GM leak also points to new AirPods and an LTE Apple Watch
By Carly Page
THE LONG AWAITED iPhone 8 is officially launching in just over a week.
The smartphone, 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 correct, 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.
The iPhone 8 will be officially unveiled on 12 September. Apple has sent out invites (below) to a launch event in its newly-built Steve Jobs Theatre on its new campus, where it’s also expected to unveil the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus.
Naturally, Apple will stream the event on its website, and it’s expected to kick off at 6pm UK time.
Despite the iPhone 8’s imminent launch event, some reports claim that it might not be available to buy until the fourth quarter, and in limited quantities. 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 note from 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”.
However, German website Macerkopf claims that pre-orders of all the three 2017 iPhone models, including the iPhone 8, will begin on 15 September. Previous leaks suggest that it will arrive on shelves a week later on 22 September.
If it’s anything like Apple’s new MacBooks, next year’s iPhone will be more expensive than this year’s release, with some analysts claiming that the highest-spec model will be the first iPhone to cost more than $1,000.
More recently, Twitter tipster Benjamin Geskin has claimed that the entry-level 64GB iPhone 8 will fetch $999 (around £775), while 256GB and 512GB variants will fetch $1,099 (£850) and $1,119 (£930).
– 5.8in 2.5D OLED edge-to-edge display
– New design with an ‘all-glass’ construction
– 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
11/9/17: In what some are calling one of the “biggest leaks of all time÷, Apple has leaked the Golden Master (GM) version of iOS 11. The leak, according to 9to5Mac, reveals that the firm’s new flagship smartphone will arrive as the ‘iPhone X’ and will launch alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
Besides the name of Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone, the iOS 11 leak also confirms that facial recognition, dubbed ‘Face ID’, support is coming (below), which is expected to replace the Touch ID on the so-called iPhone X.
Other new features outed in the leak include, er, animated emoji (or ‘Animoji’) support, a Portrait Lighting mode for taking better selfies, True Tone Display and a rejigged lock button that will allow users to interact with Apple Pay and Siri in the absence of a physical home button. References to new Apple AirPods and a LTE-equipped Apple Watch have also cropped up in this mammoth leak.