There have been plenty of rumours over the past few months about what features the upcoming iPhone 8 flagship smartphone may or may not have when the device is released later this year.
From curved screens to 3D facial recognition technology, the iPhone 8 is easily one of the most anticipated smartphones of recent years, and today sees the arrival of another rumoured feature: Apple’s Smart Connector.
Apple’s magnetic Smart Connector made its debut in the 2015 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and is used to charge and connect the device to keyboards.
The Smart Connector can only be found in iPad Pros, although the iPhone 7 was expected to feature the connector due to its presence in leaked schematics.
However, it was absent from the iPhone 7’s final build and for a while it seemed that Apple had abandoned further developing the connector to focus on other areas.
The rumour of a Smart Connector for the iPhone 8 was reported by the blog The Verifier (via AppleInsider), which has also predicted a range of changes for iOS 11 including FaceTime group calling and Siri iMessage integration.
In regards to the iPhone 8’s Smart Connector, the blog suggests that the connector will be used to enable wireless charging without the need for a dedicated cover, and possibly for the AR / VR experience Apple is believed to be working on.
While what exact format this AR / VR experience will take is still unknown, some believe that Apple is designing augmented and virtual reality accessories that could be connected to the iPhone 8.
The report from The Verifier also claims that Apple is busy developing a new version of Apple TV and that the latest model could feature support for AR / VR experiences.
Compared to other electronics companies, Apple has been relatively quiet when it comes to AR / VR technology, but these latest rumours, if true, indicate the company’s intention to implement this technology into a variety of its products.