As far as this year’s upcoming iPhone devices are concerned, the talk is that Apple is looking to launch a trio of new models -- the iPhone 8 (the premium high end offering in celebration of the iPhone’s 10th birthday), plus the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus. So how exactly will the iPhone 8 differentiate itself from the iPhone 7s models? Rumors suggest that the difference will on the body -- it is possible that the iPhone 8 will feature a glass and steel frame, while the iPhone 7s models will retain the same aluminum alloy frame seen on previous year’s models, according to DigiTimes.
Speculated features regarding the iPhone 8 are already numerous -- including a curvedOLED display screen and an iris sensor. As for the iPhone 7s models, the enhancements will probably be incremental in nature, considering they are, after all, “S” iPhone devices. Perhaps a more interesting aspect is the idea that Apple is offering three new smartphones instead of the usual two. One thing that contributes to the iPhone’s success every years is that consumers never have to worry about choosing from a lot of selections. Will a three iPhone lineup in 2017 have an impact on that?
It remains to be seen, of course. And lest we forget, there are other factors too, like the rumored $1,000 price of the iPhone 8 (the increase in pricing attributed to the use of the more expensive OLED display screen). Or that price may give Apple an advantage, especially in offering a competitor for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8.
Meanwhile, Apple has just take a significant step to adapting wireless charging technology for its mobile devices by quietly joining the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). For those not familiar with the WPC, it currently governs the Qi standard of wireless charging now mostly used in devices compatible with the technology.
Of course, this is far from being proof that Apple will be adapting wireless charging tech soon, albeit the fact that the tech giant’s wearable device, the Apple Watch, already takes full advantage of a modified version of the Qi standard. But one can not deny that this piece of development should open some doors for Apple.
There have been rumors circulating over the past year that the iPhone maker is currently exploring ways to achieve long range charging capabilities, and it is quite possible that it will accomplish this by way of a collaboration struck with Energous. The key for iPhone owners is to position their device within range of the charging station. By joining the WPC, is Apple giving up on long range charging? Not necessarily. But tech fans everywhere will certainly be wanting to find out what Apple’s latest move will produce.
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