The iPhone 8 (iPhone Edition) will be launching shortly. Today I got my hands on the most comprehensive prototype I’ve seen. This iPhone 8 prototype includes a visual representation of the eventual screen to body ratio. This iPhone 8 prototype features a 5.8-inch screen in a very slender body which is not much bigger than the standard iPhone 7. When compared to the iPhone 7 Plus the design of the iPhone 8 prototype is even more impressive. The 7 Plus is a huge device but only features a 5.5-inch display. The closest comparison that can be made is the iPhone 8 vs Galaxy S8. The Samsung is the only other phone in my possession with a similar screen size and screen to body ratio. There is no headphone jack present on this iPhone 8 prototype. Current speculation (supported by this iPhone 8 model) seems to indicate the lack of TouchID as well (fingerprint scanner). Instead Apple may opt for a facial recognition unlock system similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
The iPhone 8 (iPhone Edition) represents a very important device for Apple. In a market where smartphone prices are dropping rapidly companies like Apple and Samsung have to work much harder to convince customers that their products are worth the cost premium. Some will say that Apple has copied Samsung in the design of the iPhone but I think the race for maximum screen to body ratio was inevitable for smartphone manufacturers. Current speculation puts this iPhone 8 design at the top in those terms. Apparently, there is no other phone currently available that features this much screen in a body this size. Of course there are other features Apple will add to the iPhone 8. Wireless charging is expected to be present. The dual-lens camera will also be there (no longer a plus model only feature). Also, the power switch has been elongated on this iPhone 8 model making it easier to reach for a wider variety of users.
So here’s the question for you… Will you be upgrading to the iPhone 8 (iPhone Edition). Is the new display enough to convince you to do so? For Android users, will these developments with the new iPhone convince you to jump ship to iOS? Will you bother buying a new smartphone in 2017... 2018? Let me know in the comments below.
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