Updated 11:45 AM EDT, Fri, Sep 18, 2020

iPhone 8 Release Date in 2018? 3D Images, Projector, Flexible OLED Display & More Expected! [Specs & Features Wishlist]

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Rumors about Apple's iPhone 6S/iPhone 7 are just starting, but speculations about the iPhone 8 are already going around. If the reports are to be believed, the iPhone 8 will have a completely different display than its predecessors.

Listed below are the rumors surrounding the iPhone 8. Note that these are all unconfirmed by Apple at the moment.

Display & Design

A report from Business Korea claimed that the future iPhone will have a curved or flexible OLED display as a way to compete with other smartphones currently boasting the same kind of screen.

OLED screen, which stands for "organic light-emitting diode," are capable of solving Apple's products' existing weak points such as color saturation, accuracy, and brightness, Business Korea noted. The corporation is currently utilizing the OLED technology in the Apple Watch, BGR noted.

Apple is also said to be in consideration over removing the Home button on the future iPhone and fitting it in the screen, BGR wrote. This is a way to extend the display, with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor possibly contained in the screen as well.

3D Images

A report from iphone8specs.com said that the ability to view 3D images on the next iPhone has been going on for a while now.

According to the news outlet, Apple has been given the patent for a screen supporting 3D technology, but utilizing the feature will take much work and improvement.

Projector & Virtual Keyboard

Samsung already uses the projector technology in its products, and now iphone8specs.com claimed that Apple will also incorporate the concept in the future iPhone.

The possibility of a virtual keyboard is also in Apple's future, given that the tech giant also received a patent for the technology, as written by iphone8specs.com. According to the news outlet, "A virtual keyboard with taptic keys is something they are definitely looking at, although it is probably being proposed to come in first with the iMac, there is nothing to say that they will not then push the technology down towards the iPhone."

Other Features

Siri, Apple's personal assistant, is also said to be getting an upgrade when a new iOS rolls out, iphone8specs.com claimed. Instead of functioning only as a voice, Siri could have its own face which could be modified by the user.

The future iPhone could also have the waterproof feature brought upon by a patent awarded to Apple that focuses on keeping moisture away from a device. However, Apple is said to focus "on the inner components" of the smartphone instead of the external body, the news outlet added.

Release Date

Following Apple's usual pattern in releasing its products, Business Korea's industry insider claimed that the curved iPhone 8 will be released in 2018.

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