Wow. It’s just really hard to believe Apple could put so many new features into an iPhone. It’s amazing. What’s coming to iPhone in 2017 besides iOS 11? If you believe the rumor mongers, everything. And not much.
Every year, beginning just days after a new iPhone is released, technology pundits start with their list of what’s coming next year. 2017 is no different. The new iPhones will be revolutionary. Or, iterative. A completely new design. Or, an improvement on last year’s model. Or, more likely, something in between.
It. Be. Amazing!
Earlier this week I read Dave Farrington’s missive on the iPhone, specifically titled, “What We Don’t Know About iPhone 8.” The insightfulness of Dave’s analysis will astound you. What we don’t know about iPhone 8 is, well, everything.
That’s everything from the Name to physical Size, from Screen type and size to Home button location, from the Camera specifications to the Price. Only Apple knows where the Touch ID fingerprint sensor will be, but it could be embedded into the front screen or embedded into the back case, just below the double-triple-quadruple lens camera.
As is the routine for new iPhone models, case designs and schematics have been leaked as if they came straight from one of Apple’s factories in China or off design honcho Jonny Ive’s desk. The Apple media and technology websites in general have chimed in with all the same headlines from last year.
Rumor Roundup – from a rumor site, of course. Digital verbiage features a glass body, micro-bezel edge-to-edge display, integrated Touch ID fingerprint sensor, three iPhone models, ho physical Home button, wireless charging, OLED display, and more.
Mockups – like clockwork, design mockups run aplenty, including a very Samsung Galaxy S8-like iPhone complete with a YouTube video (of a product that is more imagination that reality, though we’re getting down to slim, rounded-corner glass slabs, so it doesn’t take much imagination any more).
All We Know – usually is a compilation of what iPhone customers and tech media writers want, as opposed to listing anything that comes from Apple. c|net’s latest list says it’s everything we know, but it’s merely a list of items from other website lists. That includes replacing the Lightning connector with a USB-C connector, and maybe some augmented reality capability thrown in.
Specifications – 9-to-5 Mac has a list of specifications which read more like the guesstimates from a leaked schematic drawing than a bullet point of hardware features. The Google link included keywords ‘News, Specs, Features, Pricing, Release Dates’ all of which are easy to dream up because once the iPhone ships, nobody goes back to see how accurate the predictions were.
3 iPhones – Business Insider did want al the technology sites are doing these days; feeding on Apple frenzy, in this case with mockups galore, and all the same concept and rumors– but in one article– including one whereby iPhone 8 goes back to the iPhone 4’s design of metal and glass. There’s even mention from the infamous Gene “Apple Television Ships Next Year” Munster who says augmented reality will be a thing.
Here’s what we know for sure about Apple’s next iPhone models. They will be introduced in 2017. They will run iOS 11. They will have a faster CPU, better graphics, and a new design.
Only Apple knows for sure and not one of the leaked rumors or schematics or mockups came from Apple. For now, Dave’s comprehensive list is as good as any. It’s the most realistic.