Ramp Up the Rumor Mill
It’s that time of the year again where rumors of the next generation of popular phones run rampant. We could have upgrades coming to the iPhone 7 as soon as this month. But the real excitement is reserved for the next generation, which will be the tenth anniversary of the iPhone.
No official announcements have been made, but the device could follow the numeric naming scheme that has served it well thus far (making it the iPhone 8), or the landmark anniversary could show Apple moving in another direction entirely. Perhaps they will go the route of the Mac OS and add an X to the name.
Doubling Down on Wireless
Last year’s iPhone 7 unveiling was met with considerable criticism for the decision to completely remove the 3.5 mm headphone jack from the design. Multiple reports are signaling that Apple is going to continue pushing forward with wireless by making the next generation phone be capable of wireless charging.
Samsung’s Galaxy series smartphones have had wireless charging capability since the previous S6 generation, so it’s not too far-fetched to think that Apple would be bringing this feature to their new model.
Another feature of newer Samsung phones that might appear in the new iPhone model is an increase in water resistance. There is even a chance, though highly unlikely, of Apple removing the charging port altogether to achieve this goal. Still, it is unlikely, because the Galaxy S7 still has a charging port and is able to withstand submersion for 30 minutes in up to 1.5 meters (nearly 5 feet) of water. This could be good news for those who like to catch up on the news in the shower, or who find themselves with butterfingers while standing near puddles.
Next Level Security
According to Apple Insider, Apple recently filed a new patent for “acoustic imaging system architecture,” which could indicate that future phones could have the ability to ‘listen’ to your fingerprint.
The infamous Galaxy Note 7 was one of the first phones to implement an iris scanner, so there’s also a chance that the new iPhones could have that as a feature. Perhaps, however, the rumors are a little off and the phones will offer facial recognition. Either way, it seems as though the new iPhone will have advanced security features.
Samsung phones have enjoyed a relationship with virtual reality thanks to the capabilities of Samsung VR. Apple may be trying to get ahead of that curve by offering augmented reality capability. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, has discussed dual lens cameras as a means of merging the real world with endless digital possibilities.
The new phones might also be equipped with 3D sensors to help with the possible new security features as well as mapping for augmented reality.
Whichever changes and additions are made, one thing is for sure: smartphones are not a stagnant technology. They are constantly and consistently improved, adapted and modified to fit our lives. Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to the likely September unveiling.