On days when the technology news is slow, tech writers and members of the technorati elite politburo hustle to fill the vacuum with, well, hot air. Everyone who pays attention to the Applesphere knows the iPhone 8– or whatever the next iPhone line will be called– is on the way.
Because facts are in short supply about an unannounced product, and the rumor mill has already discussed ad nauseam every possible configuration, writers are required to drum up other scenarios to fill their daily quote of words.
The latest is this one. Skip the iPhone 8 altogether. Move along. Nothing to see here. Or, so says controversy artist Adrian Kingsley-Hughes who struggled to get anything newsworthy or noteworthy out the door for a Monday deadline.
Why you might want to give the iPhone 8 a miss
In other words, skip iPhone 8 because. Just because. Here’s the reality for 2017. Apple will introduce at least three iPhone models; maybe four. iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and maybe an updated iPhone SE to round out the bottom. Maybe, maybe not. The reality of the future is the iPhone’s history. Most iPhone customers do not upgrade to the latest model. Yeah, that’s right. Sure, it sells in big numbers, but most guesstimates of the iPhone’s past sales years say that all other iPhone models sell more than the new iPhone models.
That means if all you want is an OLED display, expected to be in the top model iPhone 8, you could skip it and wait until next year when it gets priced $100 or maybe even $200 less, or when Apple decides to put OLED displays in all models for 2018.
Listen, next year Apple might introduce iPhone 9, so let’s just skip iPhone 8 altogether. No. Wait. After iPhone 9, Apple is sure to introduce, in late summer of 2019, the iPhone 10. So, let’s skip iPhone 8 and iPhone 9 because iPhone 10 will be even more awesome.
Kingsley-Hughes is writing about the OLED display as being the great differentiator in new iPhone models. That’s wrong. OLED has advantages over the LCDs Apple has used in iPhones from the beginning, but Apple’s most recent LCDs have advantages over typical OLED displays– but remember, the LCD display in iPhone 7 was considered indistinguishable from perfect by testers, and most people cannot tell the difference between OLED and LCD anyway.
Apple does a good job of doing the slow walk with new features and functions to the newest models while last year’s model gets the same old same old.
So, why not wait until 2018 when all iPhones have an OLED display? But, then again, why not wait until 2019 when all iPhones will have an OLED display, conductive charging, and better cameras? You know, you could wait until 2020 when all the iPhones will have 8k quantum dot displays, true wireless charging, DSLR quality cameras, and one week battery life?
Skip what’s coming out this year because what comes out next year will be better.