On the Horizon: iPhone 8

On the Horizon: iPhone 8

We’re now a month(ish) away from the unveiling of the iPhone 8 (also known as the ‘iPhone X’ and ‘iPhone Edition’) and this year is essential for Apple. Not only to keep their share prices stable but to prove they are not falling behind the competition. There are four themes where the tech giant is currently lacking and needs to capture with the iPhone 8 to show they are still in the game.

  1. Artificial Intelligence

  2. The Cloud

  3. Internet TV

  4. Internet of Things

    Many users were unimpressed with the iPhone 7, as it wasn’t a big leap from the iPhone 6 and didn’t bring much more value. Now, it’s the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, and with rumors swirling on what to expect, one thing is for sure: the iPhone got an upgrade.

    Release Date

Every year in September, Apple announces its new iPhone and immediately sells five million units. However, one report by Business Insider suggests that the iPhone 8 may not arrive until 2018. The report claims the smartphone won’t make it to the public this year due to supply chain issues and “technical challenges.”

While rumors claim that Apple will struggle to meet its usual fall launch timeframe, I wouldn’t get worried just yet. Macrumors.com reported that the iPhone 8 is on schedule to launch September and be in your hands by October, as usual.

Price

If it’s anything like Apple’s MacBooks, released earlier this year, the iPhone 8 will be more expensive than previous versions. There are claims that the highest-spec model will be the first iPhone to cost more than $1,000. (That’s rent for some of us!) Tech bloggers have already begun complaining about this price because let’s face it—that’s a pretty penny for a phone, but to loyal iPhone fans, we know it’s much more than that.

Rumored Specs
  • 5.8 in 2.5D OLED edge-to-edge displace (goodbye home button)

  • New design with an ‘all glass’ construction (think iPhone 4 and the new phone case you’ll need)

  • Wireless charging support

  • Rear-facing Touch ID sensor

  • Face-scanning technology

  • Vertical dual cameras on rear

iOS 11

With a new iPhone comes a new operating system and Apple introduced iOS 11 during its WWDC keynote in June. I downloaded the Beta version of iOS 11 to test it out and you can, too! Fair warning: this is not for anyone who can’t deal with phone glitches and has the potential to mess up your device, so I recommend backing up before you try it out. Two updates I found most attractive below. (Read 7 drastic changes here.)

  • Control Center Update

    • Pictured below, it is much more pleasing to the eye.

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  • Screenshots

    • The first time I took a screenshot on my updated phone, I was pleasantly surprised. You’ll still see the standard screen flash, but now you’ll see a thumbnail of the screenshot in the lower left corner of the screen. You can click this, edit it on the spot with tools that allow you to crop, draw, write, add a signature, or highlight areas of the screenshot. Once you’ve made your edits, they now offer the option to delete it immediately or save to your camera roll.

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Are you looking forward to all the new updates headed our way with the iPhone 8 (or X or Edition??) Tweet us your thoughts @Socialfly!

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