iPhone 8 rumors have started circulating on the web and while there have been no confirmed reports from Cupertino about what its next iPhone will be, a new report indicates that iPhone 8 will be the one that will be launched later this year with features such as facial recognition and wireless charging.
According to a note by analyst Timothy Arcuri of financial services firm Cowen and Company, Apple will be introducing some form of facial recognition which will be powered by a new infrared sensor on the front camera. Arcuri has based his note on the information garnered through Apple’s supply chain. While there is no clarity on what iPhone model will be launched, the investor note mentions release of three different iPhone models this September in 2017.
The analyst notes that it will be iPhone 8 that will be launched and it will be released in three different screen sizes – a 5.8-inch version, alongside the regular 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variants. The investor note also mentions introduction of OLED display with the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 said to be dawning a “wraparound” design with the Touch ID being under the glass.
It will be interesting to see Apple introduce facial recognition in the iPhone, although how Cupertino implements it and what sort of use cases are added for this feature will make a big difference. Samsung had introduced iris scanner with the ill-fate Galaxy Note 7, and we’ll have to see if this makes an appearance on the Galaxy S8 or not.
The fact that Apple is looking to introduce facial recognition in the next iPhone is something new, although the bigger OLED display coupled with wireless charging have been reported. Other leaks have indicated Apple will redesign the iPhone 8 completely and go back to an all glass body sandwiched in a steel frame on the side similar to the iPhone 4s series.
According to earlier reports, Apple will rely on Samsung for the OLED, although LG and Sharp are expected to supply panels as well. However, a Bloomberg report had suggested Apple might not have enough suppliers to satiate the demand for these OLED panels, and there could be a constraint.
The iPhone 8 is supposed to sport a bezel-less design, according to reports, although it is not clear if Apple will introduce OLED on all three versions or just keep it for the bigger 5.8-inch version of the phone.
While the iPhone 8 will be a big deal given it is the 10th anniversary of the famed smartphone, analysts expect iPhone sales to drop 2017, with numbers going up in the quarters after the new devices are launched. Apple iPhone 7 series has been seen as an incremental upgrade, and is not expected to boost sales for the company.