iPhone 8: Wireless charging is likely only half the performance
When Apple joined an organization called the Wireless Power Consortium, there was great euphoria for many. And all because in this way the manufacturer gave hope to expect support for the wireless charging function in his device.
Indeed, there are many indications that from now on, Apple will integrate this feature into new iPhone models. However, apparently, the i-concern will not fully implement all the features of the Qi-standard. Japanese techno portal Macotakara reports that it will be possible to wirelessly charge the iPhone 8 with a maximum power of only 7.5 watts, since Apple’s new product will support the Qi Standard Power Profile, and not the Qi 1.2 Extended Power Profile. The latter allows you to double the performance, that is, to achieve charging power up to 15 watts. Thus, it is quite possible that it will take users quite a while to charge the iPhone 8 wirelessly.
But that’s not all: apparently, Apple will prohibit the use of third-party chargers and make wireless charging only possible from suitable stations of its own manufacture. Thus, if this happens, then those who want to recharge their smartphones at publicly accessible Qi stations (for example, in a restaurant or library) are in for an unfortunate surprise. Without a cable, perhaps, in this case, nothing worthwhile will work.
It is also possible that although the iPhone 8 will, in principle, support the wireless charging function, such an opportunity will be unlocked only some time after the release of the smartphone – it is possible that with the advent of the new iOS 11 operating system. There is also evidence that the release of new items Apple has scheduled a next event called Keynote, which is expected to take place on September 12th. That’s when we – at the latest – and find out if the iPhone 8 will support wireless charging and how fast it will be.
iPhone 8: more storage and RAM?
In all likelihood, Apple will launch three versions of the iPhone 8 with different storage sizes. According to Apple Insider with reference to the Chinese portal GeekBar, buyers will be presented with options with 64, 256 and 512 GB. The iPhone 7 is currently equipped with a 256 GB drive.
In addition, all variants of the iPhone 8 will have to be equipped with 3 GB of RAM. The iPhone 7 Plus also has 3 GB of RAM, but the regular iPhone 7 boasts only 2 GB under the lid.
iPhone: Apple may have decided on a date for Keynote
The fans have been waiting for a long time, but now it looks like the date has been set. The hysteria around Apple is about to begin. The company will unveil its top-of-the-line iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus and/or iPhone 8 smartphones in Cupertino on September 12, according to Mac4ever. If the information turns out to be true, Apple will present its new top devices in the second week of September. So far, the concern has done this in the first week of September. The reason for the slight delay is most likely Labor Day in the United States, the so-called Labor Day. It falls on the first Monday in September.
The portal names the French mobile operators Orange, SFR and Bouygues as a source. Allegedly, they received confirmation of the date of Keynote from Apple. The manufacturer asked the sellers to conduct appropriate preparations for the launch of sales. In addition, Mac4ever announces that Apple fans will be able to purchase new devices starting September 22. This indirectly confirms the rumors from Apple insiders. They reported a few weeks ago that the company would massively ramp up iPhone production by mid-September.
Apple itself has not yet made any official statements about any date. Last year, i-Group sent out invitations to Keynote just nine days before the event. In addition to the iPhone 8, iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, the manufacturer may introduce a new Apple Watch 3 smartwatch and an upgrade to AppleTV with 4K.
iPhone 8: Super-fast face recognition likely to replace Touch ID
While the iPhone 8 could have had the long-awaited in-display fingerprint scanner, this feature is becoming less and less likely over time. Apparently, the technical barriers turned out to be too serious, because Samsung was also disappointed in this approach in the production of the Galaxy S8. Thus, rumors that Apple will completely abolish the Touch ID system on the iPhone 8, replacing it with face recognition, look more and more plausible.
A report from the usually well-informed Korea Herald gives new fuel to rumors that the manufacturer’s focus is now solely on the Face ID feature. According to published data, the iPhone 8 should be unlocked in “millionths of a second” using 3D sensors of the “face recognition” scanner – that is, in fact, in real time.
Even if all this turns out to be true, the question remains how safe and reliable the Face ID system works. That face recognition as a security feature is not a perfect tool is shown, among other things, by the example of the Samsung Galaxy S8. The current flagship of the Koreans could be deceived with a simple trick, simply by holding a photo of the owner of the smartphone in front of the S8. If Apple really makes an exclusive bet on the Face ID feature, it will be very interesting what the manufacturer will come up with so that the above tricks have no chance of success.
iPhone 8: Does Apple have a trick up its sleeve?
In January 2007, then-Apple co-founder Steve Jobs introduced the very first iPhone. An update in the face of the iPhone 3G followed in 2008. In 2009, the next model saw the light – iPhone 3GS. iPhone 4 appeared a year later.
Since then, the company has made it a rule to go with the new iPhone first, followed by an update to the existing model next year. So it gradually came to the point that in 2016 the iPhone 7 appeared on the market. If the manufacturer continues to strictly adhere to the rules of this cycle, then in 2017 the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus should be born.
Indeed, good sales figures for the iPhone 7 give reason to think about an update. But many experts immediately ask themselves: will there be enough demand for the iPhone 8 then?
Marketing experts consider it unlikely that Apple will bring two devices to the market at once, which are an update to the old iPhone, and at the same time an innovative high-quality new iPhone 8. , the British department of the American edition of CNET.
Perhaps in honor of the anniversary, Apple will rename its iconic device. Possible names include, among others, iPhone Edition, Apple Phone, Apple X and iPhone X. There is also information about the Limited Edition version. Anniversary iPhone, available only on pre-order and in limited quantities, should appear in 2018. At the same time, Apple may try to limit the availability of new items, inflate prices on it and continue to benefit from iPhone 7 sales.