iPhone 8 will have curved display and wireless charging. Here is everything we know so far

first_imgThe next iPhone, which could be iPhone 8 or iPhone 7S, will be an important one for Apple as the company marks its 10th anniversary next year. Apple had launched the first iPhone in June 2007, so the next iPhone has to be remarkable, at least on Apple’s part. One of the busiest jobs in the world is of those who keep track of iPhone rumours and leaks. It has been just two months when Apple launched iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and rumours of iPhone 8 have already started doing rounds.While compiling all the leaks and reports one gets a sense that the Cupertino giant is definitely planning something big. One thing which is a given is that it’s about time Apple made a big design change considering the last design change happened with iPhone 6 three years ago.Most of the reports regarding the iPhone 8 are in fact design changes that will also add utility to the flagship. Here is everything that has been rumoured to feature in the iPhone 8.Wireless chargingMing-Chi Kuo, a famous Apple analyst, had said earlier this year that Apple is working on a major design overhaul in 2017. The KGI analyst had said that the iPhone 8 will be an all-glass affair, now another report by Nikkei also says a similar thing.According to Nikkei, Foxconn is making wireless charging modules for Apple. However, it doesn’t suggest that if the wireless charging module will be incorporated in the iPhone 8.If Ming-Chi Kuo’s earlier comment is anything to go by, wireless charging should come with iPhone 8 only since a phone needs a glass back to support the feature. Both the rumours support each other here.advertisementAlso read: iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus review: The best iPhones Apple has made Curved, OLED displaySome reports ahead of iPhone 7 had suggested that Apple is talks with display manufacturers including Samsung and LG Display for OLED displays. Now according to another Nikkei report, the president of Sharp corp., Tai Jeng-wu told students at Tatung University that Apple may switch to OLED displays soon.”The iPhone has been evolving and now it is switching from LTPS (low-temperature poly-silicon) to OLED panels,” said Tai.”We don’t know whether Apple’s OLED iPhones will be a hit, but if Apple doesn’t walk down this path and transform itself, there will be no innovation. It is a crisis but it is also an opportunity,” he added.Tai also suggested that the company may start manufacturing in the US as well if a “key customer” wants them to.”We are now building a new [OLED] facility in Japan. We can make [OLED panels] in the U.S. too,” he said. “If our key customer demands us to manufacture in the U.S., is it possible for us not to do so?” said Tai.Apple currently uses LTPS (low-temperature poly-silicon) panels in iPhones. Switching to OLED display will make iPhone display sharper and brighter. The report also suggests that Apple may try its hands on curved display with the coming iPhone.According to Nikkei, Apple will launch not two but three iPhones next year. It says that two of these phones will come with the usual LTPS display while the premium variant will sport a 5.5-inch curved OLED display.Also read: Smartphone with best camera: Apple iPhone 7 No home buttonWith the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple has already replaced the clickable home button for a capacitive touch panel with support for 3D Force Touch and haptic feedback built into it. The company may go one step ahead with the iPhone 8 by entirely removing the existence of a home button.Apple earlier had filed a patent on USPTO that reads, “A capacitive fingerprint sensor, including: a dielectric structure having a contact surface and a sensor surface; an array of capacitive sensing elements held on or near the sensor surface of the dielectric structure; and an electrostatic lens formed within the dielectric structure.”This means home button will still be there at the bottom of the display, however, it will not be clickable or physically visible. Does this mean the whole front panel will probably work as a display? Yes, it probably will.last_img read more