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iPhone 8 rumored to face major launch delay

by Brandon Russell | April 18, 2017April 18, 2017 1:15 pm PDT

The iPhone 8 is shaping up to be Apple’s most technologically advanced smartphone to date. Unfortunately, the new features—curved display, AR capabilities, and more—mean the device may be delayed until the end of the year.

According to Bloomberg, the handset is expected to feature a new design with stainless steel materials, more advanced cameras, and a curved display. That screen is expected to feature bezels that are just 4mm thick—the device itself is rumored to be about the size of the iPhone 7 but feature a display that’s larger than the iPhone 7 Plus.

Apple is said to be testing a few different versions of the iPhone 8: One with an OLED screen that’s flat, but features cover glass that curves into a steel frame. The other version reportedly features the same slightly curved front, but a glass back with more dramatic curves similar to the original iPhone, Bloomberg said.

Due to the slimmer bezels, Apple will allegedly place the fingerprint sensor beneath the display, though the report claims Apple is finding it “technically challenging” to implement. Samsung reportedly tried something similar with the Galaxy S8 but wound up playing it safe due to the same technical hurdles.

As we’ve seen in multiple concepts, the iPhone 8 is said to feature a dual-camera setup that’s positioned vertically, which would apparently result in improved image quality. Bloomberg claims the front-facing camera will also feature dual-lenses—a first for Apple’s iPhone.

Don’t forget about the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus

In addition to the iPhone 8, Apple is still on track to release the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7 Plus, though it’s unclear what new upgrades the devices will receive. It’s very likely the phones will feature new guts, improved cameras, and the same designs as the previous three generations.

Many of the new upgrades expected to feature in the iPhone 8 sound eerily similar to Samsung’s new Galaxy S8, which launches this Friday. So, Apple fans, if you want a quick taste of what Apple’s upcoming flagship will offer, it may be worth checking out the Galaxy S8 at a nearby store.

Like in years past, Apple should unveil its new devices at an event in the fall.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...