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Apple has huge plans for the iPhone 8 including glass design, no home button, extreme wireless charging, Dual-SIM and an OLED display.

To round up the reports to date, the iPhone 8 is looking to be released around the October time after recent predictions of an OLED display conversion set-back. It is also suggested to feature either a 2.5D or curved display (with 70-million bendable OLED displays having been ordered with Samsung by Apple), no physical home button, wireless charging, 3D sensor, full spectral sensing (for Apple's True Color technology), Apple's own GPU and significantly less bezel around the display. Further to this, for the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, we may be seeing a slightly earlier release in time for the usual Apple yearly release in September.

Sources suggest that there may be a chance of the iPhone 8 being released under the title of the "iPhone X" to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone. Whether the rumour is true or not is to be found out, but this could mean a possibility of an iPhone 7S and 7s Plus or equivalent. Whatever its name, here are the release details for the iPhone 8...

Release Date (Update 28/07/2017)

It appears as though Apple have begun small scale production of the new iPhone 8 and the two iPhone 7s variants too. Along with this also came information regarding how many devices are being produced per day (roughly 200 at this time) and some interesting potential problem solving carried out by Apple, as we may indeed be seeing a fingerprint sensor beneath the screen after all.

Several pieces of information have been released regarding the launch of the new iPhone. Apparently there may be as few as only 5 million devices ready by the time the launch is set to happen, meaning it is unlikely Apple will meet the demand requirements upon launch, though investors have been told not to worry as the demand will carry through to following quarters resulting in higher production and higher sales. Additional to this, the release date of the device is still very much in question, with an estimated release up to 2 months later than initially proposed, pushing the device release back as late as December 2017 and a long way off from the usual September release.

There are reports that Apple might suffer with production of the iPhone 8. An Apple analyst has identified that there may be production and shipment issues with the upcoming iPhone, leading to possible delays until late 2017 or early 2018. The estimated shipment prediction for the iPhone has thus dropped from between 100 and 110 million down to just 80 to 90 million units, mostly down to the complicated hardware upgrades the iPhone 8 could potentially bring.

Initially an estimated September/Autumn 2017 release was expected for the new flagship device, but with the likelihood of a 7S and 7S Plus being announced at the same time, we may not get to see the new iPhone on the market until several months later. All 3 devices are predicted to be announced in September, with the release of the 7S and 7S Plus shortly after, followed by the iPhone 8 a few months down the line.

In BAMSays' rather edgy take on the new iPhone 8, though, he poses evidence that might contradict these delay rumours.

Operating System

The likely candidate for the iPhone 8 operating system will be iOS 11. We have seen new operating systems featured on the latest flagship phones for Apple in the past and this is what is expected to happen for the iPhone 8 too.

Design

Design rumours echo the suggestion that there will be 3 variants of the iPhone 8 upon release. The sizes for each will be 4.7", 5" and possibly either 5.5" or 5.8" for the display. It is likely that the largest version will feature the OLED display, with others possibly sticking to IPS LCD displays as used on previous generations of iPhone. This means the larger of the devices may be significantly slimmer than the others.

The devices may also have a design which will be made of either curved glass or plastic and will go all the way around the device. The rear panel will be made of glass and will be kept together by an aluminium frame, in all models.

Screen and Cameras (Update 13/03/2017)

The display is confirmed to be a Sharp OLED screen on the largest device, catching up with the standard rivals have been using for the past several years now. Despite initial rumours claiming the new model will feature an edgeless screen, it looks like the iPhone 8 will not be including the curved OLED display and will instead be opting for a flat-panel 2.5D OLED display, similar to that on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7s. We are still anticipating a larger screen to body ratio, though, and a much better quality display due to the OLED panel, but the curvature of the display may be something to hold for future generations of the iPhone.

Dual cameras on the rear of the phone may become a standard for iPhones since the release of the iPhone 7 Plus, but once again we might only see dual cameras on the larger model of the device. There are rumours suggesting that the new iPhone may feature a front-facing 3D selfie camera, which incorporates infrared technology to gauge the depth and location of an object in its field of view. This could potentially link to the idea of the iPhone 8 coming with facial recognition and iris recognition for security and unlocking, as a 3D camera would most certainly help the device measure the depth and distance between itself and the face of the user.

Specification and Features (Update 24/05/2017)

New reports suggest that the iPhone 8 could potentially have a huge performance increase when it comes to internet speed. The increase would benefit not only the iPhone 8, but the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus as well and could potentially be developed into supporting the upcoming 5G network services set for release in the coming years.

It looks like the iPhone 8 (and the 7s and 7s Plus for that matter) will feature an upgraded Lightning Port and 3GB of RAM. Apparently the same RAM and port configurations are to be shipped for the 8 and 7s models alike.

One iPhone 8 rumour has come straight from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who hinted they will be looking to implement artificial intelligence in future devices that can help increase battery life. Other features including an integrated fingerprint scanner in the display, complete facial recognition and the scrapping of the lightning port are all potentially new features coming to the iPhone 8.

Nothing is known for the specifications of the device just yet, and it is currently unknown as to whether the 3 possible variants will be differentiated solely by size, or under-the-hood hardware as well. At least one of the devices will use the new Apple A10X or A11 chip and will probably be paired with 3GB of RAM, though this is not guaranteed.

One place where iPhones are said to struggle is battery life, so we may see a new or bigger battery fitted to all devices. That being said actually charging the device may be easier with rumours suggesting Apple is working with Energous, a wireless charging company, in hopes of bringing the technology to the iPhone and its other devices. The WattUp technology, pioneered by Energous is aiming to offer truly wireless charging, where devices can be as far as up to 15 feet away from the power source. It has since been confirmed that Energous received 10 million dollars in funding from Dialog Semiconductor, one of Apple's top customers. All this leads us to believe next gen wireless charging is one step closer to becoming a reality on the next iPhone.

Reports suggest that Apple is working on numerous augmented reality (AR) features for the upcoming iPhone. Tim Cook is allegedly very interested in exploring the possibilities of the relatively new concept. There have been rumours that AR goggles are being developed by Apple. These goggles would wirelessly connect to the new iPhone and display augmented reality videos or images.

Furthermore, there is a strong likelihood that we will be seeing a Dual-SIM variant of the next iPhone, following an Apple patent in the US and China for Dual-SIM technology. Throw in the rumour that the iPhone 8 will feature similar technology used in the macBook Pro, where instead of the home button and empty space surrounding it, the bottom of the device will consist of a home button integrated into a function bar that can be used for a variety of purposes, and the iPhone 8 is shaping up to be a pretty exciting device. 

Price (Update 13/02/2017)

Reports from Fast Company suggest the new iPhone may cost up to $1000/£800/€940 at launch. This covers the price of the device off-contact and the higher price will likely cover phones with larger built-in storage (64GB and 128GB). The price increase is expected largely because of the increased rumours of Apple adding new features and hardware to the phone, as well as rumours that the next iPhone will feature an improved manufacturing process and even higher built quality.

Last modified on Friday, 28 July 2017
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