iPhone 8 Specs, Features, News & Update: Imagination’s new GPU & Curved Plastic Screen
As 2016 comes to end, Rumors continue to spark about Apple’s iPhone 8, one of the world’s most highly anticipated smartphones. It is predicted to come with a wide range of mind-blowing features on the eve of celebrating the iPhone’s 10th anniversary. Rumors are circulating that the iPhone 8 comes with a curved plastic screen in a new color.
According to a report by Korea Herald, the iPhone 8 may get a new, plastic screen which differs from the previous iPhones. The publication’s sources claim that Apple placed orders for curved plastic screens. This strongly supports one of the iPhone 8 rumors that it will have a curved display like the Samsung Galaxy. It is also suspected that iPhone 8 will be added to the Smartphone’s roster of colors including rose gold, space gray, gold, and black.
Other iPhone 8 rumors claim that it would have a wider screen display because it would remove the physical home button.In relation to this, Korea Herald further claims that sensing technology would be located on the device’s sides.This goes with previous reports of the iPhone 8’s wider display due to the loss of bezels and a home button. According to Macworld, these reports mean the iPhone 8 fingerprint scanner must go elsewhere. If the sides of the iPhone 8 integrate sensing technology, then a user just needs to pick up the iPhone 8 for it to open and respond. There would be no need to ‘unlock’ the phone.
The iPhone 8 release date is expected to follow the trend seen in previous years which marks a September launch although its actual anniversary is on June 29.
Imagination’s new GPU For Apple iPhone 8 graphics:
Imagination will release the Series8XT family of GPUs, which could provide the underlying technology for graphics in the iPhone 8. Analyst firm Linley Group said the iPhone 7 GPU is the fastest among all mobile processors when operating at peak speed. The Series8XT will be even faster, and perhaps more power efficient.
Imagination didn’t provide further details on the 8XT or a specific release date and did not say if the GPU would be in the iPhone 8. But Apple has used PowerVR in every iPhone to date, and recently started tuning the architecture to work better with its mobile devices. Imagination designs GPUs and licenses it to companies like Apple and Intel. Apple is also a minority shareholder in Imagination.
The high-end 8XT architecture is a “technology generator” and will host many new GPU features developed by Imagination, said Graham Deacon, senior director of business operations for PowerVR at Imagination. Imagination will focus on putting more performance in 8XT, Deacon said.
Beyond smartphones, the company’s GPUs also are used in set-top boxes, TVs and other devices requiring graphics power or focusing on visual computing. Imagination this year released the 8XE GPU, which was focused on the fast-growing low-end and mid-range phones market. The Series8XT will offer more performance.
Imagination’s PowerVR was once competitive in smartphones but has lost share as competition grows. ARM’s Mali GPUs based on the Bitfrost architecture are catching on strong, and Qualcomm, which is the mobile chip leader, has its own Adreno GPU. Nvidia has the best mobile GPU, but it is being targeted at automotive and machine learning applications.
There are other areas of growth for Imagination GPUs outside of smartphones, especially in automotive and set-top boxes, Deacon said. Imagination is developing many more technologies to boost graphics, and supporting vectors like image analysis add value to PowerVR GPUs.
There are also opportunities for machine learning, and PowerVR could play a big role in enabling self-driving cars. Imagination is developing algorithms and has been demonstrating neural networks running on GPU computing. Imagination is also mixing up its MIPS CPU architecture with PowerVR for drones and robots, which heavily rely on visual computing and image analysis.