R.I.P Bezels. 2017 will be remembered as the year when smartphone design underwent a fundamental shift with near bezel-less designs becoming the norm amongst flagship smartphones. After the breathtaking Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6, the iPhone 8 is set to join the party with an all new bezel-less design.2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the iPhone. To commemorate the occasion, Apple is expected to launch a greatly improved device which is set to be a massive improvement over the iPhone 7. The iPhone 8 is set to come with an all new design, wireless charging, an OLED display and more.A new leak now gives us a greater insight into the design of Apple’s upcoming flagship smartphone. Shared by prolific leakster KK Leaks on Twitter, the schematics and renders point towards an all new ‘all-screen’ design with very thin side bezels. According to the schematics, the iPhone will measure in at 137.54mm tall and 67.54mm wide.Also Read: iPhone 8 rumour roundup: True Tone OLED display, wireless charging and moreThe schematics also point towards the device sporting a 5.768 display which is bigger than the iPhone 7 Plus’s 5.5-inch panel. The 2.5D display is rumoured to cover the entire front panel with the side bezels measuring as low as 4mm at their thinnest point.As expected, the iPhone 8 shown in the schematics is bereft of a physical home button. Apple is widely expected to embed the fingerprint sensor underneath the display in order to free up space for the new display.However, according to analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, the company is apparently facing a lot of issues in ramping up yield rates of the new sensor and because of that it might be forced to abandon the radical approach and make do with a more traditional fingerprint sensor instead.advertisementHere we go #iphone8 #iphonex or #iphoneedition pic.twitter.com/kxDDOKZ6XM- KK Sneak Leaks (@kksneakleaks) April 17, 2017At the back, we can see a vertically mounted dual camera setup. This design has been doing the rounds of the internet lately and seems to be more or less a given now. According to Ben Bajarin, the position of the LED flash in between the two camera lenses is supposedly to help facilitate 3D features and augmented reality.Apple is set to release three new iPhones in 2017 – updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the shape of the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus and also a ‘halo’ tenth anniversary model called the iPhone 8/iPhone Edition.All three models are reportedly set to come with come with 3GB of RAM. While the iPhone 7s and 7s is expected to be offered in three storage configurations – 32GB, 128GB and 256GB, the iPhone 8 will only be offered in 64GB and 256GB.Past leaks and rumours indicate that the iPhone 8 will come with an OLED display, an Iris Scanner like the one found on the Samsung Galaxy S8, IP68 dust and water resistance, 3D cameras and a Smart connector for accessories such as a VR headset.Also Read: Nokia 9: Carl Zeiss cameras, Snapdragon 835 and everything else we know so far
Sri Lanka skipper Upul Tharanga today asked his top order batsmen to fire against a dominant India, urging them not to throw their wickets in the second One-Day International at Pallekele on Thursday.Sri Lanka were positioned nicely in the first ODI at 139 for one but lost nine wickets for just 77 runs to be all out for a modest 216.”To get to a big total we need the top four batsmen to fire. One or two of them must make a big score. Thats what we have seen in the past 10-15 years. If a player gets a century then we can put up a good total between 280-300,” Tharanga said at the pre-match press conference. (Team India demolishing Sri Lanka on the field, exploring island off it)”What I expect from the batsmen is once they have settled in, they should bat the entire innings and take us to a decent total. If you look at the past results we have been in good positions in the first 20-25 overs. From there onwards only we have lost the grip as batsmen played irresponsible shots,” the skipper added.Reuters PhotoThere was much hue and cry after their crushing defeat on Sunday and Tharanga sought to placate the angry fans apart from rejecting rumours of a dressing room rift.”It was our bad luck we could not win the first ODI. But all the players are in good spirits because we have been preparing for this series well ahead of time. I have faith in the players that for the second ODI they will come up with a much better performance.advertisement”Every time the fans have been behind us when we won or lost. As a team all I can say is that we go out 100 percent to win the match. None of the 15 players in the squad go out to lose a match. We expect their support because that is the one that gives us strength and encouragement to perform well,” said the 32-year-old.Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal was left out of the playing eleven in the series-opener, triggering speculation that it was a divided dressing room. Asked about Chandimal’s return to the ODI line-up, Tharanga replied, “We have not come to a final conclusion with the team but there certainly will be changes.”In addition to Tharanga, interim coach Nic Pothas was also present in the press conference on Wednesday to issue a statement. Reportedly, Sri Lanka Cricket took objection to his stance of ‘too many cooks’ in the post-match conference in Dambulla.”It should be stated that I am very happy with everything that’s going on within our four walls in the change room. And just to clarify things I am very happy with the situation with the Board that has been hugely supportive of everything that I do and the players do. They continue to support us. Certainly I have no issues there,” said Pothas.The skipper also dismissed suggestions that paceman Lasith Malinga is way past his best. “Every cricketer goes through this phase. He has returned to ODI cricket after being out for about 18 months. But since his return he has been unable to produce those match winning performances mainly because catches have been dropped off his bowling. But his presence in the team is a big boon to the young fast bowlers who can learn a lot from him,” he said.Sri Lanka can still seal automatic qualification for the 2019 ODI World Cup if they win two matches in this series. It will be a tough ask against a rampant Indian side, even if the hosts have an eye on what West Indies are doing on their England tour.”As a team we go to each match to win. We are not thinking too far but taking match by match. Tomorrow’s contest is vital for us because we lost the first. To qualify for the 2019 World Cup we have to win two matches of the current series. All the players in the squad are aware of it. Our main aim is to win every match,” said Tharanga.”West indies are also trying to win and increase their points in the standings. We know what is expected from us but if we think too much it will affect our performances. So we are taking it match by match,” he signed off.