Color me a nostalgic soul, but I really want to enjoy my new iPhone 7 for a few more months before reading all the hoo ha about iPhone 8. Only Apple knows what will come in iPhone 8 and when it will come, and I doubt even they know all the details.
That does not stop technology rags from ginning up a little self induced fervor over what Apple might do to the iPhone next year or the year after. The reason we’re hearing so much about iPhone 8 already is this: 2017 is the iPhone’s 10 year anniversary. And Apple is so into the past there must be a big party scheduled in Apple’s new Cupertino spaceship headquarters.
Here’s the problem and it has to do with how technology mixes with the calendar and tradition. Apple is expected to switch to OLED displays in 2017. Or, 2018. Whenever. While today’s iPhone 7 display is indistinguishable from perfect, OLED displays are bright and use less power, so maybe some display vendor made one Apple would buy and stuff into a future iPhone.
That’s tech. What about calendar and tradition?
Well, the calendar marks time and time moves at the same rate (mostly; some theoretical physicists might disagree) so 2017 is almost here, the iPhone’s 10 year anniversary is almost here, and that means a new iPhone.
An iPhone 7s and 7s Plus? Or, will Apple skip the naming convention of tick and tock used on the iPhone since iPhone 3G and 3Gs in 2008 and 2009, and simply make a big splash with iPhone 8?
Maybe. Because the technology just might be that cool.
To borrow a phrase from Adele who probably borrowed it from someone else, rumor has it that Apple can get about 100-million new curved OLED displays from Samsung, the Korean conglomerate and world leader in exploding smartphone batteries. But Apple sells more than two hundred million iPhones per year, so it’s possible we’ll see a tick tock and tick in 2017. The iPhone 7 and 7s Plus, and the iPhone 8. Maybe Plus. Maybe less.’
As usual, we should see faster graphics, and perhaps some improved battery life now that the headphone jack is history (does anyone complain about that anymore?) and an OLED screen would use less power. And the camera is likely to improve a bit, too. It’s getting more and more difficult to tell photos apart from the high end smartphone cameras– or, even last year’s smartphones.
Here’s what I would like to see in iPhone 8, whether Apple skips the iPhone 7s or 7s Plus or not.
- iPad Pro-like Smart Connector
- Quad HD screen resolution
- More water resistance to the point of waterproo
- Wireless charging ala Watch
- TrueTone color
- No more aluminum (for better reception)
- Actual zoom lens on the camera
- External display connection capability
- Micro-bezel for smaller phone size
- No Home button
I’m not asking for much, right? And, what the hell; let’s go straight to iPhone 8.