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iPhone 8 event: 8 things we know about Apple’s next device

by Brandon Russell | September 3, 2017September 3, 2017 9:00 am PDT

Apple confirmed it will hold an event on Tuesday, September 12, where it’s expected to announce new iPhone models and other updated products. The most-anticipated product of the bunch, of course, will be the iPhone 8 (not the final name), which leaked Apple code revealed will feature an all-new design.

The event will be significant for a number of reasons: 1) It will make the tenth anniversary of Apple’s iPhone; 2) The event will be held on Apple’s new campus in the Steve Jobs Theater. What better way to christen its new headquarters than with an iPhone event in an auditorium dedicated to one of technology’s most popular visionaries.

There have been rumors galore about the iPhone 8 going on several months now, so many of the big details we already know. Down below are 8 things (iPhone 8, get it?) that we know will be unveiled on September 12.

No more bezels

This year has been all about bezel-less displays, and Apple will partake in that trend. A photo discovered in Apple code confirmed the iPhone 8 will feature minimal bezels, suggesting the device will utilize OLED display technology. That means colors will be richer and more vibrant, while Apple will have the flexibility to introduce Android-like features, such as Tap to Wake.

The iPhone 8’s 5.8-inch display won’t be completely bezel-less, however. Leaked images suggest the top portion of the display will feature a “notch” to house the front-facing camera and other sensors. Based on the images we’ve seen of the iPhone 8, the cutout doesn’t look very elegant, but we’ll reserve judgement until the device is officially unveiled.

RIP home button

The home button has been a staple of the iPhone since day one, but it’s about to disappear in favor of newer, (supposedly) better technology. And with the iPhone 8 expected to be bezel-less, there won’t be anywhere to put the home button anyway.

There have been reports claiming Apple could stick the home button on the back, an approach seen in devices like the Galaxy S8 and LG V30. However, all signs point to there being no physical home button to speak of. Whether Apple has figured out how to place the home button under the display remains to be seen, but it sounds like that could be a feature saved for next year.

Facial recognition

Without a home button, how will people secure their device and authenticate payments? Facial recognition.

Apple’s facial recognition technology will reportedly be more advanced than anything available, with sources close to Apple suggesting it’s more secure, more reliable, and faster than a fingerprint sensor.

According to reports, Apple’s solution will be capable of unlocking while laying flat on a table, which sounds awesome. But how reliable will it be for folks who wear glasses? And will it work well in low light?

Wireless charging

Wireless charging has been a feature offered by Android devices for years. Finally, Apple is bringing the technology to the iPhone. That could be a big reason why the iPhone 8 is rumored to feature an all-glass design.

Reports have claimed Apple’s wireless charging feature might not be accessible at launch. Rather, the feature could be activated in a software update that arrives shortly after the iPhone 8 becomes available.

As Apple looks to eradicate wires from our lives—it ditched the headphone jack last year—the arrival of wireless charging couldn’t come at a better time.

A new way to interact

With the death of the home button on the horizon, Apple had to think of new ways to interact with the iPhone. One of Apple’s new ideas will reportedly be a software bar, which users can interact with using gestures. Above that bar will sit a revamped dock, similar to the one coming to the iPad in iOS 11.

The arrival of a virtual home button means iPhone users will need to re-learn how to interact with the device, though some gestures should feel familiar, like swiping up to unlock the phone—a feature that’s a lot like Apple’s beloved “Slide to Unlock” gesture.

Blurring reality

When iOS 11 is released, one of the biggest new features will be ARKit, a set of tools that will allow developers to create sophisticated augmented reality experiences. Developers have already demonstrated some really clever ways to use the technology, so it will be cool to see what the community comes up with in the coming months. Augmented reality has always seemed like science fiction, but it’s about to be everywhere with the arrival of iOS 11 and the iPhone 8.

Even better camera

The iPhone 7 Plus introduced a dual-camera setup, giving people DSLR-like control over the bokeh of their photos. The iPhone 8 is rumored to feature a revamped version of this camera system, providing consumers with even better quality pictures.

Apple devices are known for having excellent cameras, and the iPhone 8 will be no different. In addition to providing improved optics and quality, the camera’s software is also rumored to feature big improvements, including the ability to detect different types of scenes, like a sunset, and adjust settings accordingly.

It will be expensive

With all of this new technology, the iPhone 8 won’t be cheap. In fact, a recent report suggested the device will start at $999, making it the most expensive iPhone ever.

Apple will still offer the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, both of which are also expected to feature wireless charging. But if you want the latest from Apple, you’ll have to pay quite a bit. Which isn’t a surprise considering devices across the mobile industry are becoming more expensive as technology gets better.

Now’s as good a time as any to familiarize yourself with Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program.


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...

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