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The iPhone 8 release date is around the corner.
And it will probably be the best phone the world has ever seen.
Apple has ensured that the iPhone 8 is the most highly anticipated iPhone ever. Considering that Apple chose to make the iPhone 7 a carbon copy of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, we do expect that they have much more than they are willing to let out of the bag at the moment.
The iPhone 8 release date will coincide with the 10th anniversary of the smartphone.
It seems like yesterday when Steve jobs climbed up the podium to show us the future of the smartphone industry by gifting us with the first iPhone.
10 years down the lane, the tech giant is still rocking our world with every iPhone release.
This time around, Apple is set to commemorate the 10th anniversary by launching a possible futuristic smartphone- a fit that as never been witnessed in the 20th century.
Wait a minute; shouldn’t the next iPhone be dubbed iPhone 7s?
Probably. But as earlier mentioned, the next iPhone is set to feature some major advancement in technology; such that the “s” label just won’t work, this time, around.
The next generation iPhone will most likely be called the iPhone 8 and you can sit back as we dive into details on all iPhone 8 rumors, iPhone 8 specs and iPhone 8 features.
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iPhone 8 release date: When is the iPhone 8 coming out?
Fanboys have been asking, “When will the iPhone 8 be released to the public?”
Relax; the iPhone 8 is still months away from release. But we can hit our chest to say that 2017 is the year.
Nonetheless, the iPhone 8 release date will coincide with an Apple event as the case as always been.
Apple has the habit of launching its flagship phone in September, before pronouncing the date for pre-orders as well as shipping of their devices.
Other Apple smartphones are usually launched in the month of March, as was the case for the iPhone SE.
We expect that Apple will follow this trend and release the iPhone 8 in the fall of 2017. September 2017, to be precise.
Here’s a look back at previous iPhone launches:
¥ iPhone 7 » September 7
¥ iPhone 6S » September 9
¥ iPhone 6 » September 9
¥ iPhone 5S » September 10
¥ iPhone 5 » September 12
If the September tradition continues, then it is even easier to count the number of days left until the iPhone 8 release date.
What will the new iPhone be called? iPhone 7s or iPhone 8?
Why name this article “iPhone 8 release date” when we aren’t sure of what the new iPhone will be called?
The secret might have been let out of the bag as one of Apple employees referred to the device as the iPhone 8 during a talk with the business insider.
Until now, Apple has followed the trend of releasing a minor upgrade on its flagship phone, one year after its release.
These iPhones with minor upgrades usually has the letter “s” added to their names.
This can be exemplified with the iPhone 4s, which succeeded the iPhone 4.
Then came the iPhone 5s which also succeeded the iPhone 5.
We also have the iPhone 6s which came in 2015 following the iPhone 6 release of 2014.
The iPhone 7 was released in September 2016 and a simple guess would probably hint at a possible iPhone 7s release in 2017. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.
Apple has plans for bigger design changes in 2017, the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone.
The 2017 edition of the flagship device is expected to sport major upgrades that will make the “s” convention a no go area.
Indeed, if Apple decides to move straight from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 8, it would be a serious break in habit.
Luckily, Barclay’s analyst, Mark Moskowitz, supports our predictions as documented in a MacRumors report:
“There might be no ‘S’ cycle in C2017. Our conversations with industry participants suggest Apple could skip the “S” cycle next year and instead jump to iPhone 8.”
IPhone 8 release date >> Specs & features:
In preparation for the release of the iPhone 8, Apple has practically recycled the current design of the iPhone for 3 years as seen on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and now the iPhone 7.
It sounds like Apple is keeping the best for the last.
Recent iPhone 8 rumors have hinted at various new features from a buttonless all-glass design to the introduction of wireless charging and full waterproof makeup.
Let’s dive into details:
iPhone 8 rumors: Design
The highpoint of the iPhone 8 is expected to be the all-new glass design that will replace the aluminum body we have grown to love.
The new iPhone may have glass on the front and glass on the back. It reminds one of the iPhone 4, though.
Ming-Chi Kuo, an iPhone analyst, predicts that Apple is going to ditch the aluminum body that it’s been using since 2012 in favor of a glass back.
Moreover, the CEO of the company that makes iPhone metal cases claimed that one model of the iPhone will use a glass casing instead of a metal one.
The Samsung galaxy S7 edge exemplified the rare beauty that a glass design can bring to a smartphone.
The Samsung flagship smartphone has won many awards for innovation and creativity, particularly in the area of design.
It seems apple is set to walk the same path as Samsung in its upcoming phone releases.
An all glass design might be scary to those who drop their phones at every given opportunity.
This should not be the case as recent advancement has led to the development of metal hard glass without any significant increase in weight.
Since we all can testify to the strength of the iPhone 4(also had glass in front and at the back), we should expect nothing less than what apple has typified in its past releases.
Other rumors have hinted that there will be three versions of the iPhone with only one version sporting the all glass design described above while the remaining will come in the standard aluminum cover that Apple has used over the years.
iPhone 8 rumors: Display
The news around the block is that the iPhone 8 will sport an edge-to-edge OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display as against the traditional IPS (In-plane switching) display. The OLED is special for creating a better viewing experience with better color density and brightness.
The OLED is special for creating a better viewing experience with better color density and brightness.
Also, instead of requiring a power-hungry backlight, an OLED-based screen lights up individual pixels when necessary.
What this means is that you get true black – i.e. a pixel is turned off – rather than the faux black created by a backlit LCD screen.
Apple already uses AMOLED screens in its watches and this tech might be coming to the iPhone soon.
It’s been rumored that either LG or Samsung will win the contract to supply the iPhones OLED displays.
According to a report in April 206, the Korea Herald reported that Samsung beat LG to secure the production contract. This deal was reportedly valued at $2.59 billion, and it empowers Samsung to supply 100 million 5.5-inch OLED panels for the iPhone.
Then, on July 13, 2016, a contrasting Bloomberg report said that LG is still in the race to win the contract for the production of the OLED panels. The report said that LG is keen to beat out Samsung’s display arm.
It won’t be surprising, though, if both companies win a varying percentage of the contract due to the huge demand that is been anticipated for the iPhone 8.
To make things more interesting, it is possible that Apple may go as far as to eliminate the top and bottom bezels. Thus making a front that is “all-screen”.
The perfect way for apple to accomplish this is to do without the physical home button. And that’s what we are likely to see in the fall of 2017.
Piper Jaffrey analyst Gene Munster (who doesn’t have a good track record, FYI), suggested that the iPhone 7 wouldn’t have a Home button, thanks to the new 3D Touch technology introduced with the iPhone 6s.
Eliminating the home button means that Apple will have to move the touch ID to another part of the phone and that part is likely to be the screen.
Yes, the iPhone 8 screen is most likely going to house the fingerprint sensor. The first of its kind.
A patent filed back in March 2015 states: “The man-machine interface device comprises an electronic display apparatus that is capable of presenting graphic text, images, icons, and other data typically shown on a screen, while further including a transparent finger touch sensor region that is seated above the display apparatus.”
What this implies is that Apple already has the necessary technology to hide the touch ID within the iPhone’s screen. The iPhone 8 may be that device that will prove us right.
An impossible rumor about the iPhone 8’s display is that the curved-glass design and also that the sides of the phone could be used for virtual active buttons like what is seen on the Samsung galaxy S7 edge. But unlike the S7 edge, digital knobs on the curved screen’s display will also replace the volume and camera buttons.
The sum of it all is that the iPhone 8 will lack a physical button.
This is a great innovation. But are we ready for such an upgrade? Time will tell.
iPhone 8 rumors :processor
This is probably the easiest prediction to make.
Since the iPhone 7 runs on an A10 chip, it’s only logical that the iPhone 8 runs on an A11 chip.
The A11 chip will definitely be faster, smaller and more energy efficient than previous processors.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited has begun to tape out the design for the A11 chip and it is likely that the first set of chips will be sent to Apple for validation during the first quarter of 2017.
Following validation by Apple, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited will produce a small volume of the A11 chip in the second quarter of 2017, with mass-manufacturing kicking off in the third quarter.
In relation to the iPhone software, and following the release of the ios 10 in 2016, we expect that the iPhone 8 will run ios 11 in partnership with the A11 chip come 2017.
The new features in this release still remain secret, but we will keep you updated as soon as we get hold of more information.
iPhone 8 rumors: Wireless Charging
Why is it that iPhones don’t have the Wireless charging technology?
It is now commonplace for flagship android phones to support the wireless charging technology.
As in recent times, Apple is coming late to the games. As of now, we have reasons to believe that the tech giant is working on a much-improved version of wireless charging.
The new technology will support the long-range wireless charging technology, which is superior to the wireless charging methods used by most devices.
Unlike the rest, which require devices to be as close as possible to a charging source, long range wireless charging gives room for more distance.
News emanating from the web showed that Apple as been working on a long range wireless charging as far back as 2015.
However, there are challenges that must be surmounted including how to overcome the loss of power transfer efficiency that occurs when the distance between the transmitter and the receiver is increased.
VentureBeat believes that Apple is working with Energous (a company that’s developed a long-range wireless charging solution called WattUp) to execute this plan.
According to our sources, VentureBeat, upon studying Energous’ latest prospectus, has come to the obvious conclusion that Apple’s latest devices will indeed be supporting the long range wireless charging technology.
We cannot confidently affirm that the iPhone 8 is the device to feature this technology, but we will undoubtedly hear more on Apple’s wireless charging plans in the months to come.
Meanwhile, another rumor circulating the web is that the iPhone 8 will come with a reversible USB charger.
The connector device will have a Lightning connector on one end and a new reversible USB connector on the other end.
Don’t put this to heart. If anything of such will come up, it’s not likely going to start with the iPhone 8.
iPhone 8 rumors: battery life
There is nothing much to say about what to expect for the battery life in the new flagship device.
We do hope that the least Apple will do is to maintain its current battery standard in the iPhone 8.
The iPhone 6S sports a 1,715mAh lithium ion battery, which Apple says offers 14 hours of talk time, 11 hours of video playback, and 10 days of standby time.
Nonetheless, it seems consumers have begun to complain about poor battery life in Apple devices as compared with their android counterparts.
The Samsung Galaxy s7 edge features a 2500mAh battery, which is far ahead of the iPhone battery.
However, battery life isn’t entirely dependent on battery size. Other factors like processor and GPU, the screen technology, software, and a host of other components determine the rate of energy consumption.
So just because the iPhone might have a smaller battery cell doesn’t necessarily mean it is less effective than its android counterparts.
iPhone 8 rumors: camera
We aren’t expecting much change in the camera department, as Apple only just equipped the iPhone 7 plus with the dual-lens snapper.
Apple fans are hoping that the dual-lens feature will trickle down to the standard version of the iPhone.
This is unlikely as Ming-Chi Kuo already affirmed that the high cost of mounting the dual-lens cameras meant the feature will only be exclusive to high-end iPhone models for now.
He also speculated that the telephoto lens in the dual-lens camera might get optical image stabilization.
So far, only the wide-angle lens does feature optical image stabilization.
Are we expecting apple to upgrade the 12MP rear camera to 16MP? Not likely.
The same can be said for the front-facing camera, as Apple only just upped that to 7MP for the iPhone 7.
iPhone 8 rumors: retina scanner
Can you imagine a situation where the iPhone takes the picture of anyone who uses your iPhone once it has been reported stolen?
Well, that feature is about to find its way into the iPhone.
The US Patent and Trademark Office has published a patent that describes a new biometric feature on the iPhone.
The patent – titled ‘Biometric capture for unauthorized user identification’ – describes a system by which an iPhone or iPad’s Touch ID module, camera, and other sensors would retain information on any unauthorized user trying to gain access to the device.
This can only mean that a facial recognition technology or a possible Iris scanner will find its way into the iPhone 8.
KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, who is a trusted source for possible iPhone features, has also corroborated this piece of information.
Apple has always prided itself in the advanced security features of its devices. It seems they are now planning to add this extra layer of protection.
No one knows for sure whether this technology will be available before Apple begins mass production of the iPhone 8.
Xintec, a Taiwan-based company, is being tipped as the supplier for the iris scanning chips and it will be expected that mass production of the component will start in early 2017.
iPhone 8 rumors: TAPTIC ENGINE
Nikkei, a Japanese site, released a report suggesting that Apple is working on a “high-performance motor” that’s able to “create more complex tactile vibrations.”
This should be the case if Apple is indeed planning to eliminate the physical home button on the iPhone 8.
Haptic feedback could offer vibrations to denote triggers like the unlocking of the iPhone and the confirmation of input actions on your iPhone.
iPhone 8 price In Uk, Us, India & Australia
Don’t be in a haste to discover the price of the iPhone 8. Will Apple stick to the iPhone 7 price or we should be expecting another raise in price?
Notwithstanding, a starting price of around $649/£599/AU$1,079, rising potentially to around $849/£799/AU$1,379 for the largest (probably 256GB) storage size should be anticipated.
Here’s a list detailing how much Apple charged for its previous flagship phones at launch:
¥ iPhone 5 – £529
¥ iPhone 5S – £549
¥ iPhone 6 – £539
¥ iPhone 6S – £539
¥ iPhone 7 – £599
From this list, it is almost impossible to predict how much more or less Apple will be going for its flagship phone.
Will the iPhone 8 be the best iPhone yet?
That’s a tough question, and only time will tell.
The real question is: “Are you willing to wait for the iPhone 8 before purchasing your next smartphone?”
In the meanwhile, expect smartphone releases from iPhone competitors including the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG G7, HTC 11, Moto X (2017), and other android devices.
Apple has so much to prove in the iPhone 8.
Was it worth releasing a similar design for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 over a period of 3 years in preparation for the iPhone 8?
Was it worth sacrificing the iPhone 7 for the promise of a more excellent iPhone 8?
Like we have been saying thus far, only time will tell.
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