Will it be called the iPhone 8, iPhone 7S, iPhone 10, iPhone X — or something else entirely?
For now, we’re calling it the iPhone 8 — but we don’t know exactly what the company will call the next iPhone. Apple sometimes takes a haphazard approach to numbering, and with the possibility of multiple new models and price points, there are several names circulating that pass the smell test.
Certainly, the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus are realistic contenders for the midcycle “S” refresh in March (if it comes). For the more significant release expected in the fall, however, anything is possible. Yes, the iPhone 8 would make sense — but Apple could always hit us with something from left field, like the iPhone 10, in a nod to the device’s 10th birthday, or even the iPhone X, in the tradition of Mac OS X (X being the Roman numeral for 10).
It could cost $1,000 or more
Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty (via Macrumors) contends that Apple will deliver a dramatically redesigned iPhone 8 with tons of new features, supporting Fast Company’s theory that the 10th anniversary edition will cost more than $1,000. It’s certainly possible — and, perhaps, likely, if the new model includes even just a few of the more dramatic rumored features. This would also pave the way for Apple to release less expensive models (i.e. the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus) in March.
Will the iPhone get wireless charging?
Lots of sources on this one. Reuters reports that there are multiple groups at Apple working on technology for an iPhone that supports wireless charging. Earlier in February, Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium — a potential harbinger. Last year, The Verge reported that Apple has been staffing up on wireless-charging experts, and the Nikkei Asian Review reported that Foxconn, one of Apple’s main manufacturing partners, was making wireless charging modules for the 2017 iPhone.