Killer iPhone 8 Features Confirmed, Plus Big Surprise

The tenth-anniversary iPhone 8 simply won't wow unless it boasts the radical redesign shoppers have been clamoring for, along with new features that weren't possible before.

Yes, the upcoming A11 processor looks pretty darn fast, and it's nice that we'll probably finally get wireless charging, but what is going to compel iPhone fans perfectly happy with their handsets to upgrade?iPhone 8 concept. Credit: Martin HajekiPhone 8 concept. Credit: Martin Hajek

Patently Apple has unearthed a slew of patents awarded to Apple related to the iPhone and a new feature that could turn the iPhone 8 (or another future iPhone) into a Kinect-like device.

The first key patent relates to an edge-to-edge display, which would finally get rid of the bulky bezels around the iPhone. This lines up with other iPhone 8 rumors and reports. The patent covers "bending one or more edges of a touch sensor panel and/or a display panel of an electronic device to reduce the non-interactive border area."

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As Patently Apple notes, this is done to enable the touch area to extend to the edge of the device while reducing the overall width. In other words, you should expect a bigger screen in a smaller area, similar to the Galaxy S8.

The second patent deals with "a finger biometric sensor carried by the touch display." Translation: you should expect to see Touch ID functionality integrated directly into the screen on the iPhone 8. There have been some reports that Apple wouldn't be able to pull this off in time, which would result in a back-mounted fingerprint sensor, but we're seeing more signs recently that integrated Touch ID is happening.

The last patent likely won't be realized in time for the iPhone 8, but it could be a very interesting application related to the 3D camera and sensors we've been hearing about. The patent covers "methods and devices for projection and capture of optical radiation," according to Patently Apple.

That's a mouthful, but the gist is that Apple could be working on a "portable Kinect-like device so that users can interact with games or exercise videos play on a computer or Apple TV."

What we don't know is whether Apple hopes to put this sort of functionality inside an iPhone, is working on a dedicated piece of hardware or is just dreaming up a concept that could be turned into a product.

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  • steelscrap
    So the killer features are:
    1. the same type of screen the Galaxy S8 already has
    2. a fingerprint sensor in the front glass instead of the back
    Wow. I can see the lines already forming.
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  • Mark Spoonauer
    Fair point. But I think you forget that many iPhone shoppers don't even look at Samsung.
    A redesign is way overdue. And if they can make logging less awkward at the same time,
    that's a win for users.
    Anonymous said:
    So the killer features are:
    1. the same type of screen the Galaxy S8 already has
    2. a fingerprint sensor in the front glass instead of the back
    Wow. I can see the lines already forming.
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  • Steve_P82
    I look at Samsung but until they can fix the crappy fragmentation of Android, overall horrible performance of Samsung phones after 1 year of use, and the overall horribleness of the Google Play Store when it comes to apps then I'll stay away from Android and Samsung!
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