5 rumored next-gen iPhone features we’re most excited about

As Apple’s September 12th keynote event draws closer and closer, the rumors and hearsay swirling the internet regarding the company’s new phones have started to solidify. Leaked production photos have emerged, cases from manufacturers have been made public and we’re all beginning to get a (seemingly) accurate view of what these devices are going to be like. Nothing is official yet, but there are quite a few rumored features that have us excited – and have a good chance of being true.

1. Edge-to-Edge OLED Screen

Three separate devices are rumored to be revealed by Apple during next week’s keynote: the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus and a special, tenth-anniversary iPhone “Edition.” While all three devices are set to be packed with new features, the iPhone Edition is slated to boast an edge-to-edge OLED screen not unlike other smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6. In layman’s terms, not only will the iPhone Edition’s front be almost entirely made of the display (with very tiny black spaces on each side), it’ll also have a better-looking screen. OLED displays are capable of showing truer colors, more optimal viewing angles, more efficient power use and much more when compared to traditional LCD screens, like those used in previous iPhones.

2. Wireless Charging

Those who own an Apple Watch are no stranger to wireless charging. Instead of plugging in your iPhone, you’ll instead be able to lie it flat on a charging “pad” thanks to an optional purchasable accessory. Although this feature is confirmed for at least the iPhone Edition, the other two planned models – the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus – are rumored to be receiving the feature, as well.

3. Enhanced Facial Recognition

While the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are expected to keep TouchID functionality, the iPhone Edition is rumored to eliminate it entirely. All three are slated to ship with high-tech 3D facial recognition. This new security system and unlock method can recognize faces even when the phone is lying flat on its back and won’t be easily fooled by photographs. Rumor has it that Apple’s facial recognition will keep a device unlocked as long as a face is within range, will mute notifications while a user is looking at a phone and, to top it all off, is way more secure than TouchID due to the use of many more data points.

4. New Design

The three new iPhones are rumored to receive design makeovers, although there are conflicting reports about the sort of changes each will receive. The most common buzz says all three will be fitted with glass backs like the iPhone 4 before them, but other rumors say only the Edition will. Glass backing allows for the aforementioned wireless charging, which makes this rumor heavily reliant on which phones will receive that feature. The Edition is said to be built with a stainless steel frame while the 8 and 8 Plus will be supported by aluminum. In addition, only three color options are believed to be available at launch: black, silver and a copper gold, said to be officially called “Blush Gold.”

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5. Improved Cameras

If past incarnations of the iPhone are anything to go by, it’s safe to say the three new models will receive some upgrades to their front and rear cameras. Rumors suggest both cameras on the 8, 8 Plus and Edition may support 4K video recording at 60 frames per second, as well as a number of pre-set “SmartCamera” features. Code leaks indicate that the camera app on these new phones will be able to automatically detect different types of “scenes” – including “Fireworks,” “Foliage,” “BrightStage,” and “Sunset/Sunrise,” to name a few – and adjust exposure, shutter speed and other settings to capture the ideal photograph.

What rumored next-gen iPhone feature has piqued your interest? Let us know in the comments below!

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