Apple iPhone 8: Company Working On New AR Features, 'Water Drop Design’ & Curves Expected [VIDEO]

21 March 2017, 6:15 am EDT By Vinay Patel Mobile & Apps

Tech buffs have been restlessly waiting to get their hands on the upcoming iPhone 8. The hype surrounding Apple's next-generation flagship is mainly because 2017 marks 10 years since Steve Jobs first introduced the iconic device. Thus, the next iPhone is expected to boast an array of jaw-droppings specs when it arrives later this year.

It's no secret that Apple is hard at works on AR (augmented reality) initiatives for its upcoming device, which encompasses the next iPhone, mixed reality glasses and more. A recently surfaced Bloomberg report has rounded up all the rumors surrounding the merging of Apple and AR, while at the same time throwing more light on some undiscovered facets of the company's AR project.

There's hearsay that Apple has employed hundreds of people who are leaving no stone unturned in the bid to bringing AR into the mainstream. According to people who are well acquainted with Apple's plans, the team comprises hardware and software experts as well as some new inclusion within the company.

Spearheaded by Mike Rockwell, who came from Dolby, the team includes Yury Petrov, who worked with Oculus, Avi Bar-Zeev, who was formerly with HoloLens, Cody White, who was part of the team that worked on Amazon's VR project dubbed, "Lumberyard," and more.

Aside from that, Apple has even hired experts from Weta Digital, a 3D animation company, which worked on films such as "The Lord of the Rings" and "Avatar." This team of highly skilled individuals, along with AR backer Tim Cook, deem the new technology as part of its course of action to lead the next generation of ingenious devices by the nose and keep gadget freaks glued to its ecosystem.

Meanwhile, a report from Korea's ET News (via 9to5Mac) seems to give insight about the iPhone 8's cosmetic appearance. According to the report, Apple's next generation iPhone would boast a 'water drop design' coupled with curves identical to the first iPhone, which debuted 10 years ago.

Rumors are rife about the iPhone 8 sporting curved glass on both sides. This is a major deviation from previously reported all-glass front and back, similar to the flat iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

Apple's next iPhone is likely to sport 'water drop design,' combining the rear side of design with curved emphasis, just like the original iPhone. With the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone's first appearance around the corner, it also gives a peek at the character of 'Omaju' for the initial works.

The iPhone 8's rear case will most likely be made of glass, according to an industry official. This glass case will feature a curved wall fenced in by four sides.

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