11 Sep, 2017

Apple iPhone X Edition, iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus with iOS 11 is just round the corner, here’s what to expect and what we would love to have

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It’s the iPhone’s tenth anniversary and after several months of tease, rumors and leaks we finally sit a day before the grand unveiling at Apple’s Steve Jobs Theatre which is the centre stage of the new Apple campus in Cupertino, California. The theatre is a 1000 capacity auditorium and it is one of the coolest highlights of the Apple Campus, which we all know as The Spaceship.

Many would have thought that after Steve Jobs, Apple’s future is going to be bleak, but hats off to Tim Cook who has been experimental and successful with the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus,  the iPhone SE and the last year smash hits iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Yes, we’ve had the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in between along with several iOS editions, the Apple Watch, the iPads and iMACs and MacBooks, but the cherry of the cake has always been the iPhone. Now, as we all know that the year 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, the speculations here hot and high as usual, but will Apple be able to deliver? The smartphone market is a dirty chaos, the Androids rule the globe, but with so many models to choose from, the task of being a smartphone buyer or just an enthusiast is daunting. I’d give you an example; I recently decided that apart from using my iPhone SE (I love the small screen size and the camera) and my Nokia Lumia 1020 (O! I love the monster camera and the original Nokia tag), I would give Android another chance (I haven’t used an Android for over 6 years now). My budget for an Android running smartphone is set and I thought how hard could it be to buy a decent Android smartphone? I was wrong, the market had around 30 different Android smartphones in my budget and all of them were differentiated as

2GB RAM & 16GB Storage or 3GB RAM and 32GB Storage
Snapdragon 625 or Snapdragon 430
Some also have the Mediatek ChipSet
5-inch to 5.2-inch to 5.5-inch
Fingerprint on the home button or at the back
Small to a Decent and to a Huge battery

And the biggest problem of them all, a single smartphone manufacturer has around 6 different smartphones in the same price range. This is so confusing. Anyhow, I believe I would be able to find a decent Android running smartphone pretty soon.

Coming back to the latest iPhones, It is confirmed that the special anniversary edition iPhone is going to be named as the Apple iPhone X or the iPhone Edition. I’m not sure whether the other two models will be named as iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus or the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, but here’s what we are going to get.

DISPLAY SIZE, STORAGE and POWER

We’ve seen the Essential Phone and the Samsung Galaxy S8 with edge-to-edge screens with essentially almost no bezels at all and iPhone X is not going to be different. Apple is expected to offer OLED display in place of the LCDs and although this is going to increase the per device cost, the end result is going to be better colors and amazing power management. The screen is definitely going to be the talking point for the iPhone X. While people who saw and used the Essential phone were not happy with the small cutout at the top of its screen, they aren’t really going to be happy with the iPhone’s essential like screen either as the cutout on the iPhone is going to be more pronounced as seen in the image above, but trust me Apple is known to pride themselves with the design aesthetics and it will work. The iPhone X is and the iPhone 8 Plus are expected to pack a 5.5 display, but as the iPhone X says goodbye to the bezels, expect the workable screen size to be somewhere around 5.8-inch. The iPhone 8 would still have the standard 4.7-inch display.
One can also expect the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus to come loaded with 3GB of RAM and an enhanced battery to offer extra juice for the OLED display. However, the iPhone 8 will still have 2GB of RAM to play with. The storage size has been a debate, but Apple in 2017 decided to let go the useless 16GB storage variant and this gave way for 32GB the starting point for any iPhone, iPad and iPod. You’ll probably have the same 32GB, 128GB and 256GB of storage options with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but rumours suggest the iPhone X will start at 64GB, 128GB and 256GB as standard. People used to complain about the meagre 16GB storage on the earlier iPhones but that’s the same case with 32GB as well and moreover, it’s perfectly up to the end user to have a decision. This has been one of the best Apple tactics to lure people into buying devices that offer more storage (and yes they cost more than the standard 16GB or 32GB). Will the new iPhones have Apple A11 chipset? Yes, the chipset will have to accommodate for the extra power hungry screen and with so much more happening under the screen, the processor will have to be a beast. There are suggestions for it to be a Six-Core processor. Currently, the iPhone 7 Plus runs on the Apple A10 Fusion chipset which is clocked at 2.34 GHz Quad-Core speeds with 2X Hurricane and 2X Zephyr processors. The PowerVR Series 7XT GPU also comes with six graphic cores.

 

WHERE’S MY TOUCH ID

Apple unveiled the iPhone 5S in 2013 that brought fingerprint scanner to the masses. Yes, there was Motorola Atix that first introduced the technology, but the first ever smartphone to come loaded with a fingerprint scanner was the Toshiba G500 and G900 in 2007. Anyways, since the iPhone 5S, the fingerprint scanner has been updated quite a bit and we’ve seen the feature (which Apple calls Touch ID) in almost all other Apple devices. This even forced other manufacturers to bundle the fingerprint scanner or fingerprint reader in their smartphones as well.
There are lots of speculations as to how Apple is going to have a tough time offering and enabling a Touch ID scanner on the new iPhone X as it’s all screen, glass, but Apple might have n answer to that.
The iPhone X is definite to have a Face ID scanner or Face reader instead of the fingerprint reader. The Face ID is going to be Apple’s brand new biometric system for unlocking your phone, using the iTunes and App Store and for the payments as well. Developer Guilherme Rambo found the complete Face ID setup in the iOS 11 logs and he says once the device and the OS are unveiled, we can expect the whole process to be quick and accurate, not to forget more secure than ever.

With the Face ID leaks leaking almost each minute before the big unveil, it is hard to say that Apple might have something else, something big up its sleeve. Who knows we might even have an under the glass/screen fingerprint scanner as well. I don’t really think so.

 

iOS 11: THE BIGGEST iOS UPDATE EVER

Yes, it’s safe to say the the iOS 11 is definitely going to be the biggest iOS update we’ve seen so far.  The new iOS or the iOS 11 has no separate notification center, the lockscreen has been merged with the notification center. The control center is back to one single window and it comes with an entirely brand new bubble icon style for all the icons present there. The Control Center comes with several sections from two big sections for networking and music controls and several smaller sections for volume, brightness, rotation lock, flashlight, alarm, timer, battery health and so on. Siri has said to improve immensely as it now houses a more human tone to the voice which sounds crisp and natural. The lack of a physical home button means you’ll have the option of Hey Siri! as usual, but to wake Siri up you can now use power/sleep button. Long press the power button to wake siri up. The iOS 11 on the iPad features a new dock feature similar to the Mac devices. Currently, the dock on the iPad has 4 standalone apps like the iPhone, but with the new update, the dock will house multiple apps which you can scroll to find the one you want.

Camera, Camera, Camera

It’s not clear if Apple would be upgrading the amount of megapixels on the rear or not, but one thing is clear, the camera is going to be amazing than ever.  The iPhone 7 Plus offered the cool bokeh effect (Portrait Mode) that provides the unique depth of field effect. Apple is going to implement HEVC or H.265 video encoding that offers better compression and then the JPEG image format is going to be changed to HEIF (High Efficiency Image Format) that saves space.

It would be really interesting to see if Apple ups the megapixel game to somewhere close to 20-Megapixels, the face time camera would probably feature a 3D system that would also assist in the new Face ID recognition.

PRICE

The iPhone X is expected to start at $1000 for the 64GB variant, $1099 for the 128GB and $1199 for the 256GB variant. The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus would fall in the same price bracket as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, starting at around $649.

Call me biased, but I can’t wait for the new iPhone X or the iPhone Edition, I am going to order one as soon as I can. If you wish to watch the unveiling, you can visit the Apple website here and enjoy the new unveil tomorrow.

 

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