iPhone 8: Release date, price, rumours and news about Apple’s 2017 iPhone
Apple only just launched its iPhone 7 a few months ago, but many eyes are already turning to next year’s model, the iPhone 8, which is expected to be Apple’s biggest launch in years
The iPhone 7 was only released in September, but with the latest model featuring only iterative upgrades, many Apple fans are already looking ahead to the iPhone 8.
2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the iPhone , which was first announced by Steve Jobs on 9 January 2007, and released later that year on June 29.
Given the momentous occasion, rumour has it that Apple has been holding back some of its most groundbreaking features for this year’s model – which many expect to be called the iPhone 8 .
We’ve rounded up all the latest rumours and leaks, so if you’re unimpressed by the iPhone 7’s features, you’ll know what the next version has in store.
The latest report suggests that one of the iPhone 8’s most highly-anticipated features may fail to materialise.
For months, rumours have been circulating that Apple’s next flagship smartphone will feature a curved OLED display – similar to the one on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
However, a new report from IHS Markit claims that the forthcoming iPhone will have a flat display , more closely resembling the new LG G6 .
“We anticipate Apple will adopt a flat implementation of OLED design on their special iPhone model, which is analogous to the current 2.5D glass design,” IHS Markit analyst Wayne Lam told MacRumors .
“Much like the recently announced LG G6, we anticipate a touchscreen with a new longer aspect ratio design to take advantage of higher coverage area of the iPhone in its entirety.
“This new design language is expected to become the trend for 2017, as we all anticipate Samsung’s reveal later this month.”
Apple traditionally releases its latest iPhone in the first two weeks of September, in good time for the start of the Christmas shopping season.
However, a new report hints that Apple may break with tradition this year and launch its next flagship smartphone earlier than expected.
According to information gathered by boutique research firm BlueFin Research Partners and shared by Barron’s Tech Trader Daily , there is “some indication” that Apple will start production of the iPhone 8 in June.
If Apple is feeling particularly nostalgic, it may opt for June 29 – the same day the first iPhone was released.
However, others claims that Apple will announce its new phones in the autumn, as usual, and begin selling them soon afterwards, and even BlueFin notes that it’s not clear whether kicking off production early will translate to an earlier release date.
That means we’re more likely to see Apple to unveil its new handset on either the week of September 4 or September 11.
Apple products are not exactly known for being cheap. When the company launched its ‘budget’ iPhone 5c in 2013, it still cost an eye-watering £469.
But the latest reports suggest that Apple’s next device will be its most expensive yet, exceeding the $1,000 (£795) mark for the first time.
The price was reportedly leaked to The Fast Company by “a source with knowledge of Apple’s plans”.
The source said that Apple will be launching three devices this year – a massive 5.8-inch model (likely called the iPhone 8), a 5.5-inch model (called iPhone 7s Plus), and a 4.7-inch model (called iPhone 7s).
The iPhone 8 will reportedly have a new OLED display that will stretch across the whole front of the phone.
This is part of the reason for the high price tag, according to the source, as the OLED display will cost Apple roughly twice as much as the LCD display used in current iPhones.
The new phone is also likely to get a memory upgrade from the current iPhone 7 line, which will add to the cost of manufacturing the device.
Based on Apple’s well-established “tick-tock” cycle, the 2017 model would be called the iPhone 7s.
The tick-tock cycle refers to Apple releasing a new design every two years, and new features within the same casing on alternate years (which are usually known as “s” models).
However, rumour has it that Apple is moving to a three-year cycle on major iPhone refreshes.
This, combined with the fact that next year is the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, suggests that Apple’s 2017 model will be a fairly major upgrade.