September is almost here and for the internet of smartphones that means just one thing, the iPhone is just around the corner. Every technology website is busy writing an iPhone article so I thought it would be best not to spoil the trend. Here are a few rumored revolutionary features that the upcoming iPhone 8 will have.
Way back in 2013 Samsung introduced wireless charging in the Galaxy S4. Back then this was a pretty new and cool technology which iPhone users have been craving. Hopes were high that Apple would have included this technology in previous iPhones, but because of the aluminum body used in past iPhone models Apple was unable to do so. The current wireless charging technology, also known as inductive charging, did not work through aluminum enclosures.
The Apple watch is Apple’s first device to include wireless charging and the rumors are that the upcoming iPhone 8 will also do the same.
Leaked apple news have suggested that Apple was working on a more advanced wireless charging technology aka long-range wireless charging, this could arrive in iPhones as early as 2017. Whether or not these rumors were true, we can’t confirm, however, more recent leaked Apple news have somewhat confirmed that Apple will use the more standard wireless technology, also known as inductive charging in the new upcoming iPhone 8. Inductive charging is the same charging technology that Samsung has been using in their Galaxy line of smartphones.
Apple has long been using LCD displays which Steve Jobs famously called “retina display,” in their iPhones for years. These retina displays were advertised by Apple to be the very best on the market. With the change to OLED displays I guess Apple has finally decided to acknowledge that Samsung’s OLED’s are far superior.
Earlier this year it was announced that Samsung’s quarterly profits have soared passed Apple’s to become the most profitable of the quarter in 2017, this is partly because Apple has signed a deal with Samsung to produce OLED displays for their 2017 iPhones. In addition to producing OLED displays for their Galaxy line of smartphones, Samsung’s factories are running at full capacity to produce millions of OLED displays for Apple’s new iPhones.
As Macrumors explains, “OLED display eliminates the need for the backlighting that’s used in traditional LCDs, which would allow Apple to cut down on the thickness and weight of the display used in the device. OLED displays can also be flexible, but Apple is planning to use a flat 2.5D display in the iPhone 8.
OLED displays offer better contrast ratio, truer colors, improved viewing angles, better power efficiency to maximize battery life, and a faster response time than an LCD for faster refresh rates.”
Curved Edge Display
Thanks to Samsung’s OLED display technology, Apple can now implement a curved screen into the iPhone which is just like the one in the new Samsung Galaxy S8. The iPhone 8’s curved edge display is rumored to cover the entire front of the device, this makes it appear almost bezel less.
Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S8+ the display on the new iPhone 8 will be completely flat and not be curved on the sides, it will only adopt the curved edges which will make it seems to not have any bezels at the angles as well as at its sides.
Apple will however try to outdo other previously released smartphones by trying to have the “highest screen-to-body ratio of any smartphone currently available worldwide,” as reported by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In doing this they have introduced a quite interesting display design at the very top of the display (see image below).
This new display design is quite interesting, I do have to admit that it looks pretty cool in the rendered images released by Apple fans, I guess Apple is actually trying something new while copying at the same time, at least they didn’t just copy and paste.