15 New iPhone 8 Smart Features That’ll Make You Say Wow
After the release of the iPhone 7 Plus, people were shocked by the missing headphone jack. With the release of the iPhone 8 imminent, some are wondering what they can expect from this newest version of the phone. If you’re interested in what Apple may be brewing up, read on for 15 features and secrets you can expect from the new iPhone release.
1. New Phone, New Name
Instead of continuing with the numbered names, Apple is taking a page out of Android brand books and choosing something a little different. The newest iPhone will be named the iPhone X instead. While some think this is merely a pre-launch nickname, it may turn out to be the actual name of the phone.
2. A Way Bigger Screen
One of the most unique features of the new iPhone is the enlarged screen. Leaked images confirm that it will reach almost to the edges of the front body. With just enough space for the camera and mic, the new screen style gets rid of the iconic home button that has graced the front of the iPhone for years.
The company has made some concessions on previous model sizes — a longer phone debuting every year:
- iPhone SE – 4 inch display
- iPhone 6s – 4.7 inch display
- iPhone 6s Plus – 5.5 inch display
The iPhone 7 and 7 plus maintained the screen size of 5.5 inches, but it looks like this new model will increase the size of the screen by at least an inch, even if it doesn’t increase the size of the phone.
3. Cameras and Alignment
Even though there’s now less space on the front for the camera, reports are saying that there will in fact be multiple front facing camera nodules. There is no word on how this will affect the camera’s features, but it wouldn’t be too much to hope for a Professional Mode, as well as enhanced video speed, panorama mode, better AR functions, and slow motion photography.
There are also reports of a new dual rear camera in vertical alignment.
4. Even Thinner
The iPhone has built much of it’s following being the thinnest and lightest phone out there. The thinnest iPhone so far has been the iPhone 6 at 6.9 mm, but there are new reports for the iPhone X thinning out even more due to a thinner (or nonexistent) front bezel on the Y-axis.
5. Touch ID
While there are been test units with a Touch ID under the glass, they have not been performing well and nobody is sure whether or not it will make the final cut. Many people are holding out for the Touch ID feature because it does more than unlock your Home Screen — it can also make purchases in the iTunes store!
6. No Rear Fingerprint Scanner
There were early reports that indicated Apple may include a rear fingerprint scanner on this new model, but it seems they have dispensed with the idea. With the changes in screen size and home button location, a rear finger scanner may not have been a bad idea.
7. No More RAM
Many people were pulling for the new iPhone to have more RAM, but it seems the new release will have the same amount as the iPhone 7 Plus. Apple RAM for the new iPhone will remain at 3GB for the time being.
8. No USB-C
Some Smartphone manufacturers, like Motorola, have chosen to switch over to the USB-C. Apple has always been an outlier with their chargers, ensuring no other accessories fit with their phones unless they’re purchased from Apple. This trend will continue with the Lightning port in the iPhone X.
9. Wireless Charging
Wireless charging has been available on many Android models for years, and here, Apple is finally catching up to the demand. For their new phone, you’ll be able to charge wirelessly via a rear panel on the back of the phone. You’ll still have to purchase an Apple brand charger though, as the wireless charging isn’t likely to be compatible with what’s already on the market.
When Apple bought AuthenTech in July for $356 Million, people took it as a sign that Apple’s phone security and identity verification features would soon be very advanced. While AuthenTech specializes in fingerprint scanning technology, the recent negative reports of Touch ID may kill this partnership before it even starts.
11. Facial Detection
Just in case the fingerprint scanner doesn’t pan out, Apple already seems to have a backup in the works. There are rumors suggesting that the newest version of the iPhone will have infrared-based facial recognition. You’ll be able to unlock your phone without using a scanner or a passcode. There are references to a facial recognition feature (nicknamed Pearl ID) in the HomePod firmware, which bodes well for those who are ready to unlock a phone with their face.
12. Retina Scanner
While it may seem like something out of a spy movie, it sounds like there is also a retina scanner on the table for the new iPhone. With so many authentication features in the scope of work it seems like Apple has tons of built in redundancies for unlocking their new model phone.
13. New Unibody Material
Many people like a metal body for their phone, as it looks and feels sleeker, and can disperse heat better in some cases. iPhones used to have an aluminum unibody, but it sounds like overheating and obvious scratches on the body are a turnoff for the manufacturer. The new body will be made of composite glass, which won’t be as fragile as most people think, and it’s highly scalable — allowing Apple to reduce the cost of manufacturing.
14. Virtual Home Button
Since the rumors about a larger screen are turning out to be true, the infamous Apple Home Button will need a new place to rest. Two of the most popular theories have the Home Button as a virtual spot on the screen (like you’ll find in the Motorola Droids) or on the right side of the phone (like in the Samsung Galaxys). It may even have both!
15. Water Resistance
Don’t confuse water resistant with waterproof. Water resistant refers to how deep under water you can place a gadget before the water pressure destroys it. There are a few international standards that determine a phone’s water resistance, including IP67 and IP68. While there is word that the new iPhone will be water resistant, there is no information on how high their rating is.
All these promised features mean a lot of excitement for consumers, and tons of anticipation for the release. Unfortunately, production is reportedly delayed and you’ll have to wait a little longer before you can get your hands on the latest Apple phone.