Tag Archives: rumor

Apple Could Skip the ‘S’: Patterns in iPhone Naming Rumors Align

Two supposed leaks or rumors state the possible names for the iPhones won’t follow Apple’s standard naming patterns, though they disagree on the final names for the most hotly anticipated iPhone in years. Previously, it was assumed that there would be three iPhone models released this year. There would be the upgrades to the current models, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus would be replaced by the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, and then there would be the new model, the iPhone 8. However, two new rumors state that Apple will skip the ‘S’ moniker this year, going right to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus for the 4.7″ and 5.5″ iPhones, respectively, and the 5.7″ with almost no bezel iPhone would instead be named either the iPhone Edition or iPhone X. But which is more likely?
Continue reading

iPhone 8 Reported to Start at $999 for 64GB of Storage

Rumors of the iPhone 8’s price have been generally in the same area. It was going to cost more than the iPhone 7s, likely starting at $1000, and could cost as much as $1,200. In a column for The New York Times, Brian X. Chen reveals that the iPhone 8 will start at $999 for 64GB of storage, citing anonymous sources. Noted Apple aficionado (and likely connected insider), John Gruber, tends to agree with this price point. This means that the 2017 iPhones will likely have the below price structure.

iPhone Model Price
iPhone 8
iPhone 8, 64GB $999
iPhone 8, 128GB $1,099
iPhone 8, 256GB $1,199
iPhone 7s
iPhone 7s, 32GB $649
iPhone 7s, 128GB $749
iPhone 7s, 256GB $849
iPhone 7s Plus
iPhone 7s Plus, 32GB $769
iPhone 7s, 128GB $869
iPhone 7s, 256GB $969

Previous rumorsĀ did state a maximum price of $1,200, which these sources tend to confirm. We’re definitely looking at the era of premium iPhones, but when will it end?

Continue reading

It’s Not Adding Up: Will the iPhone 8 be Overpriced?

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.
Continue reading

iPhone 8 is on Schedule, May Only Come in 3 Color Choices, Including a New One

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.

Continue reading

KGI: iPhone 8 to Feature Greatest Screen to Body Ratio, but no Touch ID?

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?
Continue reading

Physical Mockup Shows the iPhone 8’s Design

These photos reveal yet another iPhone 8 mockup, this one in physical form, based on leaked schematics. We can see similar design elements across leaks now, and it’s starting to look like Apple has finalized their designs. There’s an edge to edge screen, stainless steel sides (which will likely be painted black to make the iPhone look like one seamless piece of glass), the vertical dual camera array, 2.5D curved glass on the front and back, and even that weird elongated screen lock button. There’s also no sign of a Touch ID sensor on the back of the device (see below), and of course, there’s no headphone jack present. However, there is one worrying design trend with a majority of these leaks, something that almost ruins the excitement for me: it still looks just like an iPhone 6 without a home button.
Continue reading

iPhone 8 Could Feature 3D Cameras and Facial Recognition

Designed by Deuxani

In 2013, Apple acquired a company called Primesense. The company was known for using cameras and software to create 3D representations of the world around us. Some of that technology can be seen on the back of the iPhone 7 Plus, which has a portrait mode, capable of discerning the difference between your subject and your background, and applying a large aperture effect thought only possible with much larger cameras. The end result is a blurred background with subjects that “pop,” a dramatic look that’s perfect for portraits. I’ve been using an iPhone app, Big Lens, for years to manually create the same effect. Rumors are surfacing that claim dual camera technology will also move to the front of our iPhones with the iPhone 8. Not only do they say this will make our selfies look fantastic, but it also means Apple could use the “depth perception” the two cameras create to generate 3D images of a user’s face for facial recognition, which could have a number of uses in iOS or macOS. 
Continue reading