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What the iPhone 8 Will Be Like

As analysts, Wall Street and consumers struggle to guess the features and price of the new Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), a few press outlets believe they have captured the features of the iPhone 8. Because of Apple’s dilemmas of constant advances in technology from Samsung and other Android based phone-makers, Apple cannot wait another year or more to introduce an iPhone 8, no matter how revolutionary the product may be.

Apple’s shares have been rocked by mediocre earnings. Sales in China, which Apple’s management claims are essential to its success according to its management, have faltered. By some estimates, its market share in the world’s most populous nation has fallen to fifth place. The iPhone 7 is supposed to help Apple sell 70 million units during the holiday season. Anything shy of that likely would collapse Apple shares.

There is a chance that Apple’s recovery gamble will be pushed out in time until it releases its iPhone 8. The following are some forecasts of sales, and descriptions of features.

BRG writes:

Apple of course isn’t getting rid of the iPhone’s tried and true home button for no good reason. Reports of an embedded home button dovetail nicely with previous claims that the iPhone 8 will feature an edge to edge display. What’s more, there are also rumblings that Apple with the iPhone 8 will introduce a third iPhone model with a curved OLED display. At this point, though, it remains unclear if every iPhone 8 model will be graced with an edgeless display or if it will be a feature reserved solely for what will presumably be a Pro model.

According to MacRumors:

2017 will mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and Apple has something major planned to celebrate the occasion. We’re more than a year away from the launch of the iPhone 8, but because of Apple’s ambitious plans for the device, there are already an abundance of rumors hinting at the impressive features coming in the 2017 iPhone.

Rumors suggest it’s going to be a radical redesign, with an edge-to-edge display that does away with the top and bottom bezels where features like the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the front-facing camera are housed. Instead, Touch ID and the camera may be built directly into the display, meaning there will be no Home button. Jony Ive has wanted to introduce an iPhone that looks like a single sheet of glass for several years, and 2017 may be the year that it’s possible.

Ive is Apple’s long-time design chief and an old “partner” with Steve Jobs.

No matter how compelling the iPhone 8 rumors are, if the smartphone is over a year away, buyers may leave for products from Samsung. Apple is unlikely to get them back.