Apple iPhone 8: release date, specs, rumours, and UK price

iPhone 8 release date, specs, rumours, and price

 

Apple’s iPhone 8 is expected in the fall of 2017.

It’s rumoured that Apple has a major iPhone redesign planned for 2017, with a glass body and edge-to-edge OLED display that includes an integrated Touch ID fingerprint sensor and front-facing camera. The iPhone 8 will mark the 10th anniversary of Apple smartphones, so it’s going to be huge. The new iPhone may be sold alongside upgraded (but standard) 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones.

Rumoured iPhone 8 Features:

  • 5.8″ OLED display
  • Faster A11 processor
  • Glass body
  • Edge-to-edge display
  • Camera and Touch ID display
  • No Home button
  • Wireless charging
  • Three models – One OLED, two standard

Popular questions that we will try to answer in this thread:

  • What’s the latest iPhone 8 news?
  • What is the iPhone 8 release date?
  • What’s new about the iPhone 8 design and specs?
  • What’s the iPhone 8 price?
  • Should you wait for the iPhone 8?

Here’s a breakdown of the most recent iPhone 8 news and rumours, as it happened:

January 10, 2017Stainless steel chassis, glass design:

For the iPhone 8, Apple is rumoured to be planning to move away from the aluminium body that it’s been using since 2012 in an effort to differentiate the iPhone from the devices that have come before it. Apple is expected to instead re-adopt the glass-backed body last used for the iPhone 4s. Glass is more fragile and heavier than aluminium, but many advances have been made in glass technology and materials like Gorilla Glass are sturdier than ever, which may help prevent breakage.

January 16, 2017 IP68 certification:

Apple may be planning to make its next iPhone even more waterproof, according to the newest rumour out of Asia.

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is currently the only smartphone with a device boasting an IP68 rating, but Apple allegedly plans to catch up this year with an iPhone that can be submerged just as deep.

“Apple’s iPhone 8 will feature the IP68 rating protection as part of drastic upgrades marking the 10th anniversary of the iPhone this year,” reports South Korean news site, The Investor, citing an industry source.

February 9, 2017iPhone will have wireless charging:

Wireless charging is widely expected to be on one if not all new iPhone models later this year. At any rate, wireless charging has been expected for at least one of Apple’s new iPhone models later this year, namely the flagship iPhone 8 which is expected to feature a major bezel-less redesign. A report last fall predicted that Apple may not bundle the wireless charger in the box, however, despite shipping support for the feature.
Steve Rizzone, CEO of California start-up firm Energous, fueled the rumours in an interview with The Verge where he said they’ve signed a ‘key strategic partnership’ with ‘one of the largest consumer electronic companies in the world.’

The technology could work over distances up to 15 feet (4.5 metres) and is expected to be released towards the latter half of 2017, which would tie in with the expected release of three anticipated new models of iPhone.

February 16, 2017Function area coming to iPhone:

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 will feature a “function area” at the bottom of its edge-to-edge OLED display, replacing the current iPhone’s home button with Touch ID, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

The most apparent change of the OLED iPhone will be a full-screen design, along with the elimination of the Home button and current fingerprint recognition technology. Of particular note is that we expect the OLED iPhone will adopt a 5.8″ physical OLED panel. But the actual display area will be around 5.15″, and the rest will be an area for functions (e.g. allocation of virtual buttons).

Kuo, who has correctly pegged Apple launches in the past, detailed the “function area” found at the bottom of the phone in a slide to investors. The 5.8-inch iPhone is said to have a bezel-less 5.15-inch OLED display area.

February 28, 2017OLED screen:

This is one of our favourite rumours and expected features for the upcoming iPhone 8.
OLED displays are awesome. OLED displays offer better contrast ratio, truer colours, improved viewing angles, better power efficiency to maximise battery life, and a faster response time than an LCD for faster refresh rates. On the downside, OLED displays don’t have the lifespan of an LCD display and they’re more prone to water damage, two issues Apple will need to overcome. Apple already uses OLED displays in the Apple Watch.

Rumour has it the newest version of the iPhone will start using the same display technology the Galaxy has been using for years — that gorgeous OLED display.

Apple is expected to put out three new phones in 2017, and at least one of them (a high-end version) is said to have an OLED screen that covers almost the entire front of the device. The other phones Apple is expected to release in 2017 will likely still have LCD screens.

An OLED display on an iPhone means that a shortcoming of the iPhone is about to be eliminated. While the LCD screen is fine enough, anyone who’s seen an OLED screen knows it’s significantly better-looking.



February 29, 2017 USB-C:

The wording isn’t 100 percent clear, but the rumours seem to be suggesting that Apple will drop the iPhone’s proprietary Lightning port in favour of the industry’s standard USB Type-C connector. It would be an unusual move for Apple, which has never been afraid of pushing its own connection standards, but not completely inexplicable. The company has already adopted USB-C on its MacBook line, and the two standards share some key features, including reversibility.

This would be the first iOS device to not use a proprietary Apple connector (assuming iPads aren’t announced in the interim with USB-C). Lightning launched with the iPhone 5 in 2012. Before that, Apple used the iPod 30 pin dock connector for iPhones.

March 9, 2017Component shortage affects release:

Rumours regarding Apple’s next flagship smartphone have suggested that the tech giant is pulling out all the stops for the iPhone 8.

However, the latest leak has revealed that the cutting-edge technology could push back the handset’s mass production date to October or November – instead of the normal August or September time frame.

An analyst has noted several ‘significant hardware upgrades’ are the root of the delays including a custom OLED display panel, a custom Apple A11 10-nanometer SoC, a redesigned 3D Touch module and 3D sensing cameras.

March 12, 2017No curved display after all:

Reports note that based on current supply chain intel Apple’s OLED is expected to be less curved than the S8 and therefore less of a so-called edge-to-edge “infinity” display.
While Apple’s new OLED form factor looks similar, current indications are for less use of curved OLED which may result in a slightly less “infinity” screen form factor.

March 15, 2017New touch sensors:

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that the new OLED iPhone will use a flexible display panel, which will likely allow it to curve around the sides of the main chassis. However, this makes it incompatible with the existing 3D Touch pressure sensors seen in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7.
Therefore, the upcoming flagship device will switch from an ‘FBCB sensor to a film sensor’, offering higher sensitivity and a wider range of 3D Touch pressure levels.

March 20, 2017Apple planning Augmented Reality features:

As for how an iPhone with AR might benefit end users, some have speculated that the iPhone 8, coupled with Apple’s upcoming iOS 11, will enable users to point their camera at an object and learn information about said object. Some also believe the iPhone 8 may utilise AR to enhance the gaming experience on the platform.

As a quick illustration of why AR on the iPhone is so intriguing, the following iPhone 8 concept illustrates how the technology could make it much easier to ascertain mapping directions, even in indoor environments.

April 7, 2017Schematic leak:

With five months to go until Apple unveils its three new iPhone models for 2017, new leaks deliver more details about the most hotly anticipated iPhone of 2017, the iPhone 8.
An apparent iPhone 8 schematic leaked online, seemingly revealing the all-screen front of the special edition phone. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to verify the leak. More images when we talk about it at the bottom of the page.


image credit: SlashLeaks

April 17, 2017No touch ID:

After the picture was leaked last week, iPhone users were fast to point out just how ridiculously impractical the positioning of the new fingerprint scanner was.

With most Android devices, the scanner is located at the rear of the device, but at the top where it is natural for your finger to sit.

Even though the S8 has been criticised for placing it next to the camera, at least it is located in a comfortable position.

One Reddit user explained why the button’s new position would be a terrible move from Apple.

“Just try holding your iPhone now and reaching your index finger that far below the Apple logo. If this is true, it is a disastrous placement of touch ID, even worse than the S8 in my opinion.”

iPhone 8 stainless steel chassis and glass design:

Apple is testing an iPhone 8 model with an overhauled look that includes a stainless steel frame, front and rear glass, and new camera positioning, according to Bloomberg.com.

The premium iPhone model headed to market this fall is said to launch alongside two other iPhone models, in an event that marks the tenth anniversary of the iPhone’s release. The other two iPhone models are expected to be incremental updates to the current iPhone 7.

Bloomberg reported the premium iPhone model in testing, currently believed to be called the iPhone 8, features an OLED screen covering the entire front of the device. This is a design we’ve seen prevalent in 2017’s flagship smartphones, like Samsung’s Galaxy S8.

An all-glass iPhone 8 could also be more durable than you might think. Not only is glass more prone to scratches and dings than anodised aluminium finishes (case in point: even Apple states that Jet Black iPhones “may show fine micro-abrasions with use”), but any eventual scratches that might occur from daily use are sure to be less visible on glass.

Glass has other properties that make it more desirable a material than aluminium, including being much easier to mould than metal, as well as thinner and lighter than aluminium. Like with the iPhone 4/4s series, iPhone 8 would need a stainless steel frame to hold the glass sandwich design together.

Apple is likely to use chemically strengthened glass rather than Gorilla Glass so an all-glass iPhone 8 could be more shatter-prone when dropped versus current iPhones. KGI speculates that Apple’s manufacturing expertise gained from designing iPhone 4/4s could result in an all-glass iPhone 8 that might be just as durable as the aluminium models.

iPhone 8 to have IP68 certification:

The iPhone 7 has an IP67 rating which means it is technically resistant to splashes and short periods of being underwater. IP68 is a substantial improvement but would still mean that swimming is off limits for the iPhone unlike the Apple Watch Series 2; Apple’s wearable far exceeds the IP68 standards.

In practice, the iPhone 7 has been found to exceed its waterproofing rating in most synthetic tests but an officially rated higher standard for iPhone 8 will allow Apple to market its flagship phone more aggressively on this benchmark — rather than just shots of the iPhone near water or getting splashed at the poolside.

Whilst the ‘8’ signifies improved water resistance, the ‘6’ denotes the phone’s resistance to dust; like with the existing iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 will continue to tout the same levels of dustproofness. Apple’s closest rival in the smartphone space, Samsung, already sells the Galaxy S7 which has an IP68 rating.

Obviously, improved water resistance will be just another feature on the long list of expectations customers, analysts and investors have for this year’s iPhone. Coinciding with the iPhone’s tenth anniversary, there is much anticipation for big changes with Apple’s new flagship 2017 iPhone.

iPhone to have wireless charging:

Steve Rizzone, CEO of California start-up firm Energous, fueled the rumours in an interview with The Verge where he said they’ve signed a ‘key strategic partnership’ with ‘one of the largest consumer electronic companies in the world.’

The technology could work over distances up to 15 feet (4.5 metres) and is expected to be released towards the later half of 2017, which would tie in with the expected release of three anticipated new models of iPhone.

It works at greater distances than existing wireless charging solutions that rely on traditional inductive charging coils.

The charging process is controlled by software, meaning end users can decide the order in which devices receive power and create schedules for their charging.

A leaked schematic shows the wireless charging module, seen in pink under battery pack B in the image above. That said, there’s no way of confirming the authenticity of these schematics at this time.

Apple in February joined the Wireless Power Consortium, which is committed to the open development of the Qi wireless charging standard that’s widely used in devices like the Samsung Galaxy line, and Apple has filed dozens of patents for inductive charging. Dozens of hires with expertise in wireless charging have also joined the company in recent months.

Apple is rumoured to have at least five different groups in its company working on implementing wireless charging technology in the next iPhone.

The company’s plan to use a glass body hints that inductive charging will be used, as glass would be required to allow charging through a magnetic coil. With an aluminium body, inductive charging would not work as well.

Function area (touch bar) coming to iPhone:

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 will feature a “function area” at the bottom of its edge-to-edge OLED display, replacing the current iPhone’s home button with Touch ID, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

Kuo, who has correctly pegged Apple launches in the past, detailed the “function area” found at the bottom of the phone in a slide to investors. The 5.8-inch iPhone is said to have a bezel-less 5.15-inch OLED display area.

The most apparent change of the OLED iPhone will be a full-screen design, along with the elimination of the Home button and current fingerprint recognition technology. Of particular note is that we expect the OLED iPhone will adopt a 5.8″ physical OLED panel. But the actual display area will be around 5.15″, and the rest will be an area for functions (e.g. allocation of virtual buttons).

The “function area” sounds a lot like the Touch Bar found on Apple’s new MacBook Pro line. The Touch Bar is aware what apps you are in, and displays various function keys for added productivity. Kuo told investors the area will be for the allocation of virtual buttons but didn’t offer further details.

Separate analyst Rod Hall of JPMorgan said Apple will remove the TouchID home button and replace it with a front-facing 3D laser scanner for facial recognition. Previous rumours have suggested similar.

The rumour the iPhone 8, with other features on the phone said to include wireless charging, an all-glass design, and a dramatic increase in battery capacity.

We even found a video showing how the new touch bar would look like, watch and enjoy:

iPhone 8 to have OLED screen:

With an edge-to-edge design, the iPhone 8 is said to be similar in size to the 4.7-inch iPhone, but with a display the size of the 5.5-inch iPhone. According to Kuo, it will feature a 5.8-inch display with 5.15 inches of usable area, with the rest dedicated to virtual buttons that will replace the existing Home button. The iPhone 8’s front-facing camera may also include 3D sensing capabilities, allowing it to find the location and depth of objects in front of it, perhaps enabling facial and iris recognition.

Unlike conventional LCD displays, the pixels on an OLED screen produce their own light. That means the screen doesn’t need a backlight, saving power. But it also means that individual pixels can be turned off, allowing for truer blacks – thus improving dynamic range and widening the colour gamut.

Despite rivals like Samsung having adopted OLED screens long ago, Apple has steered clear of the tech – possibly due to the fact that Samsung controls the lion’s share of phone-sized OLED screen manufacturing.

Apple is reportedly plotting three display sizes for the iPhone 8: 4.7-inches, 5.5-inches, and 5.8-inches. It’s believed that only the latter of the three will get the OLED upgrade.

Also, by virtue of the fact that the Home button may be disappearing, analysts at KGI Research believe that the bottom of the iPhone 8’s screen may be portioned off for functions.

Other more recent rumours say that Apple has ditched the curved OLED display.

According to Japanese blog Mac Otakara (via) the glass sandwich design we’ve heard so much about has passed Apple’s internal testing – the engineering verification test (EVT), to be exact.

That means, if the report is accurate, we can expect to see an iPhone with a stainless steel chassis and glass on the front and back.

However, it seems the glass on the front will remain relatively flat, with the blog claiming Apple will make use of the slightly curved 2.5D profile that features on the iPhone 7.

It follows a report from March which claimed the next iPhone would come with curves that are “gentler than screens in Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge.”

Apple has reportedly been facing production issues with components designed to place the Touch ID sensor, previously placed in the physical home button, below the display of the phone – at least, according to analyst Timothy Arcuri.

The new iPhone to have USB-C:

The iPhone 8 is expected to slot in as the high-end option in Apple’s 2017 iPhone lineup, showing off a brand-new industrial design (which many reports are describing as bezel-less) as well as many new features.

KGI has reported that the device will house a 5.8-inch display and larger battery, in the same physical size as a current 4.7 inch iPhone. The WSJ report did not comment on the rumours of a 3D front camera; KGI has claimed that the new iPhone 8 will be able to sense depth from the front camera for facial recognition and 3D selfies.

It’s also possible that the WSJ report means that USB-C will be incorporated not into the phone itself, but into its power adapters. That would mean replacing the USB-A plug on the end of the iPhone power cable with USB-C like Apple has done with the adapters that ship with new MacBooks. This would make sense, allowing users who buy the new iPhone to charge it from their new MacBook using the cable that comes in the box.

However, the fancy flagship iPhone is expected to come with a price tag around $1000. The WSJ report refers to it as a ’10th Anniversary Edition’ but it remains to be seen if that will be used in Apple marketing. Modest updates to the existing iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are also expected, which will fill the typical iPhone price points.

This report is the first we’ve heard about Apple supplanting Lightning with USB-C for the new iPhone, but the Wall Street Journal’s track record with Apple accuracy means it is probably very likely to be on the cards.

Apple’s adoption of USB-C started with the MacBook line, with the 2016 MacBook Pro dropping all legacy I/O in favour of USB-C connectivity. However, the Mac product range never featured Lightning.

This would be the first iOS device to not use a proprietary Apple connector (assuming iPads aren’t announced in the interim with USB-C). Lightning integrated with the iPhone 5 in 2012. Before that, Apple used the iPod 30 pin dock connector for iPhones.

Apple’s trio of new iPhones, dubbed by the community as the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 8, are expected to launch in the fall.

iPhone 8 release date: Delayed by components shortages

Rumours regarding Apple’s next flagship smartphone have suggested that the tech giant is pulling out all the stops for the iPhone 8.

However, the latest leak has revealed that the cutting-edge technology could push back the handset’s mass production date to October or November – instead of the normal August or September time frame.

An analyst has noted several ‘significant hardware upgrades’ are the root of the delays including a custom OLED display panel, a custom Apple A11 10-nanometer SoC, a redesigned 3D Touch module and 3D sensing cameras.

Reputable Apple analyst KGI Ming-Chi Kuo shared the new report, citing several components that had to be custom-ordered by Apple as contributing the delay, 9to5Mac reported.

Kuo also said that this hiccup will have a major impact over the Cupertino company’s 2017 calendar sales – as many customers will wait until 2018 to purchase the new iPhone 8.

However, if the firm looks at the sales long-term it should not have anything to worry about, Kuo explained.

There is also expected to be a severe supply shortage ‘for a while’. After the launch of the smartphone, which will cause a limit on shipments for this year.

Howe, Kuo’s news is not the first time a delay has been mentioned.

Numerous rumours regarding this issue have surfaced over the last few months and all cite ‘technical issues’ as the culprit.

25.04.17 Update:

Logic and history both point to September, then, but multiple sources are suggesting that Apple may miss its usual date with smartphone destiny.

Digitimes has predicted that “production for the new OLED iPhone is unlikely to start until September due to the redesigned fingerprint ID solution”, and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has stated that the expected new 3D camera system will cause delays: “Unless production of the OLED iPhone (expected to begin in September) gets pushed back, there is virtually no time to make changes to the 3D camera system.”

New iPhone 8 schematics leak offers several exciting revelations

An iPhone 8 schematic posted on Slashleaks offers plenty of details about the handset. The leak seems to confirm other iPhone 8 rumours, and offer some brand new details about the handset.

The drawing seems to indicate the phone will have two speakers flanking the Lightning port at the bottom, which would be an improvement compared to the current iPhone 7 design.

The schematics also says that Apple will add quite a few components towards the bottom of the phone, including a Taptic Engine and 3D Touch module, and two standalone 3D Touch modules that would flank a fingerprint reading component (in blue above the Lightning port). This particular detail suggests there’s no physical home button on the iPhone 8, and the space that had been occupied by the home button has been repurposed for these new components.

Also interesting is the wireless charging module, seen in pink under battery pack B in the image above. That said, there’s no way of confirming the authenticity of these schematics at this time.

The Galaxy S8 might be the hottest smartphones available in stores right now, but when it comes to rumours and leaks, the iPhone is still king. With five months to go until Apple unveils its three new iPhone models for 2017, a new leak delivers more details about the most hotly anticipated iPhone of 2017, the iPhone 8.

The new iPhone 8 rumoured Price

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.

Here are the prices of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus; it’s likely that the iPhone 8 will be priced at a similar point.

  • iPhone 7 (32GB): £599
  • iPhone 7 (128GB): £699
  • iPhone 7 (256GB): £799
  • iPhone 7 Plus (32GB): £719
  • iPhone 7 Plus (128GB): £819
  • iPhone 7 Plus (256GB): £919

However, there’s an alternative theory – that the iPhone 8 (or iPhone Edition) will break the thousand-dollar barrier in the US for the first time (this is according to Fast Company, citing a source “with knowledge of Apple’s plans”), which is likely to translate to a UK price of £940 or so.

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