scanner. Multiple leaked images do not show a front sensor or visible home button.
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– Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 8, 2017
Apple’s original goal, sources agree, was to integrate an in-display fingerprint scanner. Samsung was reportedly interested in this feature as well, but had to drop it and place the fingerprint scanner on the back of its own phones once it became clear that the technology wouldn’t be ready in time for the Galaxy’s launch. S8. Apple may have run into similar issues, despite taking more time to work on the design. This leaves the company with two options: You can either stick the fingerprint sensor on the back or you can use facial recognition + PIN for services like Apple Pay. It is still unknown which option the company will choose.
Alternatively, Apple may have delayed shipping the device until it can fix problems with the sensor. The inquirer reports While Apple will be accepting orders, it may not ship the phone until this holiday season. Other analysts disagree, so take this with a grain of salt. We could also see the company split the difference, with a handful of pre-orders and long shipping times thereafter. It wouldn’t be the first time Apple has released a product with a 4-6 week shipping window for all but the first handful of users.
There are rumors of a front camera being suitable for augmented reality and dual rear cameras for enhanced photos, possibly including 4K recording at 60 frames per second.
Analysts assume that Apple will again target $ 649 and $ 749 for the two lower-end iPhone models. The high-end device is expected to cost $ 1,000 for 64GB of storage, $ 1,099 for 256GB, and $ 1,199 for 512GB. Various payment plans may make this easier to swallow, but that’s clearly a new frontier for phone prices, or at least one we haven’t seen in many years.
The only thing no one is talking about is whether the iPhone edition will be faster than the standard iPhone 7s / 7s Plus (or 8) that Apple ships at the same time. Phones generally have power limitations and Apple has not previously tried to use different SoCs between its standard and Plus-size hardware. Presumably all three phones will use the same SoC and modem, and the difference between them will come down to features like the OLED display and 512GB storage options. But, as usual, Apple has not clarified which devices will have what functions, nor has it confirmed any functions. Until you do, we won’t have an idea what you’ll get going up to the $ 1,000 price, compared to the lower-end models.
The question of whether the anniversary iPhone will sell hardly needs to be asked. Unless Apple completely ruins this release, it absolutely will. The company has benefited from an advertising cycle of nearly a year, and Apple is installed as a status symbol in North America. Regular iPhones may be great devices in their own right, but it will be the iPhone / Anniversary / X / Whatever Edition wins the most headlines.