iPhone 8 Questions and Answers
Q: How do you get all this info about the iPhone 8? Apple keeps its new gadgets a secret until the release day.
A: Actually, Apple does not. All the “leaks”, which surface now and then on various web sites, are carefully orchestrated by the PR department. You don’t really think the security for one of the world’s top corporations is so poor, do you? But, if Apple doesn’t feel like sharing some details, there are other sources. For example, Apple suppliers, Samsung, Pegatron, and Foxconn among them. If you look into what they’ve started to produce recently, you can guess about the new features to come.
Also, Apple likes to patent all their innovations, and the patents granted are available online, courtesy of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Q: OK, I got it. How do you guess what’s to come by looking at the patent?
A: For instance, in February, 2017 Apple was granted a patent featuring the new “Interactive display panel with IR diodes” Therefore, we can guess that Apple engineers are going to pull the plug on the capacitive drive ring of the now existing touch sensor and put it under the screen.
Speaking of the screen, it’s reported to be 5.8 inches and feature organic light-emitting diodes, the Asian paper Nikkei reported.
Meanwhile, theAnd to top all this, there was the leak from Apple in December, 2016. The company documents described three models coming to the market in 2017, the D20, D21 and D22. The high-end variant was given the codename “Ferrari”, and is to sport a large, near edge-to-edge, AMOLED panel.
“Ferrari’s” internals are completely redesigned as well, with the logic board being split into two discrete units connected by a flex cable. The first board will house the iPhone’s operating parts, like the expected “A11” SoC and NAND flash storage, while a communications package with Wi-Fi and cellular components will go to a second board.
The SIM card tray will therefore go toward the bottom of the handset to make room for internal components, copying the layout of the current iPad Pro.
So, I will assume that the iPhone 8 will get an AMOLED screen with the hidden finger print sensor, and, due to the fact that the sensor is IR powered, the temperature of the finger will also be important. Culprits will fail to cheat the system with a silicone mold.
Q: Are they going to hide everything else behind the screen? I’ve read about concepts with wrap-around screens.
A: Yes, wrap-around screens have been talked about a lot recently, but it’s rumored that suppliers failed to provide the durable curved glass for the model. Perhaps, it will arrive for the iPhone 9, who knows.
Meanwhile the flat edge-to-edge screen will conceal the speaker’s grill and the front camera. Apple patented “Electronic devices having displays with openings“.
The screen according to the patent features microscopic openings to provide access to the components hidden behind. On the other hand, these openings are too small for a human eye to perceive, so the illusion of the full face will be complete.
By the way, these openings can transfer the acoustic waves greatly and here is the “Acoustic imaging system architecture” comes in handy. Acoustic waves bounce back from the still or moving object and create the profile of it. In our case – the profile of ridges on the finger pad. Dolphins get the picture of the environment the same way. iDolphine – really, what a name!
Q: I like the idea, and I like dolphins, but… a friend of mine got a Surface tablet and this handset has a biometrical recognition system, Windows Hello. Will Apple get one for the iPhone?
A: According to many sources, Apple is developing the eye scanning system and has gotten several patents, but the details of such a system remains obscure. We’re going to look closer into the matter of secure identification in the modern world.
Q: Well, ok, I’ll do fine with the edge-to-edge screen then. But, here’s one small problem, such a screen will drain the power in the blink of an eye. What about battery life?
A: The battery capacity is not yet revealed, but Apple is working to implement wireless charging. The real wireless charging. We’ll abuse the courtesy of the Patent Office once more. Welcome the “Wireless Power Utilization in a Local Computing Environment“! The innovation uses the ability of the near-field magnetic resonance to transfer the electricity to the low-energy devices. Apple has even hired the uBeam company that develops the technology, but as for this year, I guess, we’ll do with traditional wireless charging. It has to go on with the glass back cover and some experts believe, engineers will have to add a thin graphite film to avoid overheating.
Q: Wait, are they going to ditch the power socket as well?!
A: Yeah, Apple haters will have their own special X-mas then! It’s very likely. Very. In a couple of years, that is. The technology needs some honing.
Q: What about internal storage capacity and RAM?
A: 3GB of RAM like the iPhone 7, and two storages, that’s for sure. The amount of storage is yet to be revealed, but around 128GB, considering that iPhones won’t support the memory cards.
Q: Well, I think, I’m going to get rid of my iPhone 8, say, around next spring. Will it be a good deal then?
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Update added on June 18, 2017:
If you’re worried that you are going to smash your iPhone’s 7 display, the iPhone 8 will have twice as much glass for you to worry about. According to new photos of what is claimed to be the iPhone 8 parts, the rear panel of the iPhone 8, along with the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, will use glass instead of metal. This new approach will allow Apple to bring wireless charging to its smartphone.
In addition, the iPhone 8’s front panel will feature a thin screen bezel with a space at the top of the display for a microphone, speaker, and a front-facing camera.
No Touch ID sensor hole is present in the front glass, suggesting that Apple will be switching to a fingerprint sensor that’s embedded into the display. The vertically-aligned dual-camera will be placed in the middle of the rear panel of the iPhone 8, made entirely of glass.
This leak might be a fake, as many case manufacturers are trying to discover as early as possible the new design, nevertheless, current wireless charging technology doesn’t work through metal, so it is highly likely that the next iPhone will switch from a metal back to glass just to simplify the wireless charging.
- Apple – The official website.
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