IIRC they wanted this phone to be out last year as the 7, and a traditional 7S for this year with some kind of special anniversary model. It wasnt ready so the 7 was made as a kind of stopgap. I could be talking out of my ass but I remember reading that around this time last year.
The thing about going for "iPhone 8" now: will they have a similarly designed 8S next year, or does this signal they are bucking the old naming conventions? You think Apple will release another pair of phones with huge foreheads and chins in 2018, when all competition will certainly have adopted thin or no-bezel displays?
so y'all are distracted by the emoji--the TrueTone stuff is extremely interesting to me.
So they're trying to pitch this screen as just as high quality as the past iPhone displays, if not higher quality because of the TrueTone optimization. Here's the thing, though, it's an LG OLED. LG hasn't made very many phone-sized OLEDs; they made a few for the LG G Flex and LG G Flex 2 that were reportedly very low quality. Now that they're producing more for the iPhone, they're also putting them in the new LG V30, their upcoming flagship. Here's the thing though, they're still shit quality:
The left is a LG V30 trying to display a solid gray picture; the right is a Galaxy S8 displaying the same photo. You can right off the bat see a few things: LG's phone is uneven, you can see the banding and "texture" that people noticed on the LG G Flexes, and for its part you can see the red display issue on the S8 (where S8s skew red instead of being completely calibrated like past Samsungs were). You can also see a little bit of unevenness on the Samsung, but it's very slight and not completely noticeable.
So the question becomes: did LG manage to produce OLEDs that are good enough, but all of them went to Apple so LG had to make do with the dregs for their own phone? Or are all LG OLEDs like this and Apple just said "fuck it" because Apple needed OLEDs and they didn't want to crawl over to Samsung? I think this will be very interesting to look at once the phone is revealed.
Amid the leaked release of the golden master of iOS 11 last night, developers Steve Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo shared a few interesting tidbits about how the split status bar on the OLED "iPhone X" will work (via 9to5Mac). Falling in line with previous rumors, the iPhone X's status bar will show the time of day on the left of the "notch" and cellular signal strength, Wi-Fi, and battery will be located on the right.
These "ears" of the iPhone X will also be animated in a few ways -- when you plug the device into a power source to charge it, the battery icon grows slightly larger (lower right image) to indicate a successful connection and then minimizes back to its original size. Rambo shared a video of this animated icon in action on his Twitter account.
The breadcrumb trail icon is also staying on the iPhone X, but now it'll reside just below the time, linking you back to the most recently used app with one tap.
There's usually graphics of what you've got connected to your iPhone. Like when you pull down the trey that shows the iPhone's battery, and if you have AirPods or an Apple Watch it also shows them and their battery level too. Apple likes attention to detail so they make images for every variation of their products so when you connect them to iTunes or pair them to your iPhone, you see YOUR thing there, not just a generic image.