Much of the technology media has centered on iPhone 8 making a debut next summer instead of an iPhone 7s. No tick tock naming scheme in 2017, thanks mostly to the iPhone’s 10th anniversary. But there might be another reason and it has to do with a growing list of new technology we can expect Apple to adopt in iPhone 8.
First, smaller and bigger.
How is that even possible? iPhone 7 has two screen sizes, therefore, two phone sizes; the smaller 4.7-inch display, and the larger 5.5-inch display. Each iPhone has a rather wide bezel on the side, a large forehead which contains the front camera and one of the stereo speakers, a large chin which holds the Touch ID fingerprint scanner and Home button.
What if Apple could eliminate the left and right side bezels, reduce the forehead, and eliminate the chin? That would make the device much smaller, to the point that an iPhone 8 with a 5.5-inch display could be as small as an iPhone 7 with the 4.7-inchd display. Likewise, an iPhone 8 with a smaller 4.7-inch display could be as small as the iPhone 5s from a few years ago. The screens would be the same sizes as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but the form factor would be much smaller.
As is the case, circuit boards get smaller, layered, and more powerful, which means more space for a larger battery, and that means longer battery life, thanks to an OLED display which uses less power, and the fact that the headphone jack is gone.
Apple already has the technology to remove the Home button entirely and perhaps embed it into the screen, but rumors swirl that face recognition and iris scanner technology might make the combo Touch ID and Home button a thing of the past.
All of this is just the speculation that begins for new iPhone models about 14 seconds after last year’s model is debuted, but you get the idea. Thinner, lighter, faster with improved components is something of the norm, along with iterative improvements and innovations, but every few years Apple makes an interim leap forward as the technology and manufacturing techniques improve.
We saw that with iPhone 4, then iPhone 5 two years later, the larger screens in iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, two years after that. Although last year’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were completely redesigned inside, the outside shell remained much the same. 2017 would seem to be about time for Apple to make another interim leap forward, and removing the bezels and chin, adjusting circuitry inside to allow for a larger battery, and even adding wireless charging (similar to the Watch) would make the iPhone 8 worth of a full on name change, but still with a tick tock version.
That also leads me to believe that Apple will have three iPhone models in 2017. The iPhone 7s, the iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone 8 with perhaps the OLED display and an improved camera and different storage options. And a hefty price tag, too. This is Apple I’m talking about, right?