The world is expecting major changes from Apple’s iPhone 8 next year – is this an early glimpse of what to expect?
A digital artist has created a video concept of the iPhone 8, based on all of the rumours and leaks we’ve seen so far. Veniamin Geskin, of Riga, Latvia, uploaded the video to YouTube last month, showcasing a handset with an all-glass front, a curved display, and no Home button.
Check it out:
He also posted a few more renders to Twitter, off the back of rumours that Apple would introduce a new 5-inch iPhone variant next year, to sit in between the existing 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models:
Unlike this year’s tepidly received iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 is expected to be a major shake-up of Apple’s flagship smartphone design. Prominent Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, of KGI Securities, expects Apple to introduce a new ‘all-glass’ design with the iPhone 8, as well as removing the Home button.
And earlier today, we reported on comments from Tai Jeng-wu, President at Sharp, who revealed that Apple would be switching to OLED displays with the next handset, as rumoured. Speaking at Tatung University (via Nikkei Asian Review), Tai said:
“The iPhone has been evolving and now it is switching from LTPS (low-temperature poly-silicon) to OLED panels. We don’t know whether Apple’s OLED iPhones will be a hit, but if Apple doesn’t walk down this path and transform itself, there will be no innovation. It is a crisis but it is also an opportunity.”
It’s long been expected that Apple would eventually follow Samsung’s suit and switch to OLED panels for the iPhone. Unlike conventional LED-backlit screens, each pixel in an OLED display produces its own light, which means there’s no need for a backlight – that saves energy. And as individual pixels can be turned off to represent blacks, the dynamic range is also improved.
Apple is presumed to be planning an iPhone launch for September 2017, as per the usual tradition. But what’s special about next year’s reveal is that it marks the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone launch. That’s why many spectators assume Apple will make significant changes to the handset, at least compared to previous years.
Of course, Apple hasn’t confirmed any details about the iPhone 8, so take all leaks with due caution.
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