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Something Old

The 'iPhone 8': Something Old, New and Borrowed

Apple Rumors
August 22, 2017

Remember the saying, “something old, something new, and something borrowed”? It appears that Apple does too.

The so-called “iPhone 8” is expected to be announced in just a few days. Until then, speculation and commentary about Apple’s next flagship device are almost certainly going to continue. Case in point is a brilliant new piece from Bloomberg.

Rather than just listing the iPhone 8 features likely to arrive, Bloomberg looks at their origins in the smartphone industry as a whole.

For example, it notes that the stainless steel edges and glass front/back expected on the next iPhone were first introduced on the iPhone 4 in 2010. Conversely, the device’s inductive charging capabilities were originally seen on products from Motorola, Palm, Samsung, and Sony.

As Bloomberg explains:

The new iPhone won’t be a case-study of innovation, more a matter of perfecting features that are already out there in rival devices. Time and again, Apple has followed this “best, not first” philosophy, seizing on technologies and features bungled by rivals and implementing them well enough to spur widespread adoption.

Well said, no?

The 5.8-inch iPhone 8 could be announced as early as Wednesday, Sept. 6, alongside the 4.7-inch “iPhone 7s” and 5.5-inch “iPhone 7s Plus.”

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