Apple is preparing to unveil the iPhone 8 later this year as it marks its 10th anniversary since the first launch back in 2007.
The iPhone has truly been a revelation in the mobile industry. Thanks to Steve Jobs and his team, the mobile industry is no longer the same. But despite being a pioneer in the smartphone world, the iOS world has somehow lagged behind when it comes to software features, especially when compared to its closest rival – Google’s Android OS.
Even though Google has shown some huge improvements in the recent past, the Mountain View Company completely lost it when it came in with a plan to replace Google Hangouts with Google Allo and Duo – two mobile-centric apps that take care of messaging and video calling services, respectively. Apple has iMessage and FaceTime – both of which are pretty good apps. However, the latter has not been getting any better at a time when there are so many apps that get the job done in a much better way – be it the previously mentioned Google Hangouts, Skype, WhatsApp and so on. But the power of FaceTime is that it comes as a built-in app, which makes it the best when it comes to hardware-software-related performance configurations.
Good news is that Apple might soon make some huge changes with the upcoming iPhone 8 – a phone that should be announced somewhere in Q3 2017. According to a new rumor, it appears that iOS 11 will be the one to introduce the group video calling feature for those who prefer using FaceTime to other third-party apps. Apparently, the iMessages app will be updated such that users will be able to launch a group call on FaceTime right from within the messaging app, but only five members at a time will be allowed.
As of now, FaceTime can only make calls between two people and if this is indeed true, many will be looking forward to meeting the new Apple iPhone 8. However, since this feature will be baked into iOS 11, it is possible that a software update will also enable the same feature on the likes of iPhone 7 and iPhone 6S, which are currently using iOS 10.
If all goes well, we should be able to know clearer details about this new iPhone 8 development at the WWDC event somewhere in June.