This WSJ iPhone 8 Rumor Is Absolutely Insane

Janie Parker
March 1, 2017

According to the paper, Apple will dump LCD display panels in its new flagship iPhone and instead utilize a flexible OLED display. Apple doesn't really care what connector you use on your other, non-Apple devices, because in Apple-land, there are no other non-Apple devices.

It should be noted that these are only rumors and Apple has refused to confirm any of the details surrounding the upcoming iPhone 8. This would be a huge reversal for Apple, which usually prefers to use its own connectors in order to keep users locked into an ecosystem of Apple-approved accessories.

It's potentially a bold strategy for sure, perhaps indicating that Apple wants to create a separate "iPhone Pro" line.

This tidbit of information is rather vague and could actually indicate that USB-C might not necessarily be used on the iPhone, but at the other end of the iPhone cable. USB-C can do everything Lightning can do and then some, and my experience with USB-C cables and connectors so far (Apple's included) has been that they are slightly larger but also sturdier than the Lightning versions. That's a long shot, because well, why would Apple ditch Lightning in favour of something so very universal. The Cupertino tech giant is putting a lot of efforts to make its new accessories popular, including AirPods, Apple Pencil and BeatsX headphones.

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The iPhone 8 is expected to cost north of $1,000 (or approx Rs 67,000) and it will drop the traditional home button, and replace it with a touch-enabled area near the bottom of the screen. Apple itself also even introduced it in its MacBook series. And the high-speed data transfer capabilities provided by USB-C would allow Apple devices to work together better than ever.

Barclays managing director Blayne Curtis told MacRumors that he expects the iPhone 8 to keep its Lightning connector, while he believes that Apple will sell a Lightning to USB-C adapter in European countries to adhere to the European Commission's "one mobile phone charger for all" campaign. The controversy surrounding the elimination of the port - which has been used on all Apple iOS devices since 2012 - could negatively impact that launch.

Another new feature in the iPhone 8 is rumored to be 3D sensing for augmented reality, known as AR, and facial-recognition applications.

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