#iPhone8 #Apple – iPhone 8 release date, specs, features, rumors : With the iPhone 7 already in the can, Apple is making big plans for the next generation iPhone 8. The 2017 iPhone release will mark the tenth anniversary of the iconic smartphone range, and it is expected that the consumer electronics giant will have something special up its sleeve to acknowledge this landmark.
The latest news on the iPhone 8 comes from Israel, where reports have outlined some of the hardware that the Californian corporation may choose to include in this important smartphone release.
An unnamed employee at an Apple site in Herzliya, Israel has provided these latest leaks, and they are certainly interesting and worthy of note, considering that the hardware for the iPhone 8 is being developed in the Middle Eastern nation.
Reports from Israel indicate that the iPhone 8 will feature a completely different appearance to recent iPhone releases, and will also be fitted with superior cameras. This would imply an outstanding photographic capability, as the existing iPhone 7 was already considered an improvement in this department.
It is particularly suggested that the iPhone 8 will be cased in curved glass made from Liquidmetal (a brandname for a technology developed by a California Institute of Technology research team), creating an entirely new visage for the world’s most popular handset.
Artist Martin Hajek had already created a prototype concept image of this nature ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6, but it seems that these rumors could finally come to fruition with the release of the iPhone 8.
Apple has indeed already filed a patent, back in 2013, for a curved glass phone case constructed from Liquidmetal. Of course, this does not necessarily mean that it will see the light of day in the iPhone 8 generation – Apple has any number of patents that it has yet to put into practice.
But it does seem likely that Apple has been planning to include this technology in the iPhone range for some time, and the landmark nature of this iPhone 8 release may tempt the Cupertino-based company to finally unveil it.
Liquidmetal comprises a mixture of titanium, nickel, copper and zirconium among other metals, ensuring that any product instructed via this technique is particularly scratch resistant.
Constructing the iPhone 8 from the Liquidmetal would ensure that it is robust, while the substance is also relatively light considering its toughness. Liquidmetal also has the property of a feeling as smooth as glass, potentially bringing a whole new feel to the iPhone range.