less than a week until the iPhone 7 announcement, 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 ,which will be launched on the 10th anniverary of the first iPhone. Here we round up the rumours about the iPhone 8 release date, features and specifications. See also: Best phones 2016.
While you might wondering what Apple will update in the iPhone 7 (which may also launch alongside an iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 Pro) there are some compelling rumours that might tempt you to wait for the iPhone 8.
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Update 2 September: The iPhone 8 is reported to come with an iris scanner, according to MoneyDJ. This feature was previously thought not to arrive on the iPhone until 2018. If true, the retina scanner could complement or replace Touch ID, though replacing it is a clear possibility if Apple does as is expected and removes the home button.
Update 26 August: The iPhone 8 will reportedly not have a home button. Or not a physical one, at least. A report by Bloomberg mentions that as part of the phone’s major redesign – which will focus on screen tech – Apple will ditch a physical home button. The reason is unclear, but it would lead to a sleeker look. Other rumours point to a potential separate iPhone model with a curved screen, although most rumours agree that the next iPhone will use an OLED screen.
Yet another new revelation is that the iPhone 8 could capture the fingerprint and possibly photos of a thief who stole it. AppleInsider has reported on a patent filed back in April which describes a way of storing biometric data when an unauthorised user is detected. It could be used to identify the person responsible and in turn lead to information which could be used to recover the stolen device. It’s unclear exactly how Apple could use the technology, but the patent also talks about machine learning, so it could be intelligent enough to figure out that it’s simply your child attempting to unlock your phone and play a game.
Also, a recent report from Nikkei suggests that in 2017, there will be a total of three new iPhone models. It looks like we’re in for the usual 4.7- and 5.5in models (the regular and Plus) but the third will be an interesting 5.5in or above with a curved screen.
The source who is familiar with Apple’s plans says the screen will be “bent on the two sides” making it sound like a Galaxy S7 edge and Note7 rival, not completely curved as some rumours have suggested.
In fact, Samsung is rumoured to be Apple’s sole OLED supplier next year but it will be unable to meet demand for its customers and its own phones. Foxconn, Apple’s regular manufacturer, has supposedly been working on developing glass casing technology with the aim of securing 2017 orders.
iPhone 8 release date rumours
It’s a bit early to talk about the iPhone 8 release date. It’s not necessarily even going to be called that. However, for now that’s the name we’re using to keep things simple and the iPhone 8 will be the new flagship smartphone for Apple in 2017.
If tradition continues, the iPhone 8 release date will be in September 2017.
However, the release date isn’t quite as easy to predict as normal. 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone launch, so we wouldn’t be too surprised if Apple mixed things up a bit.
If Apple follows the usual pattern, the iPhone 7 will launch this year and will be followed by the iPhone 7S in 2017. The fact that it’s 10 years since the original iPhone means this could all go out the window. Apple will want to do something special to celebrate the occasion so an ‘S’ model, which usually just brings small tweaks, won’t really suffice.
There are many options including the possibility of another iPhone 6S model this year so the 2017 model is the iPhone 7, or the iPhone 7 does get launched this year then Apple jumps straight to the iPhone 8 next year.
It’s pretty much anyone’s guess at the moment, hence, we’re calling the 2017 model the iPhone 8 at the moment but it’s perfectly plausible that the new phone won’t conform to the traditional naming system at all. The iPhone SE (special edition) is already a thing so perhaps Apple will go with ‘iPhone Pro’, iPhone Anniversary Edition’ or even just ‘iPhone’ – although naming the iPad 3 as ‘the new iPad’ didn’t go down too well.