All new iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, the best iPhones yet





The 2017 iPhone event is less than three months away and rumours regarding Apple's next generations of iPhones have ramped up considerably. Apple is expected to release three new iPhones for the first time in the smartphone's history - updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the form of the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus and the tenth anniversary iPhone 8 which is expected to be the best iPhone Apple has ever released.

When Steve Jobs was at the helm, iPhone leaks were a rare occurrence and launch events actually held some significance. Nowadays almost every little detail about an iPhone gets leaked months before its launch and the same is true for the iPhone 8 and its less important cousins.

The iPhone 7s And iPhone 7s Plus are expected to be evolutionary updates to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, with improved hardware and software. Apple is expected to go all out with the iPhone 8 or the tenth anniversary iPhone - it is expected to come with a bezel-less design, an OLED display, a new fingerprint sensor technology, 3D facial recognition and much more.

While the iPhone 8 is likely to get much of the love as it is an extremely important device for Apple, the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are also expected to feature a host of new features, updated internals and new cameras along with tweaks to the now four year old iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus design. Here is everything you need to know about Apple's next generation of iPhones:

iPhone 7s/iPhone 7s Plus

The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, much like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to come with a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display respectively. Unlike the iPhone 8, which is expected to come with an OLED display, the two smartphones are expected to stick to an IPS LCD panel.

On the design front, the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s will look much like the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on the front. When it comes to the back however, Apple is expected to make a change in order to incorporate what could turn out to be the biggest feature of these two models - wireless charging. The back of the two smartphones is expected to be made out of glass which will be paired to an aluminium frame.

The glass back will not only help distinguish the 7s and 7s Plus from last years models but is also a pre-requisite for the wireless charging feature to function - wireless charging cannot work with a metal back. Apple is expected to stick to the 'Qi' (WPC) wireless charging standard - the one adopted by Samsung and other Android manufacturers. This involves setting the smartphone on a wireless charging pad in order to charge it. Apple is expected to sell the charging pad separately.

The iPhone 7s And iPhone 7s Plus are expected to be evolutionary updates, with wireless charging being the primary feature. The iPhone 8 is expected to come with a bezel-less design, an OLED display, 3D facial recognition, an in-screen fingerprint scanner and much more

The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are also likely to come with updated cameras. The rear camera is expected to come with '3D sensing' capabilities. The dual cameras on the 7s Plus are expected to get a boost - Apple is expected to improve the quality of the telephoto lens.


Additionally, the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are expected to come in only two storage configurations - 64GB and 256GB. The two smartphones will come with a lightning port for charging and audio (no USB C and 3.5m jack sadly) but there will be a USB-Type C power delivery circuit on board for fast charging.

Lastly, the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will come with updated internals. Both smartphones will most likely be powered by the A11 chip which will reportedly use a 10nm manufacturing process (as used already by the Snapdragon 835). The two phones are expected to come with either 2 or 3 GB of RAM according to varying reports.

iPhone 8: The tenth anniversary iPhone

While the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus already sound like comprehensive updates over the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone 8 is set to be the biggest update to the iPhone yet. In order to commemorate the iPhone's tenth anniversary, Apple seems to be leaving no stone unturned in making sure this is the best iPhone they have ever made.


The iPhone 8 has been the most anticipated and the most leaked smartphone of the year with renders, mockups and rumours flying all over the place. Here is a roundup of all that we know so far:

Radical bezel-less design

The iPhone 8 is said to come with a radical bezel-less design with slight hints of the original iPhone. It will come with a 'notch' at the top like the one found on Google co-creator Andy Rubin's Essential-PH1 smartphone. The notch will house the front camera and the proximity and ambient light sensors.

The iPhone 8 will come with an all glass front and back sandwiched between a polished stainless steel mid frame. At the back there is likely to be a vertical dual camera setup and Apple is widely expected to ditch the iconic home button up front in order to incorporate the edge-to-edge display.

Edge-to-edge OLED display

The iPhone 8 is expected to come with an edge-to-edge 5.8-inch OLED display in a body the size of a 4.7-inch iPhone 7. The iPhone 8 will feature the highest screen to body ratio of any smartphone in the market thanks to its virtual home button and the 'notch' at the top of the screen.


The iPhone 8 will be the first iPhone to come with an OLED display - all past iPhones have made do with IPS LCD panels. Apple is also expected to carry forward the True Tone technology seen in the iPad Pro to the iPhone 8. The TrueTone display changes its color temperature and hue depending on the surroundings in order to reduce eye strain.

Fingerprint sensor underneath the display?

As Apple is remocing the iconic physical home button from the front of the iPhone 8, they have to relocate the Touch ID (fingerprint) sensor as well. The location of the fingerprint sensor is one of the biggest mysteries pertaining to the iPhone 8. While it has been widely speculated that Apple is set to introduce a new technology with the iPhone 8 and embed the fingerprint sensor underneath the display - there have been many discouraging reports.

There have been many reports claiming that Apple has been facing issues in ramping up yield rates of the new sensor. Recently, KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kou has claimed that the iPhone 8 will not come with a fingerprint sensor underneath the display.. Additionally, a report claims that Qualcomm's in-screen fingerprint technology is not close to shipping and Apple will have to severely delay or abandon their plans to implement the Touch ID sensor underneath the iPhone 8's display.

Updated cameras, AR features

The cameras on the iPhone 8 are expected to get a comprehensive update. While the iPhone 7 Plus's dual camera was appreciated, it was recognised that the telephoto lens was markedly inferior to the primary lens. Apple is set to fix that with the iPhone 8.
Additionally, Apple is expected to include '3D sensing' capabilities in the iPhone 8's rear as well as front camera module. The front camera's 3D depth sensing' capabilities will help it with facial recognition and allow it to take 'improved' selfies. The rear camera is also likely to come with AR and depth of the field features.

3D face recognition

A report by Bloomberg claims that the iPhone 8 will come with 3D facial recognition - a feature that will let users unlock their iPhone with their face instead of their fingerprint. KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kou claims that Apple might actually be thinking of removing the fingerprint sensor completely in favour of 3D facial recognition because of troubles in implementing it underneath the display.


The face scanning system is powered by a new 3-D sensor that is still in development and can supposedly unlock the iPhone 8 in just a few hundred milliseconds. The report says that Apple might also be developing an eye scanning system to work alongside the 3D sensor. This ties in well with the iris scanner rumour mentioned below.

The 3D scanner on the iPhone 8 is designed to work even when the device is laying flat on a table - the smartphone does not need to be held close to the eyes (unlike the Samsung Galaxy S8). It also has 3-D depth perception because of which it cannot be fooled by 2-D pictures.

Iris scanner

Just like the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S8 and the ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the iPhone 8 is also expected to come with an iris scanner which will allow the smartphone to be unlocked with your eyes. It will be interesting to see whether Apple allows the iris scanner to be used in conjunction with their digital payments system - Apple Pay.

Other features

The iPhone 8 is set to come with improved stereo speakers, better waterproofing (IP68 vs IP67 of the iPhone 7), an updated 3D Touch module and a smart connector for accessories such as VR/AR headsets. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kou the iPhone 8 will be offered in fewer colors than the rest of the iPhone line-up in order to maintain a 'boutique' branding.
Just like the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, the iPhone 8 will also be powered by the Apple A11 processor - which will be more powerful than even the Apple A10 Fusion chipset found on the latest iPad. The iPhone 8 will also come in only two storage options - 64 and 256GB and will come with a lightning port for charging and audio and a USB-Type C power delivery circuit for fast charging.
Via Indiatoday