avatarby Edgar CervantesJanuary 22, 20170 comments

2017 marks the 10th year since Apple launched the iPhone and the internet has been busy trying to speculate what Apple may have in store this year for the next-generation iPhone. We’ve collated everything we know so far about the iPhone 8 so check below to see just what the next iPhone could have in store for us.

What will the next iPhone be called?

If Apple follow its typical naming convention when it comes to the generations of iPhone, then for the next device to be called the iPhone 8 will need Apple to break away from that tradition.

  • iPhone: 2007
  • iPhone 3G: 2008
  • iPhone 3GS: 2009
  • iPhone 4: 2010
  • iPhone 4s: 2011
  • iPhone 5: 2012
  • iPhone 5s: 2013
  • iPhone 6: 2014
  • iPhone 6s: 2015
  • iPhone 7: 2016

In 2017, if the current naming convention is followed, then the next iPhone should be called the iPhone 7s. However, the likelihood is that given it is the 10th year anniversary of the iPhone and the design is expected to see some fundamental changes, that Apple will skip the name usually reserved for minor performance improvements in favor of a more significant jump.

Of course, Apple could take the opportunity to mark the anniversary of the 10th year with a name like the iPhone X or something similar.

Will there be different sized iPhone 8’s?

Apple is widely expected to retain the same two sizes of device for the iPhone 8 – the 4.7-inch version and 5.5-inch. There has been no suggestion or rumors to suggest that Apple would either modify or introduce the iPhone 8 screen size and will continue to offer the two current variants.

When will the iPhone 8 be released?

The last few iPhones have all been announced in September. In fact, since the iPhone 5, Apple have announced the iPhone on either the first or second Tuesday/Wednesday of September. With that pattern, expect the iPhone 8 to be released 5th or 6th or 12th or 13th September and shipped on the next or second Friday following the event.

Of course, as with any release schedule, Apple could modify this cycle and break away from the tradition for a different release date. With the devices following a rather predictable cycle in previous years, it’s likely Apple will stick to this for the iPhone 8.

What will the iPhone 8 look like?

With the expectation that Apple is skipping the iPhone 7s in favor of a major point release with the iPhone 8, sources widely expect the next iPhone to feature a radical design change to mark the tenth anniversary of the device.

Current rumors include a curved screen iPhone 8 with no bezels, may feature wireless charging that will involve changing the material the iPhone is made out of, as well as Apple removing the physical home button completely.

People familiar with the matter have said that a curved display model is being prototyped, but that it may not enter final production because it is part of a pool of more than 10 potential designs. They also said that, if Apple was to launch a curved-screen OLED device, it could be just one of “several” iPhone 8 variants released next year, and likely the more expensive version.

In addition to the design, Apple is expected to introduce a new Jet White color to accompany the Jet Black color that was introduced with the latest iPhone 7 model.

What specs will the iPhone 8 have?

Every new iPhone as come with a new A-Chip variant and the iPhone 8 is expected to come with a new A11 chipset and is expected to feature a Series8XT Imagination GPU. Most notably though could be a change to the display technology used in the iPhone as Apple move to an OLED display.

It is expected that the iPhone 8 will get an improved camera, although the exact specs and megapixel count are unknown with no leaks to suggest the feature set.

Will the iPhone 8 have a new display?

While a curved display on the iPhone 8 is unlikely, Apple is widely expected to make a move to OLED technology for the display in the next iPhone. What this could mean is that Apple move to offering an OLED display in just one variant of the next iPhone, with potentially the iPhone Plus model including the upgraded display. However, Samsung are said to be struggling to meet demand and Apple and Samsung are said to have an exclusive agreement that Samsung will be the sole supplier into 2017, so this situation isn’t expected to change unless the display manufacturer can increase yield rates. Sources also claim that the panels ordered that are experiencing this delay are larger than 5-inches, so it could be that the iPhone’s may see an adjustment to the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch offerings.

The bump in display technology could see the resolution improve so that we could see a bump to 1920 x 1080 for the 4.7-inch model and 2560 x 1440 for the 5.5-inch model.

Will the iPhone 8 be waterproof?

Recent leaks have suggested that the next iPhone will be IP68 rating for dust and waterproofing, an improvement over the current IP67 rating of the current iPhone 7 that can survive accidental splashes, dunks, and small dips in water, but isn’t fully waterproof.

Will the iPhone 8 have wireless charging?

To accompany the design change, Apple are expected to change the material the iPhone 8 is manufactured from and by doing so introduce support for wireless charging – a feature that most devices now have. It is reported that Lite-On will be supplying the wireless charging components for the next iPhone and with Samsung offering wireless charging as standard now, Apple will be looking to compete in this area with the iPhone 8.

Round-Up

While leaks and sources have offered some detail of the next iPhone, certain aspects simply cannot be predicted at this stage. What is likely is that the next iPhone will be the iPhone 8 and will see a radical new design to mark the tenth anniversary. Wireless charging is also expected while moving to a new display technology is likely if suppliers allow. Also we’ll likely see the iPhone 8 in September but until then make sure you stay tuned to TabTimes for all the latest iPhone 8 news and rumors.