Apple iPhone will be celebrating its tenth anniversary on September 12 by launching what many believe to be the iPhone 8 or the anniversary edition along with iterative ‘S’ updates to the iPhone 7. Apple’s naming convention is something that no one is able to guess yet but just for the sake of it, we will be calling the anniversary edition of the iPhone as iPhone Edition further up in this piece. Apple focuses on a two-year refresh cycle and rightly so, comes with a newly designed iPhone every two years. The iPhone anniversary which, for a company of this magnitude, is a really big occasion, falls in the second year of the cycle. Since its launch almost a decade ago, the iPhone was said to be a revolutionary product. Steve Jobs himself said that with the iPhone “Apple is going to reinvent the phone.” With iPhone Edition, we expect that many features on it would only be perfected till the next year. The rumour mill has been churning out details, specs, images and renders of the purported iPhone Edition. Many have been corroborated by insiders and experts on the subject but it is still a speculation at the end of the day. Will Apple launch an iPhone Edition at all? We’ll get the answer to that on September 12 but till then here’s how the much awaited iPhone Edition could be like.

Design

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Design
Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the best Apple experts on the planet wrote that Apple would release three iPhone models, one with OLED display and two others with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch TFT-LCD displays. Bloomberg has also, on numerous occasions corroborated Kuo’s claims about Apple launching three iPhones. The iPhone Edition will carry on the basic design language but there are a number of changes Apple has done to make it stand out from the 7S and 7S Plus.

According to most leaked renders, images and mockups, the iPhone Edition will feature minimal bezels with the display extending up till the edge. A glyph from the company's HomePod smart speaker firmware confirms the same and later a picture from leak-expert Evan Blass showing an iPhone encased goes along the same lines. Now many think that Apple will eliminate the need to use Touch ID because there is no space left for it after they extend the display. Qualcomm has only recently made public, technology that uses infrared to scan fingerprint through layers of objects and so Apple might not be able to put it underneath the display. What they could do is to place the fingerprint sensor on the back, but that just doesn’t seem likely to be Apple. A subtle way to do this would be to integrate the fingerprint sensor with the Apple logo. Another way the company may have gone around the problem would be to outfit the power button with a fingerprint sensor.

Most of the other information that has come to light about this issue indicates that Apple will be ditching the Touch ID altogether for a 3D face recognition module that will also use infrared for accurate recognition.

On the rear, the leaked renders and images of iPhone Edition point to the vertical placement of the dual cameras instead of horizontal which has met with some flak from iPhone fans.

A picture posted on Weibo also shows the iPhone Edition in a new, copper gold colour.

Hardware and Software

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Hardware and Software
It's a no brainer that Apple will be introducing a new A11 chipset which will go into the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus as well. Apple’s A-series of processors are on par with all the other chipsets available in the market that power Android smartphones and as such performance on the iPhones will not be an issue, like always.

All the iPhones will run on the recently announced iOS 11. A patent filed by Apple itself establishes the fact that future iPhones would support Apple Pencil. This might make it to the iPhone Editon which will make it the first non-iPad device to do so.

Camera

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Camera
While nothing credible has been revealed about the cameras on the iPhone Edition, we believe Apple would make some upgrades that would improve the performance of the cameras. Additionally, MacRumours wrote that cameras in the new iPhones will be able to record in 4K at 60 frames per second.

Battery

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Battery
More information obtained from HomePod’s firmware indicate that the iPhone Edition will support fast charging along with wireless charging, which will be a first for Apple. A report by The Wall Street Journal also indicates that the iPhone Edition would come with a USB-C port.

Price

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Price
Recent reports citing UBS analysts say that the iPhone Edition would be launched in storage variants of 64GB and 256GB and will be priced at $900 and $999 respectively. Earlier, some reports surrounding the prices of iPhone Edition claimed that Apple would offer it in three storage options, $999 for the 64GB variant, $1,099 for 256GB option and $1,199 for the 512GB version.