YEAH, WE KNOW. The iPhone 8 is still months away but that hasn’t stopped speculation spilling details about Apple’s next smartphone.
The iPhone 8, tipped by some to arrive as the ‘iPhone Edition’ or ‘iPhone X’ will be Apple’s 10th-anniversary smartphone and looks set to be the first to debut wireless charging tech, a curved AMOLED display, and an unusual vertical dual rear-facing camera. If rumors are to be believed, the so-called ‘Edition’ will launch alongside the less-impressive iPhone 7S and 7S Plus.
We’ve rounded up everything we know about the iPhone 8 so far and will update this article as soon as we hear more.
The iPhone 8 is likely to be announced in September 2017, marking 10 years since the firm launched its first smartphone.
However, one report claims that it might not be available to buy until the fourth quarter, noting that the iPhone 8 may be available in limited quantity only. A note by analyst Timothy Arcuri from Cowen and Company has added weight to this and claims that production could be delayed due to issues with its Touch ID sensor.
Another report suggests the iPhone 8 may not arrive until 2018. A research Deutsche Bank picked up by Business Insider, claims the smartphone won’t make it onto shelves this year due to supply chain issues and “technical challenges”.
As if just to confuse matters more, DigiTimes is reporting that mass production of the iPhone 8 is on schedule and that the smartphone will see a release in October.
If it’s anything like Apple’s new MacBooks, next year’s iPhone will be more expensive than this year’s release, and some are claiming that the highest-spec model will be the first iPhone to cost more than $1,000.
– 5.8in 2.5D OLED edge-to-edge display
– New design with an ‘all-glass’ construction
– Wireless charging support
– Apple A11 chip
– Rear-facing Touch ID sensor
– iOS 11 with improved Siri, P2P payments
– Face-scanning technology
– Vertical dual cameras on rear
– Support for LTE speeds up to 450Mbps
According to John Gruber, the iPhone 8’s wireless charging accessory may not be readily available when the handset launches later this year. This suggests that wireless charging won’t be supported out of the box, and will instead require a separate, no doubt proprietary, accessory.
Alleged retail packaging (below) for the iPhone 8 has surfaced online, courtesy of Weibo. It shows a dual-camera setup that’s mounted vertically instead of a horizontal configuration that you saw on the iPhone 7 Plus, but seems to suggest that Apple will stick to an aluminium design. This is unlikely given the huge number of rumours pointing to a redesigned glass chassis, so we’d advise taking this rumour with a hefty pinch of salt.
Another day, another leak and this one appear to confirm the death of the home button. Benjamin Geskin has posted an image of a leaked screen bracket (below), straight out of production HQ at Foxconn, which allegedly shows off the front of the iPhone 8. If legit, there won’t be a home button on Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone, hinting, once again, that it could feature a display-embedded Touch ID sensor.
UK retailer MobileFun has, for some reason, started selling accessories for the iPhone 8. The ‘Olixar iPhone 8 Full Cover Tempered Glass Screen Protector’ (below), priced at £24.99, appears to confirm that the iPhone 8 will feature a curved display, while the image (above) shows off the phone’s bezel-less display and lack of physical home button, hinting at an under-display sensor fingerprint sensor.