Apple is expected to announce a new design for at least one of its iPhones for 2017. While the details on the naming of the device codenamed D22 are sketchy it could be called the iPhone 8, iPhone Pro, or perhaps the
iPhone X if it is named after the Apple smartphones 10th anniversary a leak from Apple of the HomePod software revealed much about its design and features.
The biggest change is a
new all-screen design, similar to that produced by Samsung for the Galaxy S8 and Note 8, and LG for the G6 and V30. Apple is expected to do away with the traditional home button on the front, with the screen extending to the edges at the top, bottom and sides of the device, with much slimmer bezels.
The top of the device is expected to have a cutout in the screen for the earpiece speaker, selfie camera and sensors, similar to that of Android-founder Andy Rubins Essential Phone.
Lacking a home button on the front of the iPhone also means no Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the front. While Apple was hoping, like Samsung, to have an under-screen fingerprint scanner, neither company appears to have been able to get the technology to work for this generation. It is unlikely the iPhone 8 will have such an advancement.
Instead, Apple is expected to rely on
infrared facial recognition as its primary biometric system for the iPhone 8, which will be capable of recognising a user, unlocking the device and authenticating payments. Leaks also point to the phone being able to tell when a user is looking at it and automatically silencing notifications.
Samsungs smart stay system uses a front-facing camera to tell when a user is looking at their smartphone to keep the screen lit when actively being used but not touched.
Apple is also expected to integrate more advanced systems for its camera, including augmented reality and further enhancement of its computation photography system, which combines the images from multiple cameras on the back into one photo.
The new iPhone may also include wireless charging for the first time, a feature common on rivals from Samsung and others that allows users to charge their smartphones inductively on small plates or mats, which can be built into furniture.
Revised versions of 2016s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus could also be announced. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian
Alongside the new iPhone 8, Apple is also expected to update
its iPhone 7 line of devices, possibly called the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, in line with previous iterations of the iPhone.
These updates, if they happen, are expected be minor improvements, with some new features given by software updates.
A revised version of the Apple Watch is also expected. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters
Apples smartwatch, the Apple Watch, is also expected to receive updates. Rumours suggest that a new version of the
Apple Watch could include 4G cellular connectivity, making it capable of accessing the internet without being connected to an iPhone or wifi.
The Apple Watch is the current market leader of smartwatches, which as a category is starting to eat into traditional wearables such as basic fitness trackers, according to the latest data from analysts IDC. Shipments of the Apple Watch were up nearly 50% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2017 with 3.4m units, giving Apple a 13% share of the total wearables market.
4K Apple TV
Apple could release a 4K version of its Apple TV streaming box. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian
According to several reports, the company could also upgrade its
Apple TV smart TV box to support 4K video and HDR, the two new technologies currently permeating the television market.
The Apple TV was last updated in 2015 adding
support for the App Store and a new touch-controlled remote.