Prediction: 2017/2018 Will Be Apple's Next Groundbreaking iPhone Release

MICHAELSD

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So we've been getting faster iPhones with bigger displays and better cameras for years, but not groundbreaking new features except for the addition of an App Store: only evolutions such as Touch ID. 2017 will be the 10-year anniversary of iPhone as well, and I am sure Apple will want a major release to mark the milestone. However, considering how 2017 would chronologically be the year of the 7S it is entirely possible the iPhone 8 will be an absolutely incredible release in 2018.

I wish I could do a whole piece on this but it boggles my mind to think that far ahead.
 
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youknome

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Those are some fair points.

I reckon by iPhone 7/8 - Apple may have got rid of Touch ID button and implemented it into the screen and finally done away with a lot of that awful bezel (not complaining I'm still getting the 6).
 
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mattlb

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I feel apple pay will take off because Apple have gone that bit further than the competition.

Instead of just "announcing" apple pay, they've actually gone the extra mile and made partnerships with well known chains, instead of a gradual inclusion. It's like a console launch, it's already ahead of that first step.
 

Ayr

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Why Apple, and not say Samsung or LG or whoever?

Groundbreaking componentry will hit the market and be sold to all these big tech firms around the same time with Apple often slower on the uptake (look at Facetime - video calling on a mobile was around nearly 10 years previous throughout Europe and Asia).
 

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My predictions:

- iPhone 8 and iPhone X (10) will be the biggest releases since the original.

- After iPhone XS, Apple will devise a new naming scheme.
 
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If Apple Pay is a hit, everyone will have a iPhone in 2017/2018. :cool::apple:
Actually, Google is probably pretty happy and cozy right now.

Google the past few years has put a lot of work into trying to get Google Wallet to take off and even got some companies like CVS and McDonalds to implement the NFC ports. The same NFC ports that Apple Pay will be using.

Clearly this has not taken off the way they would have hoped and it's even clearer that because Apple has implemented NFC payments it will take off and a lot of retailers will embrace it.

That said, pretty much any flagship Android phone that has released the past 2 years has shipped with NFC built in it. I don't know the numbers, but that is easily over 50 million phones, possible even 100 million phones out there that turned into mobile wallets over night because of Apple.

So maybe people will switch to iPhone for Apple Pay, but don't ignore the fact that Google just hit a gold mine because of Apple embracing NFC technology.
 

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Actually, Google is probably pretty happy and cozy right now.

Google the past few years has put a lot of work into trying to get Google Wallet to take off and even got some companies like CVS and McDonalds to implement the NFC ports. The same NFC ports that Apple Pay will be using.

Clearly this has not taken off the way they would have hoped and it's even clearer that because Apple has implemented NFC payments it will take off and a lot of retailers will embrace it.

That said, pretty much any flagship Android phone that has released the past 2 years has shipped with NFC built in it. I don't know the numbers, but that is easily over 50 million phones, possible even 100 million phones out there that turned into mobile wallets over night because of Apple.

So maybe people will switch to iPhone for Apple Pay, but don't ignore the fact that Google just hit a gold mine because of Apple embracing NFC technology.
No doubt Google is going to get a piece of the pie, but they need to step up and be like apple and build/configure the right hardware with their software. Right now their just relying on Samsung, Motorola, htc, etc to make it all work. They have so many brand using android OS and only a few of them actually gets properly updated to the latest version. Security will be a concern unless they make the hardware themselves and update it periodically like apple.
 

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No doubt Google is going to get a piece of the pie, but they need to step up and be like apple and build/configure the right hardware with their software. Right now their just relying on Samsung, Motorola, htc, etc to make it all work. They have so many brand using android OS and only a few of them actually gets properly updated to the latest version. Security will be a concern unless they make the hardware themselves and update it periodically like apple.
Google makes Nexus devices so if you want Google hardware with their software, that's what you buy. They're actually excellent phones.

Google Wallet is an app and works on all of these phones as long as they support NFC the phone will have Google Wallet support.

I don't recall if Google Wallet comes preloaded as a Google App because I haven't owned an Android phone in a year but I wouldn't be shocked if that's something that's included in all these phones from the OEMs.
 

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If Apple Pay is a hit, I predict Apple releasing it on other platforms for the .15% profit on payments.
Shoot if it is a hit they will have built their own processing platform by 2018.. That way they can cut out visa, mastercard and amex.. It must be own their mind to eventually do that.. Apple likes to own everything in its operations..
 

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Shoot if it is a hit they will have built their own processing platform by 2018.. That way they can cut out visa, mastercard and amex.. It must be own their mind to eventually do that.. Apple likes to own everything in its operations..
Credit card vendors do get to take ~ 3% of each transaction so that's a possibility.

Apple: on its path to being the first trillion-dollar company.
 

MICHAELSD

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My predictions:

- iPhone 8 and iPhone X (10) will be the biggest releases since the original.

- After iPhone XS, Apple will devise a new naming scheme.
Yup, so far looking like my iPhone 8 (or IMO they might call it iPhone X as an excuse to move to a new naming scheme) prediction from 2014 will be correct.

Hey Siri, remind me to check this thread again in September 2017 .
 

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Hey Siri, remind me to check this thread again in September 2017 .

"I found two Jo-Anne's Fabrics stores near your location, should I route you to the nearest one?"



Kudos, I thought we were going to be getting Apple's wireless charging ecosystem sooner, but I'm certain at this point 2017 is going to be a HUGE year.d
 

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Apple needs a ground breaking design first and foremost. That needed to be this year, not in 2017.
 

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I think groundbreaking releases for the entire mobile industry have been over for a while. Some technology, like battery life, has to take a quantum leap in order for something "groundbreaking" to happen. Now it you are talking great upgrades from year to year, that to me is what is happening.
 

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Apple needs a ground breaking design first and foremost. That needed to be this year, not in 2017.
Why? iPhone users needing an upgrade are still going to buy, keep in mind 90+% of iPhone buyers don't follow apple developments other than "new iPhone released" in the news.
 

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^ The flexible screen which got implemented to the Galaxy S6 edge four years later.

I figure I probably won't get too excited owning a Note7 for very long when I know in 2017...

- Galaxy S8 and Note8 get a 4K displays which will be the driving force to VR. Note7 already has the feature to lower resolution, so stop crying about battery life.

- Nokia returning to the smartphone business with a proper Android flagship. I love Nokia. Still innovative but were stuck with that Microsoft marriage for years.

- LG G6 with a more refined modular design

- Project Ara (more modular designs)

- Foldable displays which can change the game for tablets and phablets forever especially if they are also 2 in 1 hybrids.

- Nintendo NX

- Possible battery life breakthroughs

So while you go anticipate for your new glass design of the iPhone 8 with features Android had for years, I will be too busy checking out all the other options with Android devices in 2017. Your temporary high for any new device is never permanent. Anticipate the future. Things can change fast within six months.





Apple needs a ground breaking design first and foremost. That needed to be this year, not in 2017.
Go anticipate your same glass slab design with iPhone 8 for another year. Android users are already well ahead of iPhone users. Anticipating this form factor...

Android tablet/phablet gamechanger?
 

MICHAELSD

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I doubt we will see much "groundbreaking" additions next year or 2018 either.
There's only so much left to improve or add on to smartphones IMO.
There's still a lot out of sci-fi alone that could be added, not discounting the advances available cell phone manufacturers haven't picked up on yet. With proper R&D there can always be new features beyond faster processors and better cameras.
 

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At the iPhone hacks section.
There's still a lot out of sci-fi alone that could be added, not discounting the advances available cell phone manufacturers haven't picked up on yet. With proper R&D there can always be new features beyond faster processors and better cameras.
I hope you're right.
Would be nice to see some real good and helpful things added.
Not gimmick things like force touch or wireless charging etc...
 

MICHAELSD

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Another prediction: within the next decade the iPhone will become just a slab with a display and no buttons or ports whatsoever.

(Except possibly the lock button, though I think they'll remove every button for the sake of a cleaner design)