iPhone 8 May Bring Groundbreaking New AR Experience

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The iPhone is set to celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2017, and you can be sure Apple has something special up its sleeve for that. How special? According to one report, it will blow us away with a clear glass design, HoloLens functionality, eye tracking, and more.

In a post on Medium, Robert Scoble, tech evangelist and entrepreneur, makes some pretty wild claims about Apple’s next smartphone — all of which, he says, are backed up by reliable sources. If you weren’t already excited about the 2017 iPhone refresh, you will be after hearing them.

Scoble begins by telling us the next iPhone, which will likely be named iPhone 8, will be “a clear piece of glass.” It is expected to be made from Gorilla Glass that’s mixed with polycarbonates to make it shatter-resistant. It will also have a “next-generation OLED screen,” Scoble says.

It will supposedly be the first iPhone to offer a true augmented/virtual reality experience backed by Apple. It won’t just mirror Google Cardboard functionality, either; the iPhone’s virtual reality experience is expected to rival that offered by the likes of high-end solutions like HTC Vive.

“You pop it into a headset which has eye sensors on it, which enables the next iPhone to have a higher apparent frame rate and polygon count than a PC with a Nvidia 1080 card in it. Thanks to foveated rendering,” Scoble writes.

Once inside this headset, the iPhone will offer HoloLens functionality, projecting holograms onto the real world around you. It will also be able to track your eyes to offer “a new kind of user interface,” Scoble adds.

The device is expected to offer a new 3D camera sensor from PrimeSense, the Isreali company Apple acquired back in November 2013. Apple reportedly has 600 engineers in Israel working on this sensor alone, and Scoble promises it’s going to be worth it.

He also says that the battery and antennas of the phone will be “hidden around the edges of the screen,” while most of the chips will be condensed into a strip along the bottom of the device.

“It’s the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. It’s the first product introduction in Apple’s new amazing headquarters. It’s a big f**king deal and will change this industry deeply,” Scoble claims, before predicting the device will sell 60 million units during launch weekend alone.

Should the device be that successful, Apple will have shipped more virtual reality devices than every other company combined — in one weekend. Scoble compares this to when IBM entered the personal computing market; “it is that important,” he says.

Don’t get too excited just yet, however. Scoble warns there is a chance that his sources, whom he says are “leaders in the consumer electronics world,” could be wrong. There’s a chance none of this will prove to be true, he says.

Either way, Apple will be planning something major for next year’s iPhone refresh. It won’t just be another incremental upgrade in a familiar form factor; Apple will want to break new ground and push the iPhone way ahead of its rivals for its tenth anniversary.

[via Robert Scoble]

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