You’ve heard about the large display, the face detection, the new rear facing cameras, the wireless charging, but there’s one rumor about the iPhone 8 that I haven’t discussed at much length yet: the price. Steve Kodachrome of Business Insider believes the iPhone 8, if it’s the device it’s rumored to be, will be overpriced. The rumored cost for the device is currently upwards of $1,000, with one potentially reliable report claiming $1,200. This didn’t strike me as unreasonable at first. After all, I had to buy my iPhone 6s off contract for almost $900 (I went with the maximum storage option at the time, 128GB), so a 128GB iPhone 8 that costs over $1,000 didn’t sound too outlandish to me. If I bought an iPhone 7 Plus today with 256GB of storage, it would cost $969, and that’s the most expensive iPhone you can buy. Would the iPhone 8 still be worth potentially hundreds of dollars more than that, even with half the storage space and a smaller battery? Maybe if we’re thinking of it as a huge leap forward for phones, but it’s only a huge leap forward for iPhones. When you consider other Android manufacturers already have many of the rumored features of the iPhone 8 and charge just a little over half of $1,200, you may have to wonder if Apple’s infamous Apple Tax has finally gone too far.
KGI’s Ming Chi Kuo is at it again, and this time, at least one of his his predictions may have already been proven true. Kuo claims the iPhone 8 will be released in September, alongside the iPhone 7s, on schedule. Apple may have had to sacrifice features, such as an under-display fingerprint scanner, but with that aside, they’ve been able to secure production for a timely release. However, we can’t yet know if demand will outpace Apple’s supply, as it seems there may be shortages of Apple’s newest iPhone.
Beyond the usual release date, Kuo claims the iPhone will come in three distinct colors. The iPhone 7s comes in five, jet black, matte black, gold, rose gold, silver, and red. The last is my favorite finish, but is unfortunately marred by a white face plate. Also unfortunate, is that there will be no red iPhone 8, at least not at launch. However, Apple will introduce a new gold finish, a copper gold, which will replace the other varieties of gold. In some way, it’s almost a combination of all the finishes besides silver and black/gray that the iPhone has come in. The iPhone 8 will come in black, white, and copper gold.
It’s not often Apple leaks the next iPhone themselves. Once, an engineer forgot his iPhone 4 prototype in a bar, it was picked up and sold to a blog, who posted photos of it online. Apple went one step further this time, mistakenly releasing firmware for the Apple HomePod earlier than expected, which contained information on the new iPhone. Lots of information, it would turn out. Apple confirmed many rumors surrounding the iPhone 8, including its form factor, the size and shape of the screen, the resolution of the screen, the lack of a home button, facial recognition, AI powered cameras, and more. That photo above? That’s directly from Apple. That’s the iPhone 8.
Apple may as well have revealed the thing already.
to read their whole writeup and check out the benchmark scores for yourself.
There are developer and public betas out for Apple’s upcoming operating systems. You could, right now, put iOS 11 on your iPad or iPhone, macOS High Sierra on your Mac, or tvOS 11 on your Apple TV 4. But you’d be opening Pandora’s box of operating system woes, unleashing unstable, often broken operating systems on your devices. These are works in progress. You wouldn’t climb scaffolding on a building in construction just to see what it’ll look like from the top once it’s completed, would you? Perhaps if you’re a daredevil, seeking out an adrenaline rush, but certainly not if you intend to keep yourself safe. Those who have used iOS 11 on their devices have found it rapidly drains their batteries, often crashes, and that not all apps work with the operating system. This is perfectly normal for software that’s in development. Apple’s beta operating systems won’t truly be “safe” to install until the golden master. Personally, I’m usually willing to take the risk around the time of the 4th public beta, but even then, I’ve frequently come across random issues, like apps not working and crashes. The new operating systems may be tempting, but you must resist.
Now, if you’re an app developer or you have a spare iOS device laying around, then, by all means, check out what Apple’s working on. But do not risk your only or most important device on incomplete software, you will regret it.
Rumors about the iPhone 8, expected this fall, have stated the same things for months. It’ll have a nearly bezel-less design, a stainless steel frame and glass back, the camera orientation will change to allow for better augmented reality in landscape orientation, and it’ll be about the same size as the iPhone 7. Of course, it’s also expected to have a faster processor and maybe even improved battery life. Maybe. Leaked schematics, supposedly either from inside one of Apple’s factories or through a case maker, have lead to physical dummy units used by case manufacturers to ensure their cases fit properly. One of those dummy units was given to a blogger from a case manufacturer, and he created an extensive video showing off the dummy unit, comparing it to the iPhone 7, and showing it with a few cases.
This might not actually be an iPhone 8, but it looks great! Check out the video below.
KGI’s analyst Ming Chi Kuo has a decent enough track record. One estimate places his accuracy for iPhone leaks at 44%, which is not bad for the industry. His latest information on the iPhone is likely sourced from suppliers of iPhone 8 parts, though he (hopefully) has incomplete information. On one hand, he’s come with some good news: the iPhone 8 will have the greatest screen to body ratio of any smartphone on the market today. It’s hard to imagine anyone beating the phenomenal screen on the Samsung Galaxy S8, but the S8 screen doesn’t cover the entire device, though it seems to. There’s a portion at the top of the device for the front facing camera, earpiece, and other front facing sensors. On the bottom, there’s a symmetrical bezel. The iPhone, if current leaks are to be believed, won’t have that. Instead, there will be a cutout on the screen for the front facing cameras and sensors, and no need for a symmetrical bezel on the bottom of the phone. Though the S8’s screen may wrap around the phone slightly on each side, this won’t be enough to beat out the iPhone’s large but flat screen. The screen will be 5.8″ in size, but will have a function area, like the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar, which will make the usable screen space about 5.2″. The device will be only slightly larger than the iPhone 7.
What was Samsung thinking?
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is far from perfect. Annoyances in Samsung’s customized version of Android is the biggest detractor. However, there’s one major problem with the otherwise wonderful hardware: the fingerprint sensor. Samsung placed this on the back of the phone, directly next to the camera, meaning a right handed person will likely smudge up their camera lens every time they unlock their device. There’s no space on the front of the device, clearly, and Samsung thought this was the best spot on the back of the device for the sensor. According to Ming Chi Kuo, Apple will fix their Touch ID problem in a different way: omitting it altogether. But if Apple does that, will the iPhone still be worth purchasing?