If it seems like just recently that the iPhone 7 was released that’s because it was. Just a couple month ago in september the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were released. The device itself wasn’t a major departure from previous designs but it did have some key new features like much appreciated water resistance. They also ditched the 3.5 mm headphone jack in favor of a slimmer design. Though that means people have to use bluetooth headphones and if they already have expensive analog/wired headphones they’ll have to fork up extra for new headphones or use the lightning port adapter. Of course if you use the adapter that means you can’t listen to music and charge the phone at the same time.
Other than those features and a healthy helping of extra power, the iPhone 7 isn’t too different from the iPhone 6. Apple didn’t even bother reporting the opening weekend sales from the iPhone 7 launch. Some speculate it’s because iPhone 6 sales broke all previous sales records and so they didn’t want to report a loss. Others believe that it just wouldn’t have been an accurate measure for Apple interest because most people who got an iPhone 6 are locked in an 18 month contract. Whatever the reason that Apple didn’t want to report their numbers, independent research has indicated that while sales were respectable, it wasn’t the record breaking numbers of the iPhone 6.
Apple isn’t too concerned with the past though. One of Apple’s most well known analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, is confident that iPhone 8 sales will topple the record holding sales record of the iPhone 6. Kuo stated that he expects the iPhone 8 to sell between 120 million and 150 million units in the second half of next year with an expected release date of mid September. The iPhone 6 sold roughly 115 million units in 2014. If Kuo’s predictions are correct, the iPhone 8’s sales will eclipse the iPhone 6 which is the current record holder for the most popular product by Apple.
Why is Kuo so confident in shattering the old record? It probably has to do with all those iPhone 6 users that have contracts up sometime next year. But if you ask someone at Apple their response is probably along the lines of their innovation. The iPhone 8 is still a mystery design wise but if you believe the rumors it will have a curved screen which means the screen might actually be bigger without making it bulkier. What we do know for sure is that it will have an OLED screen instead of the today’s IPS displays. What’s the big deal about OLED screens? They’re thinner and have richer dark colors. AMOLED screens have been used for a while in other devices but Apple promises theirs will be the highest quality. On top of being thinner OLED screens can also be turned on section by section instead of turning on the entire screen at once. This means battery life should also be better. The OLED and Plus versions of the iPhone 8 also feature a dual lens camera on the back for faster and more accurate focus.
As great as these upgrades sound, we’ve still got almost a year left before it comes out. Hopefully it will live up to the hype.