iPhone 8 Will Have Curved OLED Screen and USB-C Connector

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    In line with previous reports, The Wall Street Journal today said Apple's rumored iPhone 8 will feature a curved OLED display supplied by Samsung.

    Tuesday's report corroborates previous claims from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo that Apple will release three devices this year: Two "S" cycle iPhones with LCD displays to succeed the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well as a special "10th Anniversary Edition" iPhone 8.

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    According to WSJ's anonymous sources, Apple will drop the traditional home button on the iPhone 8 in favor of a distinct touch-enabled area on the chin of the handset, also corroborating Ming-Chi Kuo's claims of a "function area" below the new iPhone's main display. Additionally, in a new claim likely to cause much debate, the paper reports that Apple will replace the Lightning connector with a USB-C port. Indeed, all of the next iPhones are said to feature a "USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company's original Lightning connector".

    Over recent weeks, reports have clashed over which models will include several purported new features. For example, citing "reliable sources" within Apple's supply chain, Japanese blog Mac Otakara most recently claimed that only the OLED model will adopt glass casing and wireless charging capabilities, contradicting a Nikkei report and analyst Kuo's repeated claims that all 2017 iPhones will feature an all-glass design and wireless charging.

    Further muddying the waters, Mac Otakara made no mention of the Lightning port being dropped, despite the fact that a USB-C connector would allow newer MacBook or MacBook Pro owners to connect the iPhone 8 to their laptop straight out of the box. On the contrary, Mac Otakara's sources claimed Apple's Lightning to USB-C Cable would remain an optional purchase, which just goes to highlight the odd situation that newer Mac owners could find themselves in, should the next iMac and Mac mini models also adopt exclusively USB-C ports, as they are expected to do so. The other possible scenario is that Apple replaces the current USB-A connector on the end of the iPhone Lightning cable with USB-C.

    With an edge-to-edge design, the iPhone 8 is said to be similar in size to the 4.7-inch iPhone, but with a display the size of the 5.5-inch iPhone. According to Kuo, it will feature a 5.8-inch display with 5.15 inches of usable area, with the rest dedicated to virtual buttons that will replace the existing Home button. The iPhone 8's front-facing camera may also include 3D sensing capabilities, allowing it to find the location and depth of objects in front of it, perhaps enabling facial and iris recognition. According to one report, the iPhone 8 could cost upwards of $1,000.

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  2. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000

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    Bring it. USB C will be a solid addition. [Now cue all the "But Android has had this forever already!" comments...]

    Actually hoping for more of a change with iOS than any hardware fandangles.
     
  3. Spectrum, Feb 28, 2017
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    USB-C. Really?

    This is the right direction...but I'll be amazed if Apple drop Lightning.

    EDIT: If they do this, will they also release new USB-C rechargeable keyboard, mouse and trackpad for the iMac?
     
  4. christarp macrumors 6502

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    Lightning is better :( can't see why they would downgrade to a lesser more bulky standard... most apple users, have plenty of lightning cables lying around.
     
  6. Markiie macrumors 6502

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    The reaction to this is going to be wild....
     
  7. and 1989 others macrumors regular

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    I think My next iPhone will be a Google Pixel.

    What benefit to a user does a curved screen have, what benefit does another type of connecter have when in my house we have lightening chargers in every room. Will apple update iOS to once again maximise efficiency and ease of use for customers? Until then, this iPhone is my last iPhone.
     
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    Good. USB-C is where they should have gone with the 6S. Very annoying, but dropping ligtning for an open standard would actually be courage unlike what they tried to say was courage last year.
     
  9. jimthing macrumors 65816

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    USB-C – really? Is this at all credible, given they had to go it alone with Lightning before USB-C was available, as we all know?

    It'd likely be a great thing, but given the confusion as to what each manufacturers USB-C cable is capable of, it seems rather far-fetched to me.
     
  10. Bane-Thunder macrumors 6502

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    I really don't see this happening for this years iPhone. Apple just ain't the kind to have two different iPhones at one announcement. The 7S, 7S plus an a 10th anniversary edition? Lol not happening. It's either one or the other.
     
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    I'll believe it when I see it. These rumors are hilarious, most turn out to be completely false. Same nonsense year after year.
     
  12. wozmatic, Feb 28, 2017
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    annnnnnnnnnnd goodbye iPhone

    (I'm referring to the curved display by the way - it's BAD design and not practical)

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  13. Rogifan macrumors Core

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    Yep. They're just throwing crap at the wall to see what sticks.
     
  14. Jsameds macrumors 68040

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    Lightning was good for its time but I do feel it has now run its course. Hard to believe we've had it for 5 years already.

    It really feels like it needs a push to get the USB-C ball rolling. Roll on USB-C for all iDevices and Macs.
     
  15. miniyou64 macrumors 6502

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    Theres no way this is right. Apple is not going to drop lightning...
     
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    Apple dropping its own lightning port? Just a short period after switching to it? Dream on, this is never going to happen. Would like to see the faces of those people who just bought new lightning head phones after ditching the 3.5mm head phones..... they will be soooooo pissed.
     
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    I keep seeing folks posting about desiring major revisions to iOS but I just can't see it happening. There are so many average, everyday users who are familiar with iOS across iPhone and iPad devices to think that Apple will make a wholesale change in iOS.
     
  19. Lankyman macrumors 68000

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    Well I was just wondering why they don't rename it the Apple/Samsung Android/iPhone 8? :p

    Android now lead and Apple follows. :)
     
  20. G4DPII macrumors regular

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    I love giant dongles!

    If true - a big ecking IF - seems a little odd to take a step backwards from something they have been pushing for a long time. A welcome change for many I would guess, given the number of different cables you currently need for the present range of iOS devices, adopting a standard across the board would be novel. Some on at HQ must have been ill to have this level headed idea.

    A few small signs lately that maybe at least one person is thinking about the user experience at the moment. A very welcome sign amongst all the mess of recent hardware releases.
     
  21. JGRE macrumors 6502a

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    I also don't believe this for a second. Next to this it would be commercially very unwise to issue 3 iPhones at the same time.
     
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    Why not? The usual S upgrade and then a very expensive and limited edition phone. I've been expecting something like that since the first rumors came out. And then next year they build on the limited edition one.
     
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    Same here. If this ends up happening, would 2018 see an iPhone 8S and an iPhone 9?
     
  25. MacGizmo macrumors 65816

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    USB-C? I don't see this happening. But who knows, I couldn't see them switching to lighting when they did either. With lightning, there was a clear benefit. I just don't see the benefit with USB-C.
     

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