It feels like just yesterday we got the iPhone 7, but the rumors about the iPhone 8 are already swirling. Technology! Who can keep up?!
Well, the answer is: Lots of people. And they have some guesses as to what computers we're gonna be carrying around in our pockets this time next year. Thrillist reached out to a variety of Apple experts, and they have some informed guesses as to what's up with the iPhone 8.
Here's what they are saying: It'll be available in three different models of varying sizes, images will "pop" better on screen, the home button is no more, and it'll feature wireless charging.
And, perhaps most fascinatingly, there are these two tidbits:
The screen will be curved:
The overwhelming majority of iPhone 8 speculators believe it will feature a massive redesign. Most notably, the screen will be "bent" on either side, much like those on the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge or Note7 (RIP). Furthermore, both the front and back sides could be covered in glass and connected via a metal frame, much like they were in the iPhone 4 and 4s models. Here's hoping the company manages to make it crack-proof this time.
And it'll have eye- and face-scanning technology:
The introduction of Touch ID on the iPhone 5s ushered in a whole new level of mobile security and convenience, but Apple plans to bump its biometrics integration up a notch or two. One rumor, prompted by a leak from a Chinese chip manufacturer, suggests the next iPhone will feature iris-scanning technology. That means you might be able to unlock your phone, or pay for stuff via Apple Pay, just by looking into a little camera on the screen. Considering Apple's also acquired a number of companies that specialize in facial recognition in recent years, some speculate it may also come equipped with face-scanning tech, which would open the door to a whole bunch of new and exciting features, and be a huge boon for the advancement of augmented reality.
That's some straight-up Mission Impossible-style shit! And I both love it and am terrified of it. Bring it on, Apple.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.