Apple is preparing a completely overhauled premium iPhone model: full-screen design, improved cameras and more

Apple is preparing for one of the biggest upgrades in iPhone history: the company is testing a new, premium edition of the iPhone with a completely new design and improvements all around that is expected to launch alongside upgrades to the current models for a total of three new iPhones later this year. We've heard similar reports from various sketchy sources from China and elsewhere, but this particular one is a comprehensive overview of the iPhone 8 based on inside sources speaking for Bloomberg. And one thing is clear from this report: Apple has not yet settled on a particular design for this premium new iPhone. The company is testing various models, some with a curved glass back and some with a more conservative, metal back, but what both have in common is a bezel-less, full-screen design similar to that of the Galaxy S8 and LG G6.

The signature new feature of this premium new iPhone 8 will certainly be its full-screen design. Prototypes of this phone feature a screen size close to that of the iPhone 7 Plus, but a physical device size closer to that of the iPhone 7.

This will also be the first iPhone with an OLED display and since other manufacturers are not yet ready to ship in large quantities, Apple has partnered exclusively with Samsung Display, placing an order for 100 million panels. To further save space and make this truly an 'all-screen' iPhone, Apple is said to be doing a few things. First, it's looking into replacing the physical home button with a capacitive one on the screen, and secondly, it is looking at ways to build a fingerprint scanner inside the display. Samsung has also attempted to use a fingerprint scanner built in the display for the Galaxy S8, but has encountered difficulties with the technology and has finally settled on a fingerprint scanner located on the back of the phone. It is not clear whether Apple will succeed in this endeavor, and if it does not, it's possible that the iPhone 8 will also have a rear positioned finger scanner. Last but not least, Apple engineers have looked for ways to build the front cameras inside the display, which could allow further space savings for an 'full-screen' design. We are saying cameras because Apple is also considering equipping the iPhone 8 with two front cameras that will allow for better-looking selfie images.

As far as design goes, Apple is currently testing various prototypes, with the latest one featuring curved glass on both the front and the back. The glass is curved slightly, in a way similar to the curve on the screen of the iPhone 7 family. Apple has also tested design with larger curves, but suppliers are allegedly not able to produce such curved glass reliable in large quantities. There is also a third design undergoing testing, one with a metal back rather than glass, and looks reminiscent of that of the original iPhone. That last metal iPhone 8 design is also slightly larger in physical proportion than the glass prototypes.

Apple is also planning to improve the camera on the iPhone 8 with a vertically positioned dual-camera system that will bulge out slightly. As in other iPhones, the new iPhone 8 is likely to use Sony camera sensors. The two key new additions that are likely to come in the iPhone 8 camera are reality-based driven and some depth-of-field improvements.

Apple will ship this premium new iPhone 8, but also the upgraded current models with its new iOS 11 that it will first show to the world in June. iOS 11 will feature a refreshed user interface. The new phones will also ship with a brand new Apple system chip built on the 10nm manufacturing process. This 10nm manufacturing is more power efficient than current 16nm chips and will allow Apple to maintain its battery standard despite the more advanced feature that it is adding to the phones. There are no news, however, about any sort of radical improvement in battery life, if that's what you are looking for.

If you are already saving for the upcoming premium (and likely pricier) new iPhone 8, one last thing to keep in mind is that it is possible that all the new technology required for it will be supply constrained and the phone may ship one or two months after the typical late September iPhone release date.

source: Bloomberg

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1. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

This is gonna be a great year for phone hardware. All new first-gen hardware. This means next year we will get the perfected and upgraded versions of them which will be ideal to buy.

5. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

That's exactly what I was thinking. I may hold out 1 year too.

6. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Yeah, the iphone edition is going to so drop dead gorgeous and practicable. An all screen monster without accidental touches with revolutionary front and back cameras capable of 3d sensing and AR capabilities. Couple that with the underglass fps, stereo speakers, 3d touch, oled, dual cameras, wireless charging, steel and glass, and then you get a recipe for an ultimate show stopper. Meanwhile samsumg is making android proud on one end with their infinity screen, dex, and wireless charging. Now other oems should step up their game otherwise it will be only Apple and Samsung playing this game in the future.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

None of the Samsung phones have accidental touch issues. Not knowing how to use a phone is your fault. millions of people have bought edge screens and never had an issue with the edge glass. Samsung is the true leader with phones that have had advanced features since 2011. Everyone else is playing catchup or falling to the bottom. Samsung in 2017 could get very close to selling nearly 400M phones...AGAIN. With all the issues with the iPhone 6 and 6S, I am sure people will be rushing to get the newer models. The iPhone 6 family was a disgrace. Plagued with more issues than all previous iPhone combine. The single model which holds the world record in failure rate. Apple needs to do more than just spend money to catch up. Metal back? WOuld mean another year with no wireless charging. We don't need wireless charging. But the iPhone does need quick-charge of some kind. An iPhone taking 3:30 to charge from 0% with a 27XXbattery is lame. I took my iPhone 7 Plus out for its first bike ride. I use MapMyRide and I was recording the ride to Six Flags near me which is about 48 miles from door to door. I used the front facing cameta to record the ride. Even though the air was cold around the phone due to me riding, the front facing camera kept overheating and casuing the phone to stop recording. My ex-Note 7 recorded the full ride at 1440p with no issue and never stopped. Outside of the iPhone normal background services, all apps were closed except the cameta and the GPS tracking my route. Same apps I used on my Note 7. My Note 7 would still have just over 50% of its battery left after 2.5hours of riding. This time I took a slightly different route and it took me 3:00. The iPhone battery was down to 40%, and dropped to 5% while standing in line for 3 hours to pickup my Seasons Passes. That is terrible battery life for a phone with no advanced features and only dual cores. My ex-Note 7 would also last the full ride back, though the camera is off and using only GPS route tracking with the same app. When I finally get home, the battery is brought at 20%. Riding back usually takes about an hour longer do to fatigue. But my Note 7 has never died. My iPhone didn't die, but the battery was at 2%. I didnt complete the ride. I was to tired after 30miles on the return do to 40+MPH winds in my face. I am disappointed in how the phone performed. I didnt even play music like I usually do.

21. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

So once again owner of 9.5M business has written an essay about how apple is a piece of s**t compared to Samsung.

26. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

The thing is iPhones are known for their standby time. He could have a defected one. Took my 6s plus 5 hours to dropped 1 percent. No doubt screen on time playing media non stop Samsung will win. Dang, it has a bigger battery. But androids always tend to lose charge in standby time.

28. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Yes. IPhone has amazing stand by time. But still , screen on time is much more important than standby time for majority of users . And nowadays you can find power saving mode on android mobiles. So in time of need you can extend your stand by time like iphones. In terms of battery usage , android has clear advantage over iPhone .

29. mikehunta727 unregistered

No one even believes the nonsense lol just scroll past it

31. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

So skip it, does anyone make you read his essays. Yeah he took the long way to say, it needs fast charging and a better battery.

33. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The last part of your statement I fully agree with. The first part part I cannot. It's important to ridicule idiots like him or MORE idiots will undoubtedly show up. That's just how it is.

47. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

If you read his comments objectively they make a lot of sense. To call him an idiot is idiotic in itself. Some of the comments you make are simply not true or naive. This is not a forum to rave about Apple products but to discuss tech from many supplier's. If you are too scared to have your points criticised then you should not be posting on forums.

41. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

I skipped it thanks. I've also skipped his other 8000 3000 word essays he posts under every single Apple or Samsung article in which he has to state over and over how much greater Samsung is then Apple.

22. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Serious question: seeing that u love samsung so much, then why do you buy iphones still? What do you love bout them? Why do you keep buying them? You even seem to own much of them over the years and currently. So if they were so outdated, why dont you just get only the "more technologicaly advanced" samsung, afterall they do everything better than the iphone, at least according to you. Just curious.

25. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Because this is what rich people do. He owns a 9.5M business and 4000 employees work under him. So he buys iPhone which according to him is a toy and manufactured by apple which he hates. No wonder iPhone keep selling like hot cakes.

27. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Sounds like he's quite the sheep really doesn't it? Ironic...

39. AlikMalix unregistered

That's what I've been saying.

30. mikehunta727 unregistered

And you actually even believe that lol....

37. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I never said I had 4000 employees. I said we sub-contact that many. We are a National Service Provider. We provide Cabling, security and other services to OUR customers, which range from National retail and restaurant chains and also educational facilities. Here is a screenshot of a mapping application we use, with a database I created that automatically maps the technicians that we use. When our customer sends a work order to us, we map its location and contact the nearest tech who is available for work. We deal only with National chains.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because I always have an iOS and Android device. Why is that an issue with you? Why is criticizing a prodiuct I pay money for an issue. Just because I;m not blind to my issues, doesn't make them less important. I could care less what brand it is. When I frikkin pay $800+ for a device,m I expect it to last a reasonable amount of time, based on what I do with it. The iPhone has terrible battery-life. I am comparing how I use my phones based on iOS and Samsung/Android. I am comparing how I use the phones identical and dont get similar results. I should get better results from the iPhoen because of its lack luster hardware. Lackluster in having lesser battery draining features. Yet it acts worse than a phone that actually has battery draining features. It is a fair comparison. a 3 hour bike ride with only the camera on, screen is on and the GPS tracking is on A iPhone front camera set to 1080p vs my ex-Note 7 which was set at 1440p. iPhone camera kept overheating, Note 7 camera never did. Outside temperature was 60-65. I've used my Note on 90+ degree days. I have high expectations based on what products I use an buy. The one that gets the most bragging, is certainly not the best. Based on my simple usage. I just want to get the most value for my dollar

44. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

And as a cell phones salesman I can tell you many consumers have issues with accidental touches on the edge phones. No bezels equals impossible to hold securely, especially when holding it above your head.

46. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

And I hope this year, Apple would stop spoonfeeding.

2. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Wow wow wow... so much new information ... exclusive only on PA. Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo​l

8. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

LOL But but, iFans said OLED is pure crap due to burned-in pixels and unrealistic colors display. They even trashed curved screen suck and serve no purpose. Let's see if this works with their iToy 8. LOL

12. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Go play with your S-bombs

13. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Apple will not waste their time using non practicable curved screens. Their solution will blow everything else out of the water. Btw, what are u still doing here on PA? Thought u said you were leaving. Just leave already will you?

19. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

You should increase the dosage of anti-apple-disorder medication you are taking. Clearly it is not working.

3. Tech_fan

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 28, 2017

PA is try so hard hyping iphone8.typically PA...LOOL

43. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015


45. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"S8 got record breaking pre-order" "we must do something... " "lets just recycle all iPhone rumors to bury all new article about S8" - Tame Apple Press

4. PapaJi

Posts: 60; Member since: May 15, 2016

Practically the same s**t...

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