As technology changes at a rapid pace, so will the devices that we use. This leads us to the widely talked about, and possibly soon to be released (in 2017) iPhone 8. So, why should you care about this latest iPhone?

Isn’t your iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, SE, or 7 just fine? 

The short answer is yes your current iPhone is just fine and even when Apple releases their next iPhone yours will still be relevant. However, if you're a photographer, cinephile, or you love mobile gaming there is a case to be made for upgrading. The best reason I’ve seen (it’s still a rumor that the iPhone 8 is coming out) is that it will quite possibly be the first smartphone to have Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLED)[1]. 

What are OLEDs and why should you care?

Well, OLED means that the way a light-emitting diode lights up is more efficient[2][3](think of your new holiday lights or the red light that’s on your TV remote). The science is very interesting (look at reference # 2 and 3), but it suffices to say that the image quality of OLEDs are better than regular LEDs (like your TV or current iPhone screen); They're smaller (meaning Apple can make the phone thinner or fit more stuff into it), more flexible (think curved displays), more durable, and use less power. In addition, the new iPhone 8 is rumored to take this OLED technology to the extreme by making it go edge-to-edge [4] which will have to wipe out the Home button to make it one smooth solid piece of glass [4]. 

So the iPhone 8 will be one big screen? 

Yep, that appears to be the prevailing rumor[4]. All of this change isn't bad though, because as Apple pushes the envelope with its new products, this just means that you’ll have additional screen real estate, brighter pictures, crisper movies, and more vibrant games to be awed by.

Get ready for the future, because it’s nearly here.

 

 

References

1) "Apple to reportedly use 3 Korean Flexible Printed Circuit Board Suppliers for iPhone 8 and Shift all iPhones to OLED in 2019." Patently Apple. N.p., 06 Mar. 2017. Web. 06 Mar. 2017.

2) Woodford, Chris. Web log post. OLEDs (Organic LEDs) and LEPs (light-emitting polymers). Http://www.explainthatstuff.com, 6 Oct. 2016. Web. 6 Mar. 2017.

3) "OLED introduction and basic OLED information." OLED introduction and basic OLED information | OLED-Info. Oled-info.com, n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2017.

4) Moren, Dan. "How different could the iPhone 8 be?" Macworld. Macworld, 03 Mar. 2017. Web. 06 Mar. 2017.

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