This September, Apple will release its new iPhone 7, which is rumored to come with a minimum storage capacity of 32GB, a new Smart Connector, a dual-camera lens and a new Space Black color. But in this article we’ll try to imagine how the iPhone 8 will look like, based on the technologies that will come in the near future.
According to analysts at Credit Suisse, the iPhone 8 will come with “significant innovations”, which will include a full-glass OLED screen, upgraded haptic feedback features, a better camera and processor and they believe that Apple will skip the “S” generation in order to celebrate iPhone’s 10-year anniversary. This could mean the end for the “S” convention, and this is a good thing, because Apple’s sales didn’t go very well when iPhones were released only with minor updates.
Either way, the iPhone 8 will solve the battery life problem that bothered owners of the previous models. Apple was criticized for ignoring this aspect, because the company built the iPhone thinner from one year to another and a adding a larger battery was not possible, but there was not enough space to increase its capacity. In the near future, batteries will be more efficient and will increase in size, but that’s when lithium-oxygen cells will become a reality.
The iPhone 8 could support motion charging, which was already introduced in various watches, and which uses kinetic energy from owner’s own movements to charge up a battery cell. This would mean that if the user will take 5,000 steps, he/she will get an extra hour of battery life.
On the other hand, smartphones that will be released in the future could be charged using solar power, and Sunpartner Technologies has already developed skin/case that wraps around a phone and it collects energy from sunlight.
The design of the iPhone 8 will be more durable and its screen could be made of Sapphire, which is a more resistant than Gorilla Glass. Apple is relying on the sapphire plant in Arizona and rumors say that the company is planning to manufacture 200 million 5-inch iPhone displays per year. However, other rumors say that Apple could use grapheme to obtain a much thinner display, as this is the thinnest substance – a million times thinner than the human hair, and at the same time, it’s 100 times stronger than steel.
The iPhone 8 could be more resistant to drops, thanks to a new viscoelastic material that will absorb impacts. Plus, its body could be more flexible, if Apple will use the patented invention that was awarded in January 2015. The iPhone 8 could also be the first waterproof Apple device, but only its internal components will be protected, as according to rumors, Apple has invented a mechanism that will pump the liquid out through the phone’s speaker grills.