The iPhone 8, or iPhone X if you prefer, is rumored to be unveiled later this year, and, with it, Apple is said to be packing in quite a few high-end, noteworthy features.
However, while Apple is shoving in everything but the kitchen sink this year, into a phone that will stand out for a variety of different reasons when compared to the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus rumored to launch alongside it, a new report from Reuters outlines why “tech breakthroughs” aren’t actually on the table this year.
Specifically, the report basically details why Apple, in some cases, is simply adopting technology that has already made its presence known in other, non Apple-branded devices, and, in other cases, just expanding the functionality that’s already present in the iPhone 7.
In the case of the latter situation, the iPhone 7 is equipped with a “time-of-flight sensor,” which helps the front-facing camera autofocus. This is technology that’s available in other smartphones, too, but, in the case of Apple, the company could upgrade it to support 3D mapping for facial recognition — one rumor that refuses to go away.
The report also echoes the rumor that Apple will be ditching the Home button altogether, and instead opt for a fingerprint sensor that is embedded below the display. Additionally, according to sources, Reuters adds that Apple currently has five different teams working on developing wireless technology for the iPhone 8. This is just part of the company’s focus on wireless charging, as it recently joined the group backing the wireless charging technology, Qi:
“Apple recently joined the group backing Qi. But there are still at least five different groups working on wireless charging technology within Apple, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.”
Finally, the report echoes a recent rumor that suggests Apple will charge a hefty sum for the iPhone 8 — upwards of $1,000 or more. According to an analyst, this device will be a “ultra-premium device for the real Apple-crazed folks out there who want to stand out.”
So, the question is, will you pay for it?