Leak adds weight to rumours that Touch ID could be dumped altogether
WE KNOW. The iPhone 8 is know a month away but that has not stopped Consideration 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.
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.
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.
Apple iPhone 8 specs
Release Early September 2017
Frame Stainless steel chassis, flat all-glass design
Screen 5.8in edge-to-edge AMOLED display, cheaper 5.5in and 4.7in models using LCD
Processor Apple A11 quad-core, running iOS 11
RAM 2GB, 3GB for Plus model
Battery ‘True’ wireless charging up to 15ft, also wired
Camera Dual lens 12MP, single lens for cheaper models
Connectivity USB Type-C or Lightning
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.
iPhone 8 , Leaked Design Images
Apple has a blockbuster of a redesign up its sleeve to celebrate.
Here’s what else we expect from the new design, and the leaked images we’ve seen to back it all up.
We’re pretty sure now that the iPhone 8 will have a screen running almost edge to edge, with a slimmed-down bezel of just 4mm on each side. An image of this design, also showing the loss of the Home button and the rumored ‘notch’ along the top edge, has been spotted in the Home Pod’s firmware. (It also offers clues about face-unlocking features, the lack of a Home button, tap to wake and much more.
The 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone 8 will be the first Apple device to come with quick and wireless charging, Apple’s recently leaked Home Pod firmware appears to confirm.
iOS developer Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) spotted that the battery icon in iOS 11 uses a different icon in Apple’s beta firmware, presence of the two new charging options now more or less confirmed to be a part of the iPhone 8.
Such a move had already been suggested by several rumors that the next iPhone would include the Qi wireless charging standard already used by many Samsung and Android phones – Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium, which centres around Qi, back in February.
A wireless charging option isn’t the only feature teased by the firmware for Apple’s Home Pod smart speaker, which was released seemingly by accident over the weekend (see below). The leak also appears to confirm an infrared face unlock feature which could be used as an improved security system for logging in, authenticating payments and launching secure apps.
However, Apple is predicting revenue of between $49 billion and $52 billion in Q4 2017, which is up from the $42.4 billion reported for the year’s third quarter, prompting speculation that its original September release is back on track.
The updated screen design and additional features expected to be a part of Apple’s next iPhone release have seemingly been confirmed by new Home Pod firmware.
One tweet by developer Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) indicates that the next iPhone release will feature infra-red face unlock in BiometricKit and other tools. Bloomberg previously reported something similar, claiming Apple was testing an improved security system for logging in, authenticating payments and launch secure apps.