It feels like just yesterday we got the iPhone 7s, but the rumours about the iPhone 8 are already swirling. Who can keep up?
Well, the answer of course is: Lots of people, including Thrillist who reached out to a variety of Apple experts to gather up educated guesses about the device many of us will be carrying in our pockets this year.
Here's what they're are saying: It'll be available in three different models of varying sizes, images will "pop" better on screen, the home button is no more, and wireless charging will finally be a thing.
And, perhaps most fascinatingly, there are these two tidbits:
The screen will be curved:
The overwhelming majority of iPhone 8 speculators believe it will feature a massive redesign. Most notably, the screen will be "bent" on either side, much like those on the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge or Note7 (RIP). Furthermore, both the front and back sides could be covered in glass and connected via a metal frame, much like they were in the iPhone 4 and 4s models. Here's hoping the company manages to make it crack-proof this time.
And, it'll have eye- and face-scanning technology:
The introduction of Touch ID on the iPhone 5s ushered in a whole new level of mobile security and convenience, but Apple plans to bump its biometrics integration up a notch or two. One rumour, prompted by a leak from a Chinese chip manufacturer, suggests the next iPhone will feature iris-scanning technology. That means you might be able to unlock your phone, or pay for stuff via Apple Pay, just by looking into a little camera on the screen. Considering Apple's also acquired a number of companies that specialise in facial recognition in recent years, some speculate it may also come equipped with face-scanning tech, which would open the door to a whole bunch of new and exciting features and be a huge boon for the advancement of augmented reality.
Apple have been coasting for a while now, but if the above is true the future may well be in their hands again.