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Apple Is Keeping These iPhone 8 Secrets

Have you ever gone to an Apple store, all excited to see the new iPhone? The photos you’ve taken are crispy clear. The feel and look of it just fit your taste.

You debate if you should buy it or not.

You ask an Apple worker for the price, and you jaw-dropped like never before. At that point, you’ve decided to buy from another brand, or stall until the next iPhone release in hopes that price for the iPhone will decrease in the upcoming months.

Unfair, right?

Well, I’ve got bad news for you…
I’m sorry to announce that the iPhone 8 will potentially be the most expensive iPhone yet.

1. OLED Screens

Apple is pretty much going to bump its base price due to the high cost of incorporating flexible OLED screens.

It will, however, be the most anticipated feature for the iPhone 8 as fans have criticized the company for its lack of innovation:

Indeed. Apple has been lacking innovation and is behind the curve lately.

Samsung has been thinking about beating their top competitor through innovation, one of its main competitive advantages these days.

The first mobile phone sporting OLED released by Samsung was the i7110 in October 2008, way back in time.

While Apple was still scrutinizing with LCD, it is about time that changes will be made in Fall 2017. Ironically, Apple has already signed a deal with Samsung to produce OLED displays once production begins.

According to MacRumors, it is estimated that about 20 million AMOLED will be created per month for Apple. Other OLED manufacturers, such as Sharp, Japan Display, and Optronics, have been set to provide the screens for Apple but starting in 2018.

Therefore, Samsung is currently Apple’s sole iPhone 8 screen provider.

Do no drop it!

I repeat. Do not drop your iPhone 8!

iphone-8
Source: Gizmoslip/YouTube

If you do drop it, prepare to pay a ridiculous pricey bill.

I was chatting with my local cell phone repair shop here in Vancouver. They’ve told me that the cost to replace a single Samsung S7 Edge would be a staggering

Considering that Apple has assigned Samsung to be their supplier, and making assumptions that the OLED screen will similar to S7 Edge, iPhone 8 screens will not come cheap.

2. Wireless Charging

In addition to OLED screens, Samsung has been taking advantage of the wireless charging feature, especially the S series.

There are rumors that Apple is planning on replacing the USB-C charging compatibility with the new feature of wireless charging. Hence, wireless charging is contributing substantially to the price of the iPhone 8.

The iPhone 8 maker is also no stranger to this new addition. Apple Watch is the first product to incorporate wireless charging.

KGI Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo – Source: Digitimes

Although it is not always easy to simply replicate such a feature onto a bigger and versatile device, Ming-Ching Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities, has said that the adoption of glass casing and wireless charging are both unfavorable when combined due to overheating issues.

From the note:   

Adoption of glass casing & wireless charging unfavorable to thermal system operation for three new 2017F iPhone models; bigger impact on OLED model. The thermal system becomes less efficient with glass casing, as compared to metal casing used previously. Furthermore, wireless charging increases handset temperature. While we don’t expect general users to notice any difference, lamination of an additional graphite sheet is needed for better thermal control and, thus, steady operation; this is because FPCB is replaced with film, which is more sensitive to the temperature change of the 3D touch sensor in OLED iPhone.

With that said about the overheating problems, Apple will most likely have to add an insulating graphite sheet to avoid any malfunctions or even explosions as we’ve seen with the Samsung Note 7 that happened in mid-2016.

Having many add-ons and new features will be more complicated as issues might arise. Fixes to these problems will costly.

3. Glass Casing, Front & Back

To support wireless charging efficiently, it makes sense to transition from metal to glass casing.

Philip Schiller, a VP of Worldwide Marketing at Apple, stated

As for wireless charging, Schiller notes that the wireless charging systems still have to be plugged into the wall, so it’s not clear how much convenience they add. The widely-adopted USB cord, meanwhile, can charge in wall outlets, computers and even on airplanes, he said.

It would sure be amazing if Apple could make the iPhone 8, like a single sheet of glass.

John Ive, Apple’s Chief Designer, has had this fantasy for a long time. As for now, it is but a dream.

To support wireless charging efficiently, it makes sense to transition from metal to glass casing. Apple has a long history of producing an aluminum metal frame for their iPhones over the years with iPhones, such as the 5, 5s, 6, 6s, and SE.

Apple is now planning to incorporate glass into the next future iPhone models. A glass body was last used for the iPhone 4.

According to Catcher Technology, a stainless steel metal frame will be placed in the middle of the two glass panels, and it will make the iPhone 8 much more durable and cheaper to manufacture, cutting costs by roughly 30-50%.

4. Iris Scanner

iris scanner
Iris scanner capability. Source: Futuresupplier

While Samsung has already been on it for more than a year, Apple fanatics are impatiently waiting for the iris scanner feature.

There are multiple reports out there claiming Apple was developing the eye scanning technology way back in 2014.

The Iris scanner will use your iris, “the flat, colored, ring-shaped membrane behind the cornea of the eye,” to replace the home button on a whole other level, such as unlocking your phone or even authenticating your identity with your eye.

According to Digitimes, Apple is not going to release the iPhone 8 with iris scanner capabilities, delaying it to 2018.

Samsung is expected to lead all vendors by releasing its new flagship smartphone supporting iris recognition technology in the second half of 2016, while Apple is likely to roll out new iPhone devices with iris sensors in 2018, the sources indicated.

Either way, iris scanner or not, it may be unnecessary as Touch ID is already enough and easy to use to me. Using your eye to replace your thumb? Meh.

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