This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone company’s iPhone. Yes, Apple’s iconic iPhone has been around that long, and the company not known for celebrations of the past, might have a big celebration ready to launch late this summer.
Last year wrought the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, so based upon the time honored tick and tock versions, 2017 should bring in and ring in iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, right? Based on a 10 year anniversary in 2017, that tick tock naming convention just seems wrong. How about iPhone 7s plus iPhone 8 or iPhone X? Whip out $1,000 and you might get an iPhone 8. I’d buy in a heart beat if it had this set of specifications plus one more.
It’s Just Hardware
Whether Apple chooses to dismiss the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus tick tock or not, one thing is for sure. Change is coming. Here is what I expect.
OLED – but maybe only OLED displays on the iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X or whatever name Apple chooses. Why? Because no company on the planet can make 250-million Quad-HD OLED displays, including Samsung. And they’re more expensive than Apple’s already perfect but 1080p LCD display in iPhone 7 Plus.
Steel – word on the streets is Apple plans a cool new steel case instead of aluminum, but with a glass back. Why glass, you ask?
Wireless Charging – it’s a technology that’s been around awhile and Apple thinks there version of wireless charging might be better. But don’t expect it to work just because you entered a room with a wireless charger.
Micro-Bezel – other smartphones have this and now it’s Apple’s turn to do it right. The bezel is the edge of the screen; the forehead on top which houses the camera and other goodies, the chin on the bottom which holds the Home button, and the edges you use to grip. Think of iPhone 8 as having nothing but glass on the front (or, mostly glass), and iOS 11 will know when your finger is holding the phone and overlapping onto the screen.
Home Button – this is long overdue. The Home button takes up a lot of space, so Apple plans to move it inside the screen. The button and Touch ID are not really a button any more, so Apple can do this. You just have to remember where the Home button is located but I expect a little translucent light circle to guide you home.
iPhone 7s – here’s the deal. I don’t think Apple can get enough of the cool parts to make 250-million iPhone 8 or iPhone X models, so expect a price tag beyond four figures and into the $1,000 range. Sorry. That’s the price of glory.
Dream On – and sure the iPhone 8 or iPhone X will have the best camera, the best screen, and other goodies that rich people can afford but iPhone 7s customers will have to forego, but one thing likely will remain missing in action, but it should be there.
Screen sharing – by that, I mean a way to use AirPlay to display the iPhone 8’s display onto a high resolution display, so the iPhone acts like a mini-Mac in your pocket. Whip it out, plop it onto a dock, open an app, and whatever is on the iPhone’s screen shows up on a big screen; either an iMac or a standalone external display (hopefully, this one will have an Apple logo, instead of something ugly and built to exacting standards of easy Wi-Fi interference by LG).
Will this happen? Of course not. Apple is a hardware company and giving customers a way to use a single device– an iPhone that can be used anywhere and do anything– is not a good way to pump up Mac or iPadsales. It’s a feature I’d pay extra for, but that’s OK because it looks as if I’ll be paying extra for a number of features in the anniversary iPhone anyway.