Competition among newspapers, television and radio station news outlets was once intense, made even more so in the digital age where any website anywhere can one up another either through a scoop or totally made up news. So it is with an article by Eric Jhonsa that I read on The Street website which purports to bring to a list all the wonderful goodness and unverifiable rumors about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8. You know, the iPhone we won’t see until this time next year.
Three pages, plenty of advertisements, and a few paragraphs on each page highlight what everyone supposedly in-the-know knows about iPhone 8, or whatever they’re making up about what they want or expect or imagine we will see in iPhone 8.
I have a problem with that. Can I not just enjoy my new iPhone 7 for a few more months until anyone starts talking about iPhone 8 and how it will changed the smartphone world? There ought to be a law that media outlets cannot talk about a new product until the year of the product’s announcement has started.
Of course, that won’t happen what with free speech and all, and the perfect example is Christmas decorations mixed with Halloween decorations in October. Thanksgiving has been relegated to the meal people eat before shopping for one-day-only bargains before and on Black Friday.
What’s coming in iPhone 8 that will leave you disappointed while using your new iPhone 7 for another year?
Three models. A 4.7-inch at the low end, a 5-inch mid-range phone, and a larger 5.8-inch iPhone. Just as the iPhone 7 Plus received the dual cameras, the iPhone 8 Plus will get an OLED display, but not other models. Supposedly…
OLED panels can deliver better color saturation, greater contrast (deeper blacks) and wider viewing angles than LCDs. And since they don’t need backlighting, they can also be thinner and less power-hungry.
Sounds great, right? Except my current iPhone 7’s screen is ranked as “visually indistinguishable from perfect” by those who test such things, so that must mean iPhone 8’s screen will be better than perfect.
Pundits who claim to know what mere mortals do not say iPhone 8 will be glass and not aluminum. That’s al-u-minium to Apple design chief Jonny Ive. How will he pronounce glass? There could be over-the-air wireless charging, and edge-to-edge display, and no Home button at all thanks to Touch ID being built into the display itself.
Regardless of all the guesstimates we can be sure the cameras will be improved, there’s likely to be a faster CPU/GPU inside, more features in iOS 11 borrowed from Android Nougat; features that few people have ever used (Nougat’s market penetration stands at about 1-percent while iOS 10, introduced at about the same time, is approaching 70-percent).
All of this is well and good but I would prefer to enjoy the iPhone 7 for a few more months without wondering what will show up in next year’s iPhone that I cannot enjoy this year because the space time continuum requires me to, you know, physically wait for the future to arrive.