Apple Prepares A Major Redesign For The iPhone 8
Bloomberg has reported that Apple is planning a major overhaul of the iPhone in time for the smartphone’s tenth anniversary in addition to launching upgraded versions of the 7 and 7 Plus. The upcoming iPhone 8 will feature a redesigned screen, new materials, and better-designed cameras.
The drastic redesign of the iPhone makes sense when you consider that the iPhone 7 saw a slight decline in sales and the fact that the iPhone is Apple’s most important product.
The iPhone 8 will reportedly feature a display that nearly covers the entire front of the device. This should result in a screen about as large as the current 7 Plus’s on a phone that is about the size of the standard iPhone 7.
The 8 will also feature a new organic light-emitting diode display that will allegedly result in sharper, more accurate, colors. The 7S and 7S Plus will continue to use current screen technology. Additionally, it is rumored the iPhone 8’s home button will be embedded in the screen itself in a manner similar to what Samsung did with the Galaxy S8.
Bloomberg also gave some insight into Apple’s manufacturing process noting that the company has gone through multiple prototypes. One of the more recent designs features curved glass on the front and back. The display itself is flat, but curves into a steel frame. Bloomberg compared it to the design used in the iPhone 4. The company also tested more ambitious designs that made heavier use of curved glass, but Bloomberg’s sources indicate that supply issues will keep the company from going too heavy on curved glass.
Industry insiders have also noted that Apple is testing new camera designs as well. The company is considering position the rear-facing cameras in a vertical position as opposed to the horizontal position used by the iPhone 7. This will reportedly result in higher-quality photos.
The company is also considering implementing dual-lens cameras for the front of the device. The iPhone 7 only features a single camera in front. Apple is also reportedly working on augmented reality and depth-of-field technology for the iPhone 8, but those reports are unconfirmed.
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