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iPhone 8 release date, specs and price

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The iPhone 8 is still months away but that hasn’t stopped speculation spilling details about Apple’s next smartphone.

The iPhone 8, tipped by some to arrive as the ‘iPhone Edition’ or
‘iPhone X’ will be Apple’s 10th-anniversary smartphone and looks set to
be the first to debut wireless charging tech, a curved AMOLED display
and an unusual vertical dual rear-facing camera. If rumours are to be
believed, the so-called ‘Edition’ will launch alongside the
less-impressive iPhone 7S and 7S Plus.

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We’ve rounded up everything we know about the iPhone 8 so far and will update this article as soon as we hear more.  
Release date
The iPhone 8 is likely to be announced in September 2017, marking 10 years since the firm launched its first smartphone. 
However, one report claims that it might not be available to
buy until the fourth quarter, noting that the iPhone 8 may be available
in limited quantity only. A note by analyst Timothy Arcuri from Cowen
and Company has added weight to this and claims that production could be
delayed due to issues with its Touch ID sensor.
Another report suggests the iPhone 8 may not arrive until 2018. A research Deutsche Bank, picked up by Business Insider, claims the smartphone won’t make it onto shelves this year due to supply chain issues and “technical challenges”.
As if just to confuse matters more, Digitimes is reporting that mass production of the iPhone 8 is on schedule and that the smartphone will see a release in October.
PriceIf 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. 
Rumoured specs– 5.8in 2.5D OLED edge-to-edge display
– New design with an ‘all-glass’ construction
– 71x143x7.4mm
– Wireless charging support
– Apple A11 chip
– Rear-facing Touch ID sensor
iOS 11 with improved Siri, P2P payments
– Face-scanning technology
– Vertical dual cameras on rear
– Support for LTE speeds up to 450Mbps
Latest news
3/7/17: 
Another day, another leak, and this one appear to confirm the death of the home button. Benjamin Geskin has posted an image of a leaked screen bracket (below),
straight out of production HQ at Foxconn, which allegedly shows off the
front of the iPhone 8. If legit, there won’t be a home button on
Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone, hinting, once again, that it could
feature a display-embedded Touch ID sensor.
29/6/17: On the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone, a video (below) courtesy of OnLeaks and Tiger Mobiles
has showed off the upcoming iPhone 8 from all angles. The handset,
based on 3D CAD drawings, matches up to previous speculation with its
glossy design, edge-to-edge screen and dual rear-facing cameras. It also
doesn’t feature a physical home button, hinting that the iPhone 8 might
feature a screen-embedded Touch ID sensor. The video goes so far as to
measure the handset, with the iPhone 8 mockup measuring in at
71x143x7.4mm.
26/6/17: OnLeaks has posted an image
(below) of what appears to be an iPhone 8 dummy unit, showing off – once
again – the phone’s glossy design, edge-to-edge display and dual
rear-facing cameras. With no Touch ID sensor on the back, the leak hints
that the handset could pack an under-screen fingerprint sensor. 
22/6/17: A research note obtained by Apple Insider
claims that Apple is still “undecided” on the fingerprint technology
for the iPhone 8. The note, from Cowen and Company’s Timothy Arcuri,
said that the firm has three options: thinning the cover glass over a
sensor area, creating a pinhole through the glass for an optical or
ultrasonic sensor, or trying a “film” sensor integrated into the
display, using either capacitive or infrared technology. Regardless of
which method Apple chooses, Arcuri notes that there will probably be a
“one to two month” delay on the iPhone 8.
21/6/17:9to5Mac has obtained footage of an iPhone 8 dummy model (below),
which shows off the bezel-less model next to an iPhone 7 Plus. The
dummy appears to be the same as that which has appeared in earlier
leaks, and confirms it’s full-screen design, vertical dual cameras and
lack of front-facing Touch ID.
19/6/17: UK retailer MobileFun has, for some reason, started selling accessories for the iPhone 8. The ‘Olixar iPhone 8 Full Cover Tempered Glass Screen Protector’ (below),
priced at £24.99, appears to confirm that the iPhone 8 will feature a
curved display, while the image (above) shows off the phone’s bezel-less
display and lack of physical home button, hinting at an under-display
sensor fingerprint sensor.
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15/6/17: Robert Hwang, CEO of Wistron – one
of the companies putting together the next iPhone – has ‘confirmed’
that the iPhone 8 will be the first to come with wireless charging. 
“Assembly process for the previous generations of [iPhones]
have not changed much though new features like waterproof and wireless
charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function
will alter the assembly process a bit,” Hwang said at a meeting reported
on by the Nikkei Asian Review
14/6/17: A research note seen by Barron’s BlueFin
Research Partners claims that production of the iPhone 8, or ‘iPhone X’
is on schedule, with a limited launch planned for September. “Our
ongoing reads reinforce our earlier view that Apple will offer only
minimal units of the iPhone X at launch with improved availability in
October,” it says, adding that 13 million handsets will be available in
September. 
13/6/17: The iPhone 8’s front and back panels have allegedly surfaced online (above) courtesy of a Reddit
user citing ‘a friend in the industry’ who sourced them from China. If
legit, expect the iPhone 8 to sport a near bezel-less front, and the
back to be fully glass rather the usual aluminium build. The leak also
shows off the so-called iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, which also sport an
all-glass design and built-in wireless charging support.
12/6/17: Bloomberg
reports that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 won’t offer gigabit LTE speeds.
According to the report, Apple is looking to both Qualcomm and Intel to
supply cellular modems for the next-gen iPhone, but Intel’s upcoming XMM
7480 will only support speeds of up to 450Mbps. Apple will, Bloomberg reports, hold back the capabilities of the Qualcomm-powered devices to match those of the Intel-powered devices. 
7/6/17: iDropNews has got its mitts on the “most realistic” iPhone 8 render yet (below)
which points to a full-screen design with a cutout at the top for the
speaker and front-facing camera. The same report points to an
under-screen fingerprint scanner, baked-in wireless charging support
and front-facing “3D dual camera lens system” to add support for facial
and iris recognition. 
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8/6/17: A report at ET News
claims Apple has ordered 80 million flexible OLED displays from Samsung
in preparation for the launch of the iPhone 8. The report claims that
while the handset won’t offer a Galaxy S8-esque curved display, the
screen will “cover the entire front body of the device”. 
6/6/17: Apple announced iOS 11 (below)
at WWDC on Monday, which gives us some clues about the upcoming iPhone
8. Apple’s new ARKit developer tool, for example, hints that augmented
reality will be a big focus of the new iPhone, while replacing the JPEG
file format with HEIF hints that the iPhone 8 will pack a more powerful
camera than the iPhone 7. Siri will also be smarter on the iPhone 8,
with iOS 11 bringing more contextual awareness, which means it’ll serve
up content based on what you’re doing.
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5/6/17: A so-called ‘Foxconn Insider’ has taken to Reddit
to spill some details about Apple’s next iPhone, which they refer to as
the ‘iPhone X’. The source claims the handset will be “like an iPhone 7
with glass and without the AuthenTec’s capacitive touch module”, noting
that it will instead feature a built-in retina scanner. The source also
points to feature 3GB RAM, wireless charging and – like the iPhone 7
before it – water resistant.
2/6/17: The iPhone 8 has been sized up
against a slew of other smartphones, including the Galaxy S8 and Nexus
6P, courtesy of OnLeaks (below). The image shows that the iPhone 8 will
be about the same size as the Huawei P10, and marginally smaller than Samsung’s latest flagship.
30/5/17: There has been a double whammy of iPhone 8 leaks over the bank holiday weekend. The first comes courtesy of SlashLeaks,
which has its hands on an image of an iPhone 8 dummy in a protective
case, showcasing the phone’s dual cameras and glossy design. The second,
again, comes via Geskin, who has posted a CAD image on Twitter (below). He notes that the circle on the rear is the location of the Apple logo, not a rear-facing fingerprint scanner.
26/5/17: Geskin is back at it, and claims
to have the scoop on when the iPhone 8 will launch and arrives on
shelves (below). INQ ain’t convinced, though, as he’s claiming that
Apple will launch the smartphone on a Sunday, whereas the firm typically
opts for a mid-week unveiling. 
24/5/17: Notorious tipster Benjamin Geskin has posted a video (below)
of an alleged iPhone 8 dummy that might give us our first glimpse of
the handset’s final design. The 10-second clip shows off the handset’s
glass and metal bezel-less design and seems to confirm rumours that the
iPhone 8 will pack a dual camera setup on its rear.

23/5/17: 
Alleged
moulds of Apple’s upcoming iPhones have appeared online, showing the
size difference between the so-called iPhone 7S, 7S Plus and iPhone 8.
If legit, the iPhone 8 won’t be much larger than the 4.7in iPhone 7S,
suggesting that it will sport much smaller, Galaxy S8-style bezels and
no home button. 
The leak also shows that the iPhone 8 will be the only
handset to sport a vertically-aligned dual camera sensor on its rear,
along with a a longer power button on its side, which some speculate
could house a fingerprint sensor.
11/4/17: A report at Digitimes
(ugh) claims that TSMC has begun production of the 10nm A11 chip that’s
set to make its debut inside the iPhone 8, having previously ran into
issues  involving stacking components in the backend integrated fan-out
packaging process. 
24/4/17: An alleged iPhone 8 ‘dummy unit’ has surfaced online.
If legit, it reveals that the smartphone will feature an edge-to-edge
display, a 2.5D curved glass design and a vertical dual camera setup,
although there’s no sign of the rumoured rear-facing Touch ID sensor.
13/4/17: Reports claim that Apple is having issues embedded the Touch ID sensor into the OLED display a
note by analyst Timothy Arcuri from Cowen and Company, which could see
production of the smartphone delayed. Either that, or the firm could be
forced to either remove the fingerprint sensor completely or to move it
to the rear of the phone.
31/3/17: A new report claims to have dug up some more information about the iPhone 8, and claims that it will feature a vertical dual camera set-up on its rear, alongside a repositioned fingerprint sensor. 
2/3/17: An analyst has rubbished claims that the iPhone 8 will come with a USB-C connector, but says that Apple might adopt Type-C Power Delivery for faster charging.
28/2/17: A shady rumour claims that Apple’s next smartphone(s) might dump the firm’s proprietary Lighting port in favour of USB-C.
However, the report doesn’t explicitly state that the USB-C port will
be on the handset itself, which suggests that Apple could instead be
planning to change the connector on its power adapters.
10/2/17: KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said in a report that all three of Apple’s upcoming iPhones will feature wireless charging.
9/2/17: Fast Company claims that the iPhone 8 could be the first Apple smartphone to smash the $1,000 barrier,
thanks to the firm’s shift to OLED technology and the increasing price
of RAM. The report also adds that the iPhone 8 will arrive as a “special
edition” 5.8in model, alongside the 4.7in and 5.5in iPhone 7S and
iPhone 7 Plus. 
8/2/17: Reports claim that Apple will start production of the next iPhone earlier than usual in a bid to ensure demand is met when it arrives in September.
19/1/17: The iPhone 8 could feature futuristic laser-powered face-scanning tech,
according to a research note distributed to clients by Cowen and
Company, that will let users unlock their devices via facial recognition
as opposed to Touch ID. The same note also points to a 5.8in iPhone 8
model with a ‘wraparound display’, and adds weight to previous rumours
of built-in wireless charging.
21/12/16: Leaked documents have pointed to
Apple releasing three new iPhones in 2017, which are currently being
referred to as D20, D21, and D22. The leak, via Apple Insider,
also adds weight to the rumours that the high-end model will feature an
almost edge-to-edge AMOLED display, adding that this model will also
break the logic board into two discrete units, with the phone’s main
hardware stored on one and WiFi on the other.
24/11/16: Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who else) has claimed that the iPhone 8 will feature an ‘all-glass’ design,
in order to facilitate high-speed wireless charging support. This also
means, if true, that it’ll be more shatter-proof than the metal-clad
iPhone 7 before it. 
1/11/16: Foxconn has reportedly started making wireless charging modules for the iPhone 8, although the same report claims that this technology could be reserved for the high-spec iPhone 8 Pro model. 
31/10/16: The CEO of Sharp, Tai Jeng-wu, has all but confirmed that the iPhone 8 will be the first to pack an OLED display. He said: “The iPhone has been evolving and now it is switching from LTPS [low-temperature poly-silicon] to OLED panels.”
29/03/16: KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has penned a note to investors about Apple’s so-called iPhone 7S, or iPhone 8, claiming it will offer a radical redesign, supporting a ‘completely new form factor’
more similar to the iPhone 4 than the iPhone 7. The same report claims
that the iPhone 8 will sport an AMOLED display and a Galaxy Note 7-style
iris scanner.

29/01/16: A report out of Bloomberg claims that Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone will ship with a new contact-free wireless charging technology.
This would, according to the report, would allow iPhones and iPads to
be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current
smartphones.

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