iPhone 8 release date, specs and price: Apple ‘dumps’ white model as launch delayed until ‘late 2017’

Report claims colour variation will be ‘few’

iPhone 8 tipped to have 'significantly improved' battery life in new leak
This is the iPhone 8. Probably

YEAH, WE KNOW. 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.

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.

Price
If 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.

A new report at Forbes claims that pricing could start at an eye-watering $1,100 to $1,200, with Apple to offer the handset in 128GB and 256GB configurations only.

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
27/7/17: 
A new report from Macotakara adds yet more weight to speculation that the iPhone 8 will be plagued by delays and shortages, and claims that it won’t be released until the end of the year. The same report claims that Apple will not produce a white version of the iPhone 8, adding that colour variation will be “few”.

26/7/17: In a note seen by Apple Insider, Jun Zhang from Rosenblatt Securities writes that full production of the iPhone 8 won’t begin in earnest until the end of September. This, he claims, is due to Touch ID issues, with Apple working to iron out issues with the scanner before the smartphone launches. The report predicts that Apple will produce 25 million “iPhone 8” units in September, and another 60 million in the holiday quarter.

24/7/17: A new leak courtesy of Forbes claims that the iPhone 8 will feature a “significantly improved” battery life. This will be due to a new L-shaped battery configuration that should deliver iPhone 7 Plus-beating stamina, but in a significantly smaller chassis, it claims. The same report claims that pricing for the iPhone will start from $1,100 to $1,200, with Apple to offer the handset in 128GB and 256GB configurations.

21/7/17: J.P. Morgan Apple analyst Rod Hall has said that Apple’s 10th anniversary will launch as the ‘iPhone Pro’, and said it will be available in limited quantities from September, debunking previous talk of delays. Hall claims that around two million handsets will be available from September, lower than his previous nine million estimates.

19/7/17: There’s yet more talk of the iPhone 8 arriving later than usual, with iGeneration reporting that Apple will unveil the handset in October. Interestingly, it claims the firm plans to unveil a new iPhone 5SE device at an event in August. Yeah, we’d advise to take this rumour with a pinch of salt.

17/7/17: Forbes claims to have revealed the ‘final design’ of the iPhone 8, having received CAD files from case designer Nodus. The report claims that “fears Apple would fall back on a less ambitious Plan B are unfounded” and says that users can expect to find the long-rumoured bezel-less design, 5.8in display and vertically-aligned rear-facing camera. The images (below) also reveal that the iPhone 8’s power button will be twice as big as that found on the iPhone 7, fuelling speculation that Apple could copy Sony with Touch ID integrated into the switch.

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14/7/17: Apple might equip the iPhone 8 with a 3D laser system to make for better augmented reality (AR) functionality. So says Fast Company, which reports that the rear-facing laser will enable better depth detection for augmented reality apps, and a more accurate type of autofocus for photography.

12/7/17: A report at Fast Company claims Apple is in a flurry of ‘panic’ as it works around the clock to fix software bugs plaguing the iPhone 8. According to the report, Apple is struggling with issues plaguing the phone’s wireless charging support and its 3D sensor, which previous rumours have claimed will replace Touch ID on the 10th anniversary iPhone. If these issues are not ironed out, the report notes, the iPhone 8 could face production and delivery delays.

10/7/17: According to John Gruber, the iPhone 8’s wireless charging accessory may not be readily available when the handset launches later this year. This suggests that wireless charging won’t be supported out of the box, and will instead require a separate, no doubt proprietary, accessory.

 

 

A separate rumour, courtesy of Benjamin Geskin, claims the iPhone 8 will have a ‘mirror-like’ finish (above) that will be available in four colours at launch.

5/7/17: Alleged retail packaging (below) for the iPhone 8 has surfaced online, courtesy of Weibo. It shows a dual-camera setup that’s mounted vertically instead of a horizontal configuration that you saw on the iPhone 7 Plus but seems to suggest that Apple will stick to an aluminium design. This is unlikely given the huge number of rumours pointing to a redesigned glass chassis, so we’d advise taking this rumour with a hefty pinch of salt.

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4/7/17Bloomberg has added weight to an analyst’s predictions that the iPhone 8 could dump Touch ID and is reporting that Apple is testing an “improved security system” that will enable users to log in, authenticate payments and launch secure apps by scanning their face. This, the report claims, will be powered by a new 3D sensor that will allow it to scan a face and unlock the iPhone without “a few hundred milliseconds”, and looks set to replace the current Touch ID system.

3/7/17: It’s a big day for iPhone leaks, as KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed in his latest report, seen by 9to5Mac, that the 5.2in iPhone 8 might feature no Touch ID sensor. This seems odd to us, but Kuo claims that Apple likely faced ‘technical issues’ which prevented it from equipping the upcoming iPhone with a screen-embedded Touch ID sensor. Instead, the iPhone 8’s front-facing camera will enable face recognition, according to the report.

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 shown 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.

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