The Daily Mail ran a feature reporting that Apple is set to launch three versions of the iPhone 8 next year, including a new 5inch handset, it has been claimed.

The firm is expected to unveil the most radical redesign ever of its flagship handset for the iPhone’s 10th anniversary in 2017.

According to Nikkei, there will be one premium model with a curved edge-to-edge OLED display alongside two models that have standard LCD displays.

Apple is set to launch three versions of the iPhone 8 next year, including a new 5inch handset, it has been claimed.

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Wireless Charging And The iPhone 8

Forbes investigates;

How are you going to charge your iPhone 8? Although the lightning port is expected to remain, Apple’s latest iPhone is expected to have wireless charging in some form. Many have speculated that the handset would be able to be charged by radio waves if it was within 15 feet of a transmitter. Alas it looks like the iPhone 8 will be restricted to close range inductive charging. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly investigates:

In a new report market analyst Copperfield Research states the much vaunted truly wireless charging expected in the iPhone 8 will not happen. Unlike current ‘wireless’ solutions that actually require contact with a charger, the iPhone 8 was said to be able to charge when sat within 15 feet from a charger – a genuinely revolutionary advancement.

…Of course the possibility remains that RF charging could reach future iPhones at some stage. But given Apple is famously reticent to switch power technologies (the Dock Connector lasted 11 years) changing core iPhone chassis materials for inductive charging just to swap to RF charging in a year or two seems highly unlikely.

Shame. Whatfuss’s only reservation with Forbes findings is that inductive charging can render handsets super hot after use, it’s slower, more expensive and crucially, less efficient. We shall wait and see.

Siri Will Become Less Dumb

According to the Express Apple is reportedly working on an major AI upgrade for its Siri software that will make the iPhone 8 more intelligent than any of its devices. The report reminds us that Siri has been one of since it was first launched with the iPhone 4S back in 2011 with the service enjoying a number of upgrades and improvements.

Recently Apple looks to forge ahead in the battle with competing devices such as the Android-powered Google Assistant on the Google Pixel and the upcoming Google Pixel 2.

Apple opened up Siri to third-party developers earlier this year as it looked to expand the reach of its voice assistant.hey siri

This includes moving Siri on to Mac devices for the first time , where it is easily accessible from the Dock, menu bar or keyboard.

To back up the Express’s report, Digitimes.com published that Apple acquired Australia-based machine learning startup Turi in August 2016, aiming to further strengthen the functionality, as well as the market share, of its Siri intelligent personal assistant. Meanwhile, market sources have also indicated that Apple’s next-generation iPhone devices are likely to come with enhanced Siri.

Apple’s Famous Home Button Ditched?

Interestingly, the Mirror KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a track record of leaking accurate information on Apple products, has predicted that the iPhone 8 will ship without one.

In a research report, Kuo said that the biometric fingerprint sensor would also be relocated under the screen, so the front panel will appear as a single unbroken pane of glass. This new placement will…

“complement its full-screen (zero bezel) form factor design and to enhance transactions security,”

Kuo wrote in a report.

Kuo also predicts that Apple could also introduce a new facial recognition system, which would work in tandem with the fingerprint sensor for authentication.

Whatfuss.com is genuinely excited about the possibility of this feature appearing on Apple’s new device. For the first time in many years Apple could introduce a refreshing new, innovate tool on its handset.

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