Apple still experimenting with 'iPhone 8' tech including curved screens, new camera system...

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in iPhone edited April 2017
Apple is testing a variety of different technologies for this year's "iPhone 8," according to a report reaffirming many rumors about the phone's features, such as an edge-to-edge Samsung OLED display and new camera technology.




In a more recent prototype, the screen itself is flat but with cover glass curving into a steel frame, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources. This echoes multiple reports, including one from Japan on Monday.

An earlier version of the same concept is said to have used a thinner band exposing more of the curved glass, while another allegedly sported more dramatic curves, much like the original 2007 iPhone. The latter may be the hardware referenced by a Korean report in March.

Apple is likely to stick to mild curves because its suppliers have been having trouble producing steeper curves in large quantities, Bloomberg commented. While some prototypes have glass backs, the company is also said to be testing a design that ditches this for an iPhone 7-style aluminum back and bigger overall dimensions.

The site's sources reiterated that while Apple is experimenting with embedding a fingerprint sensor into the screen, it's uncertain if that will make it into a shipping product -- much like some recent analyst claims that Apple is having trouble with the technology.

Perhaps more significantly, the sources supported rumors that Apple testing prototypes with a vertical dual-lens rear camera, and/or a dual-lens front camera -- the latter of which could potentially be integrated into the screen. Both developments have been rumored previously, for instance by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Multiple front lenses could be used for features such as 3D facial recognition and/or iris scanning. Apple may further be experimenting with augmented reality and depth-of-field improvements.

Because of supply problems, the "iPhone 8" may launch a month or two after Apple's normal fall window, Tuesday's report said, noting that in the meantime the company should be offering upgraded 4.7- and 5.5-inch LCD iPhones, similar to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. All three phones will reportedly run "iOS 11," and sport smaller, faster 10-nanometer processors -- again, echoing earlier claims.

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  • Reply 1 of 9
    schlackschlack Posts: 691member
    If this phone hits at $850, the ASP is going to skyrocket, and make AAPL's current stock price look cheap.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 9
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 4,562member

    This rendering is the best I have seen so far, If apple has solved the problem of putting touch ID into the display, the solution presented in the rendering most likely represent how Apple would do it. It will have virtual chin, showing where to put your finger. I do not think apple's solution would be putting a finger anyone where on the display.  

    At this point I more curious to see if Apple can pull this off even on a limited bases.

    edited April 2017 watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 9
    This should be surprising to whom, why?
  • Reply 4 of 9
    Still TESTING in April... only 6 months before rollout?  That surprises me; I thought Apple locked down design a long time before announcement and rollout.
    qwwera
  • Reply 5 of 9
    macseekermacseeker Posts: 430member
    Hope Apple doesn't select the curved screen. Curved screens looks cheap.
  • Reply 6 of 9
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 4,562member
    Still TESTING in April... only 6 months before rollout?  That surprises me; I thought Apple locked down design a long time before announcement and rollout.


    You can assume most of the hardware has been proven out, they are most likely still doing lots of software testing. They could be doing software testing up to week before production launch. Software is the last thing to get loaded so that can wait. It is going to be the software which will differentiate  the hardware features they are rumor to have added. They could also be tweaking the hardware as the product get closer to production.


    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 9
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,087member
    Still TESTING in April... only 6 months before rollout?  That surprises me; I thought Apple locked down design a long time before announcement and rollout.
    RUMORS AND STORIES THAT APPEAR HERE, ESPECIALLY THOSE STARTED BY ANALYSTS AND SUPPLY CHAIN SPIES ARE NOT A STAMP OF QUALITY OR ACCURACY.
    macseekerwatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 9
    subbiessubbies Posts: 71member
    Still TESTING in April... only 6 months before rollout?  That surprises me; I thought Apple locked down design a long time before announcement and rollout.
    Yeah I doubt Apple would still be testing at this stage. They are probably already working on next years model. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 9

    "Apple is testing a variety of different technologies for this year's "iPhone 8," "

    This statement is correct and incorrect. They are testing a variety of different technologies for the iPhone 8. It's just not this year, though.

    watto_cobra80s_Apple_Guy
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