In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8.
This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. To celebrate the occasion, Apple just might be preparing something big. Rumors have it that the company is working on a new iPhone generation that consists of three models, and not just two like last year. It’s likely that we’ll see the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, which will basically be slightly upgraded versions of their predecessors, and the flagship of the series, the iPhone 8.
In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the iPhone 8 in terms of specs, release date, design, and more. If you’re interested in what the other two models will bring to the table, check out our iPhone 7s and 7s Plus rumor roundup post.
The upcoming iPhone 8 will obviously be a high-end device and should come with a few new features as well as a new design that follows the latest market trends. The smartphone will go head to head with other flagships running Android including the Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC U11, LG G6, and others.
You’ll find everything you need to know about the iPhone 8 down below. Just keep in mind that these are just rumors for now, so do take them with a grain of salt. As expected, Apple hasn’t confirmed any of them and likely won’t share any specific details about the upcoming smartphone prior to its reveal.
Apple iPhone 8 Release date
Apple hasn’t sent out press invites to its event yet, but we have a good idea of when the iPhone 8 release date will be. The company traditionally takes the wraps off a new iPhone generation in September, and we expect that things won’t be any different this year.
Let’s look at some dates and try to figure out when exactly will the iPhone 8 release date and announcement day will be. The last two iPhone generations were actually announced on the last day of IFA, the trade show Apple never attends. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were revealed on September 7, while their predecessors made their debut on September 9. This year, Europe’s largest consumer electronics trade show will end on September 6, which is the date the iPhone 8 might be revealed.
Of course, this is pure speculation, but even if it turns out to be wrong, we do expect to see the upcoming smartphone in the first half of September.
Although new iPhones normally go up for pre-order a few days after their announcement and on sale a week or two later, things might be a bit different when it comes to the iPhone 8. Due to supply shortages of AMOLED displays the smartphone should come with — more on this later — it might actually be released in October or possibly even November. There’s still an option you’ll be able to get it in September shortly after its release, but the device may only be available in limited quantities at that time.
Apple iPhone 8 Specs
So what do we get when it comes to iPhone 8 specs? Let’s start with the display. According to the most recent iPhone specs rumors, the iPhone 8 is expected to sport a 5.8-inch AMOLED screen supplied by Samsung. Just like the one found on the Samsung Galaxy S8, it will likely have an 18.5:9 aspect ratio with extremely thin bezels surrounding it. If true, this will be the first iPhone with an AMOLED screen instead of an LCD one. AMOLED displays do have their fair share of advantages, as they offer better contrast, more vibrant colors, and are more energy efficient.
The upcoming smartphone should be powered by the 10nm A11 Fusion chipset and come with 3 GB of RAM, just like the iPhone 7 Plus. There will reportedly only be two storage options available: 64 GB and 256 GB.
A dual-camera setup is also expected, which will likely still feature two 12 MP sensors. This doesn’t mean that the camera will be the same as the one on the iPhone 7 Plus, as we do expect it to have a few new tricks up its sleeve with one of them being AR (augmented reality) capabilities.
The iPhone 8 is also rumored to come with a facial recognition feature that will allow you to unlock the device just by looking at it from the right angle. This obviously isn’t new, as we have seen other devices using this technology in the past, which hasn’t proven itself to be the safest one out there. For example, the facial recognition on the Galaxy S8 was actually tricked by a photo.
Although the iPhone 7 series is already waterproof, the iPhone 8 might take a small step forward in this area. If iPhone 8 specs rumors prove accurate, it might jump from an IP67 to an IP68 rating, which basically means that the smartphone will survive in up to 1.5 meters of water for a period of 30 minutes.
Other rumors worth mentioning are that the smartphone might ditch the Lightning port in favor of USB Type-C, could support wireless charging, and will run iOS 11. Apple could reportedly also switch to a stacked mainboard internal design, which would open up some additional space that should allow for a bigger battery. Paired with the already mentioned AMOLED display, the upcoming smartphone could offer a better battery life than the current iPhone generation.
Apple iPhone 8 Design
Quite a few different images and renders allegedly showing the iPhone 8 design have leaked so far, giving us a great look at what to expect from the upcoming smartphone.
iOS app developers have uncovered an icon in HomePod’s firmware showing an outline of the device that appears to be the iPhone 8. It reveals a few important things about it including that it might feature an edge-to-edge display with minimal bezels like the Galaxy S8 and LG G6, and that it won’t have a button below the screen which normally houses the fingerprint scanner — more on this later.
A couple of images claiming to show iPhone 8 dummy units more or less tell us the same story. We can see the large display up front that appears to have very thin bezels surrounding it, and the lack of the button at the bottom. Check it out below.
Unlike the iPhone 7 generation, the upcoming iPhone 8 is rumored to come with a glass back instead of a metal one, which you can see in the image above. It should also have a metal frame that will make it feel sturdy in the hand and have a vertical dual-camera arrangement instead of a horizontal setup.
The possible design was also revealed in a video released by OnLeaks and Tiger Mobiles. It shows what looks like a dummy unit of the upcoming iPhone 8 from all angles, leaving nothing to the imagination. You can check it out for yourself below.
The latest leak comes from Evan Blass, who posted an image of the upcoming smartphone in a bulky case on Twitter. In gives us a glimpse into its design, showing off the large screen wrapping around the camera and speaker at the top, just like on Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone.
A bunch of other renders and schematics of the iPhone 8 have leaked so far revealing everything from the device itself to just the front and back panels. A render of the iPhone 8 alongside the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus has also popped up online, showing that despite having a larger screen the upcoming device will actually have a smaller footprint than last year’s Plus version of Apple’s smartphone.
Apple iPhone 8 fingerprint scanner
If the images that have leaked so far are true, you’re probably wondering where exactly will the fingerprint scanner be positioned, right? After all, there’s no button on the front anymore to house the scanner, and the pictures show that it won’t be placed on the back either.
There are quite a few different options possible when it comes to this topic. The first one is that the iPhone 8 will feature an in-display fingerprint scanner, which basically means that you’ll be able to unlock the device by placing your finger on a certain part of the screen. Although we would love to see this happen, some reports claim that the smartphone likely won’t feature an in-display fingerprint scanner.
It appears that the technology just isn’t quite ready yet. This is the same reason why Samsung reportedly won’t use it on the upcoming Galaxy Note 8, which is scheduled to be announced on August 23 in New York City.
So if it won’t be located on the front of the device, there are only two other options left. The first is that it will be embedded in the side, just like on some Sony Xperia smartphones, while the second is that it will be positioned on the back. Of course, this would mean the images in the Design section above might not be completely accurate.
There’s also another option, which is that the device won’t have a fingerprint scanner on board at all. This means that users would then have to rely on the already mentioned facial recognition feature to unlock their device. Although this is probably the least possible option, it is still one that’s worth pointing out.
Apple iPhone 8 price
Apple’s iPhones are known for their premium price tags, and we don’t expect this to change this year. According to some rumors, the upcoming smartphone might even be the most expensive iPhone to date.
There are quite a few different reason for that. Among these are the larger AMOLED screen, wireless charging, and new biometrics features, just to name a few, all of which could potentially increase the price of the device. Although the exact pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet, the iPhone 8 is rumored to start at $1,000, with the 256 GB model costing around $100 more. In Europe, prices will vary from country to country as they always do and are expected to be higher than those in the US.
For comparison, the iPhone 7 Plus with 256 GB of storage retails for $969. This means that the same storage variant of the iPhone 8 could cost up to $130 more. This would also make the device a lot more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S8 that also features a 5.8-inch screen, which is the same size as the one the iPhone 8 is rumored to come with. The unlocked version of the smartphone launched at “just” $724.99 back in May and is currently available for $574.99 on Samsung’s website.
Because of the high demand and a lot of competition, smartphone prices have been going down in recent years. Well, at least when it comes to entry and some mid-range models. High-end smartphones, especially those with an Apple logo on them, are expected to move in the opposite direction. At this point, it’s still too early to say how exactly will this affect the company’s sales. However, as Apple does have a good number of hardcore fans, the sales number likely won’t suffer much because of the higher price tag.
So, there you have it. These are all the rumors we have come across so far regarding the iPhone 8. We’ll update this page as soon as we hear more.
Meanwhile, do let us know your thoughts on Apple’s upcoming smartphone. Do you think that a larger screen, a bezel-less design, facial recognition, and other features justify the rumored price hike? Share your opinion with us in the comment section below.