In 2007, Apple presented "a revolution". A device capable of storing our large mobile phones at the same time, of replacing advantageously the audio players but also of disrupting our habits of surfing on the Internet. This device, we all know today, it is the iPhone and it has been 10 years in 2017. For this occasion, Apple has no choice but to announce a new iPhone that can " Start a new age for the brand.
This new device, it is now called iPhone 8. But it is a language facility for journalists. It is very likely that Apple calls it iPhone Edition, iPhone Pro, iPhone Anniversary Edition or even iPhone X. In any case, we already know a lot about it. As for its design, camera, power and even price, this iPhone 8 has been the subject of so many leaks and rumors that it is already possible to draw a very precise portrait. Here is all that we know about the iPhone 8 currently.
The third iPhone of the year
The iPhone 8 will not be the only iPhone announced this year. In fact, Apple will announce next September three smartphones: iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus and iPhone 8. Before looking at the case of the latter, a word about the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus. Of these two, we know very little. But he whispers however that they should only be developments of the iPhone 7/7 Plus from last year.
It is therefore expected to very conventional devices. They should take over the general design of the iPhone 7/7 Plus from last year but have a slightly more powerful SoC – an A11 chip – new photo sensors, a new OS (iOS 11) and maybe Of the wireless charging. Some rumors also indicate that some models of iPhone 7S and 7S Plus would have glass shell. But nothing is less certain.
A revolutionary screen
For years Apple has given the la in terms of design in the world of smartphones. The metal on the hull? If he did not invent it, it was he who launched the fashion. The fingerprint sensor under the screen? Idem. Rounded corners? This is what we recognize the phones of the brand. But for a few years, Apple is slowly starting to get behind the builders of Android smartphones. With the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6, Samsung or LG have gotten ahead with their large screens that take up most of the surface of the facade. And it is on this ground that Apple will try to surprise this year.
The iPhone 8 will therefore be entitled to a screen out of standard. Not only should it cover almost the entire surface of the facade, but in addition it will be for the first time on an Apple smartphone an AMOLED screen. A word about its design, first of all. We're talking about a borderless smartphone in the case of the iPhone 8. If the phone has many (fine) screen borders, unlike its main competitors there should be no big edges or lower edges. Just a thin bar containing the photo sensors should be found at the top of the screen. It is a first in the world of the smartphone and, Apple obliges, it promises to be superb.
The second big novelty of course concerns the screen itself, type AMOLED. The tiles should also be supplied by Samsung, which is currently the leader in terms of production and quality in the field. Not only will this allow the iPhone 8 to benefit from an infinite contrast – one of the peculiarities of the AMOLED – but also and above all with an almost perfect colorimetry. The iPhone 8 would also be the first iPhone to benefit from a 2K definition screen. Previously, it was necessary to content, at best, a Full HD screen on the iPhone 7 Plus.
As for the size of this screen, it is still a mystery. It is now assumed to be a 5.5- or 5.7-inch screen built into a chassis that can usually hold a 5-inch screen. The space released for the screen should also introduce a good package of novelties, more or less good.
But where's the fingerprint sensor?
Apple, first of all, should exploit as best as possible this screen. It is therefore expected to be split in two. At the bottom of the screen there would be an "area function" that would include shortcuts to applications, a virtual home button or other features not yet announced.
The most important of these is undoubtedly the disappearance of the fingerprint sensor, Touch ID. Apple, like Samsung for that matter, has not managed to integrate it under the screen. And if we do not know exactly today how Apple plans to get out, three scenarios are outlined:
• The most credible currently: there will be no Touch ID on the iPhone 8. Instead, an advanced facial recognition system will unlock the smartphone and pay online.
• The most attractive, but less and less likely: integrate the fingerprint sensor directly on the phone's power button, on the edge of the iPhone. Sony has already done it with its high-end Xperia.
• The most unlikely: place a fingerprint sensor in the back of the phone. But all the leaks and phone returns agree that this will not be the case.
In any case, this absence is already considered a weak point of the phone. It will surely arrive next year, in an improved version of the phone and we already know that facial recognition can be fooled very easily.
Last point concerning the design of the iPhone 8, it will mark the return of Apple to glass shells. This means both a design a bit more classy than on previous iPhone, but also the return of fingerprints … and cracked shells falling on the floor. Note also that the iPhone 8 would have a double photo sensor – slightly protruding from the shell – placed vertically.
A well-stocked technical sheet without surprise
This is not the first time that Apple has a dual photo sensor on one of its phones. The iPhone 7 Plus already had a dual sensor allowing to make an optical zoom × 2. This should also be the case for the iPhone 8. As for its vertical layout, it seems that this has something to do With augmented reality. At the beginning of the year, Apple has indeed made available ARKit, a development kit allowing to realize virtual reality applications bluffantes.
Except last minute surprise, the data sheet of the iPhone 8 should be much the same as that of the iPhone 7S. So we should find under the hood of the phone a SoC A11 – engraved in 10nm – supported by 3 GB of RAM. A chip that promises, as often with Apple, as one of the most performing of the year. Note finally that we still do not know how much internal memory the iPhone 8 could embark. Bet on the fact that this will start at 64 GB, very high-end device requires. Last point: the induction recharge should finally be part.
A smartphone sold more than 1000 euros
Last certainty about this iPhone 8: it will not be given. If Apple has never been known for its low prices, this iPhone 8 should widely burst the ceiling of 1000 euros – in its version with the least internal memory. This year's iPhone range should be clear enough. It is expected that the iPhone 7S will be sold at around 769 euros, against about 909 euros for the iPhone 7S Plus and probably more than 1000 euros for the iPhone 8.
As for their availability, it is also certain that these new iPhone will be available before the end of the year, surely next October. But we already know that the iPhone 8 will be sold in very small quantities at its launch, Apple having difficulty in sourcing AMOLED screens. Out-of-stock should be once again the norm and experts believe that this will not improve until early next year. Seeing the iPhone 8 at the foot of the tree will require a lot of luck … or a lot of money.