When will Apple launch the iPhone 8? Read the latest rumours about the 2017 iPhone specs, price and Canadian launch date, celebrating 10 years of the iPhone.
The iPhone 7 has only been on sale for a while, but all we seem to be hearing are rumours about the iPhone 8. We think Apple might well be holding back some major updates and improvements for the iPhone 8 or ‘iPhone Edition’, which – if the rumours are true – will be launched on the 10th anniverary of the first iPhone. Here we round up the rumours about the iPhone 8 release date, price.
, features and specifications.
Hang on a minute, shouldn’t the next iPhone be the iPhone 7s? It still could be. Leaks and more rumours are pointing to not one but three new iPhones, two of which may well be branded as iPhone 7s and 7s Plus models. The main launch, though, would be the flagship, 10th anniversary iPhone ‘8’.
We’d be surprised if Apple goes for that naming convention, however, and other rumours say it could even be called simply ‘The iPhone’, or iPhone Pro, but for now we’ll stick to calling it the iPhone 8 for simplicity.
Update 13 March: The latest rumour is that STMicroelectronics, the firm making the new 3D camera for the iPhone 8, is unable to meet Apple’s quotas. This, according to French site iGeneration. Apparently, according to Mac Otakara, mass production of the iPhone 8 won’t even start until September because of the supply issue. So fans may not be able to get an iPhone 8 until November at the earliest.
Here’s a summary of what to expect from the iPhone 8:
iOS 11 software
5.8in edge-to-edge screen with no bezels and no physical home button
3D front-facing camera could replace Touch ID
Long-range wireless charging – may not come until 2018
Apple A11 processor
64- or 256GB with 3GB RAM
Latest Intel LTE modem
Possible change in case material to glass or ceramic – or just glass back
That’s the main specs covered, but here are the other rumours:
The main logic board will be in two pieces instead of the traditional one
Apple may move the SIM tray to the bottom edge (this could be to allow room for other internal components or to include a Smart Connector)
Quick charging will be supported when using a cable
New speaker design could make the phone the thinnest ever
It will use an OLED screen from Samsung
Facial recognition in addition to fingerprint scanner
Laser sensor for gesture recognition
The latest video from ConceptsiPhone does a decent job of showing what the iPhone 8 might look like. It’s interesting to see an idea of how the bottom of the display might be used, similar to the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro.