Apple 2017 iPhones have been in news for a while now. We have seen many leaks and speculation of the upcoming devices and if the latest one is believed to be true then all three models including 4.7-inch iPhone 7s, 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus and 5.8-inch iPhone 8 with OLED screen will come loaded with 3GB RAM and fast charging support. Further, iPhone 8 is reported to come with ‘two packs of batteries’.
According to a research note published by Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri, Apple is planning to bump up the RAM configurations in this year’s iPhones model. The company will likely to keep the same storage options present in the current iPhone and iPhone 7 Plus, which is 32GB, 128GB and 256 GB.
If the research note is true, then it would surely be a welcome move. For your reference, iPhone 7 Plus sports a 3GB of RAM, while the smaller sibling iPhone 7, is still backed by a 2GB of RAM. This would give more options to users who want to opt for a better RAM configuration without spending extra to get either Plus or the mysterious 5.8-inch iPhone 8.
Coming to the iPhone 8, the analyst predicts that the model will have “extended battery life with two packs of batteries”. Further, the research note also backs up earlier claims from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who stated that the three iPhones will continue to have Lightning connectors, but will be based on USB Type-C connectivity.
Recollecting previous rumours, Apple is said to launch three new iPhones this year. The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone devices will be up much before, probably in September. Further, as per Brian White (analyst), the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 will be available for pre-orders along with the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone devices, however, the availability of the 5.8-inch variant is likely to happen sometime in October-November. Also, Apple is expected to introduce the True Tone display technology which was earlier seen in iPad Pro, into the upcoming iPhone 8.
Coming back to the 3D camera technology, Apple is working on a 3D front facing camera to boost up Augmented Reality in future iPhones. To explain how this 3D technology would actually work, a recent report claimed that this 3D camera will work in two ways – Time of Flight (ToF) and Structured Light. The Time of Flight (ToF) will emit IR signals to the object in front of it and with the help of the bounce back rate, create a 3D image of the object. Meanwhile, the Structured Light will essentially create a grid on the object and will then deform into different pieces to make a 3D image. To simplify, the next iPhone might scan your face and put as your favourite gaming character.
Moreover, Apple is also expected to bring wireless charging and the famous Touch ID might be placed under the display which was previously touted to be introduced in Samsung Galaxy S8. However, a recent report suggested that Apple might follow the trend and place a fingerprint scanner at the back. Apart from this, Apple might as well go ahead and name the upcoming flagship as ‘iPhone Edition’ similar to what the company did with its high-end Apple Watch series.