Apple revealed today that they are releasing Red versions of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus at the end of the week to help fund AIDS/HIV research. However, we still have months to go before we find out the looks of it’s next successor.
That gives us a plenty of time to review all the rumours and determine which of those are most plausible. First of all maybe say goodbye to the cool aluminium finish.
1. It might come in all glass
Here is where we advise you to keep your friends close and your iPhone 8s closer. A case of butterfingers and a glass device don’t fare well, as we learned from the iPhone 4. The aluminium casings currently on offer seem to be relatively resilient, so we’ll have to wait to evaluate whether glass is a structural downgrade or not.
2. There probably won’t be a home button
As an all-glass device, the iPhone 8 is slated to eschew the one-man-band home button in favour of a “function area” resembling the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar.
3. It might use facial recognition
Yup, you read that right. Wear a Halloween mask, and your phone might have no idea who you are, thereby locking you out! But real talk, it’s Apple’s latest bio security measure attempt, which is arguably more robust) than a passcode.
4. It could come in three sizes
Reading this on your iPhone 7? It comes in either a 4.7- or 5.5-inch version. The iPhone 8 is expected to offer a happy compromise at 5 inches.
5. Its screen might dominate the size of the iPhone 8
If it gets any bigger, we might as well call it a laptop. But alas, with the (hopeful) promise of a curved organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen, it might be worth the sacrifice.
6. You might have to shell out big bucks for it
With all the aforementioned bells and whistles, it’s no surprise (though no less of a disappointment) that the iPhone 8 could cost you up to $1,000. One renowned tech expert predicts Apple will market it as a 10th anniversary novelty item, and that despite its hefty price tag, sales could venture well into the 60 millions.
7. It could have a USB-C connector
If Apple removes the Lightning connector in favour of the USB-C port, that could streamline your charging tremendously, saving you time spent sifting through all your thousands of wires. Tech pundits note it’s plausible since their new MacBook line includes the change.
Sure, rumours can be a source of frustration, but they definitely get us talking — and eager to update our devices just to see what Apple drums up next.