Everything you need to know about the iPhone 8
The iPhone 8 is less than a year from launch, but there’s no shortage of leaks, rumours, and news. Here’s what we know about the iPhone 8 release date, specs, features, and price.
Update (31 October 2016): New concept renders emerge as Apple is linked to OLED displays for the iPhone 8 by none other than the President of Sharp.
The iPhone 8 may be a long way off, but the rumour mill waits for no man. In fact, it’s already been mooted that the iPhone’s components – like the A11 chip and OLED display – have already been finalised. So it already seems clear that 2017’s iPhone 8 is going to bring in some significant changes.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a reputable industry analyst at KGI Securities, has already given us some clues about the new phone. Probably the most interesting titbit is that the phone may feature a new ‘all-glass design’. Meanwhile, a Barclays analyst recently speculated that the iPhone 8 will finally add wireless charging – that would be a first for Apple phones.
Fortunately, we don’t need analysts to get a rough idea of what the iPhone 8 will look like. The smartphone industry is cyclical (and thus predictable) so we’re already fairly confident about what’s in store for Apple fans next year.
LATEST IPHONE 8 NEWS:
When does the iPhone 8 come out? Approx. September 2017
What’s new about the iPhone 8? Rumoured: New glass body, A11 processor, Intel modem
How much will the iPhone 8 cost? £539 (possibly)
IPHONE 8 RELEASE DATE UK & US – WHEN WILL THE NEW IPHONE 8 COME OUT?
While we can’t pin down an exact iPhone 8 release date just yet, it doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict a launch window with reasonable accuracy. Apple tends to launch flagship phones in September, usually leaving about a week-and-a-half gap between the announcement and release.
Here’s a look back at previous iPhone launches:
- iPhone 7: Revealed on September 7 (Wednesday), released on September 16 (Friday)
- iPhone 6S: Revealed on September 9 (Wednesday), released on September 19 (Saturday)
- iPhone 6: Revealed on September 9 (Tuesday), released on September 19 (Friday)
- iPhone 5S: Revealed on September 10 (Tuesday), released on September 20 (Friday)
- iPhone 5: Revealed on September 12 (Wednesday), released on September 21 (Friday)
Based on those dates, we’d expect Apple’s iPhone event to take place on either Tuesday, September 12, or Wednesday, September 13. In 2017, obviously. And the iPhone 8 release date would likely fall on either Friday, September 22, or Saturday, September 23.
Of course, we won’t know for sure until much closer to the date. Apple generally announces its launch event a couple of weeks prior to the big day, so keep an eye out in late August or early September.
Interestingly, an Apple staffer recently revealed to Business Insider that Apple is developing hardware for the iPhone in Herzliya, Israel. The site is reportedly responsible for producing chips, storage, cameras, and wireless technologies.
IPHONE 8 FEATURES – WHAT’S NEW ABOUT THE IPHONE 8?
Despite the iPhone 8 being months away, we’ve already seen a significant volume of rumours about the handset. Enough to warrant this article, anyway. So what’s expected to change? Here are a few of the rumoured features:
- All-glass design
- Wireless charging
- OLED/AMOLED display
- 5.8-inch screen
- A11 chip
- Intel 7360 LTE modem
- iOS 11 software
- No home button
IPHONE 8 PRICE – HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Putting an exact figure on the iPhone 8 price is impossible at this point. In fact, pending a miracle leak, it will be impossible until Apple’s September 2017 launch event.
But we can take a pretty good guess. Here’s how much Apple was charging for its previous flagship phones at launch:
- iPhone 5 – £529
- iPhone 5S – £549
- iPhone 6 – £539
- iPhone 6S – £539
- iPhone 7 – £599
Based on those figures, it’s clear that the average is around £539, but iPhone 7 threw a spanner in the works with a lofty £599. Ouch. Expect more of the same in the future.