Yes we know, the iPhone 7 is barely warm in the hands of users and we’re already talking about the iPhone 8. Honestly, we started talking about the iPhone 8 before the iPhone 7 was even being opened by those users. The harsh reality of technology news reporting and commentary is that sometimes the subjects we’d rather not talk about are what people want to talk about. The latest rumor coming from MacRumors is that Apple will be drastically changing the look of the new iPhone 8 next year.
Rumors include a larger 5.8″ OLED screen on the “Plus” model and a 5″ screen on the smaller version of the phone. For whatever reason, it’s being said that only the larger of the two will house OLED technology while the smaller one will retain its IPS display. Continuing on with the rumors, the chassis of the phones are said to remain the same size (no word on chassis design) due to Apple making the front free of bezels. The screens on these devices will also be curved which is likely going to help with the no bezels feature. So far what I’m hearing is that Apple is going to make a hybrid Samsung/Xiaomi phone in 2017.
Most of these rumors have been rumors for a few months now, MacRumors is just attempting to validate them with further sources. While the hardware changes seem interesting enough and we’d welcome a fully redesigned piece of hardware, no one seems to ever talk software. Don’t get me wrong, iOS is an amazing mobile OS that delivers smooth and snappy performance for its users hands down. The app ecosystem is probably the best one out there and the hardware and software experience together is truly a job well done, but I’m aching for more.
Since you’re already going to make a Samsung S7 edge you may as well take some cues from the Google Pixel’s software experience. I’m talking the ability to resize your springboard, use custom icons, and use widgets on your home and lock screens. I’m talking deep customization of iOS that doesn’t require a jailbreak and allows users the ability to make their devices something more personal beyond a wallpaper. While I’m all for a full hardware redesign of the next iPhone, I’d be more stoked for even a partial redesign of the software user interface and customization.
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Last Updated on January 23, 2017.