Yet another day, yet another iPhone 8 rumour. This time however, the rumour reiterates what's been claimed by several other reports in the past - that Apple will launch three models of the iPhone this year, the iPhone 8, the iPhone 7s, and the iPhone 7s Plus. Separately, another report tips that the iPhone 8's mass production will only begin in September
According to a report by the Nikkei Asian Review, the iPhone 8 will sport a 5.8-inch OLED display, while the other two smartphones will sport the regular LCD displays that Apple has been using in the past.
With use of an OLED display and the introduction of yet another large-screened iPhone, Nikkei claims that the average iPhone price would thus be raised beyond the current, nearly $700-mark (roughly Rs. 42,800). No other details were mentioned by the publication, but as we mentioned, the report falls in line with previous claims.
Despite the large display size, the iPhone 8 - which is also tipped to be called the iPhone X thanks to the 10-year anniversary of the smartphone - is said to be roughly the same size as the 4.7-inch iPhone 7. This is due to the very small bezels the smartphone is said to have, and the removal of the Home Button. Several reports agree with this claim, first made by KGI Securities' analyst Ming-Chu Kuo.
Kuo had said that out of the 5.8-inch display, only 5.15-inch would be usable. The rest of the space would feature a "function area" to mimic features like the Home Button.
Several reports have also claimed that the iPhone 8 would be the company's most expensive smartphone to date, priced around $1,000 (roughly Rs. 66,800) for the base model.
Other iPhone 8 rumours tip the inclusion of wireless charging, USB-C fast charging, improved Touch ID, improved 3D Touch, an iris scanner, augmented reality (AR) features, an all-glass back, and more.
Coming to the report claiming that the iPhone 8's mass production will begin in September. Digitimes reports that Apple has completely redesigned the the fingerprint ID solution for the 5.8-inch OLED display-based iPhone 8.
Instead of using tech from Qualcomm or Synaptics, the Cupertino giant is said to have used Authentec algorithms and Privaris glass identification tech for its "built-in fingerprint sensor". The report adds that the fingerprint solution is combined with an ultrasound authentication system, pointing to the use of a fingerprint sensor that's embedded in the display. The report also adds that the Home Button has been removed.
This complex technology is reportedly what is causing the delay in production, pushing the mass production till September - implying October would be the earlier the iPhone 8 will hit store shelves. The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus on the other hand, with their traditional LCD displays, are said to enter mass production in the more traditional July timeline.