iPhone 8 release date rumors are starting to emerge which means we’re starting to get questions about Apple’s iPhone 8 release. Here are a few things we think prospective iPhone 8 buyers need to know, right now, as we push toward WWDC 2017.
As we move into 2017 we’re hearing about the phones that will replace the popular devices from last year. Names like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, and LG G6 are popping up as we close in on key events and dates.
While many consumers have their eye on this year’s Android devices, others are interested in Apple’s rumored iPhone 8, also known as the iPhone 7s.
The 10th anniversary iPhone is rumored to have a new design, improved 3D Touch, wireless charging, and a new color option. Unsurprisingly, many people are asking us when they’ll be able to get their hands on the new device.
Apple hasn’t confirmed an iPhone 8 release date but there are a few things to know about the release as rumors pickup and as iPhone 8 competitors start emerging from the shadows.
iPhone 8 Release Date
iPhone 8 release date rumors are scarce but it’s easy to predict when we’ll probably see the next iPhone launch.
Apple is reportedly testing new iPhone models and the company’s suppliers are gearing up to produce the phone’s various components.
At this point, you should expect the iPhone 8 to emerge in September. We don’t have exact dates to share but this is the most logical window for Apple and its next iPhone model.
The iPhone Upgrade Program, which promises consumers a “new iPhone every year,” also locks the company into an annual release in and around the same time.
According to sources within Apple’s supply chain, iPhone 8 production could pickup steam in June, a bit earlier than usual. While exciting, it doesn’t necessarily mean an iPhone 8 release date will come earlier than September.
A conflicting report from Fast Company suggests the timing won’t change with production expected to start in May with a pickup in August.
The same report claims that “Apple is expected to announce its new phones in the fall and begin selling them shortly thereafter, as usual.”
Research from Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis, Christopher Hemmelgarn, Thomas O’Malley, and Jerry Zhang suggests Apple will launch the iPhone 8 in September though its release could be plagued with supply issues.
Suppliers generally had good things to say about the upcoming iPhone 8 launch (for our purposes iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone Pro) as new features drive a more complicated manufacturing process and higher ASPs. We now believe that all three devices will feature wireless charging and will all be launched in the normal September timeframe, although the majority of iPhone Pro volumes may not be available until Q4.
Another report from hit-or-miss publication Digitimes suggests production of an “iPhone 8” won’t begin until September.
While there is conflicting information out there, sources agree Apple will stick with its fall launch for the 2017 iPhone.
iPhone 8 or iPhone 7s
We, and many others, are calling the next iPhone the iPhone 8. While there’s a chance Apple will jump from iPhone 7 to iPhone 8, there’s also a chance it will be called something else.
Japanese site Mac Otakara, a solid source for Apple iPhone rumors, believes Apple will go with “iPhone 7s” and “iPhone 7 Plus” as the names of this year’s models. The source from the Fast Company also believes it will be called iPhone 7s.
We’ve also seen the name iPhone X thrown out there. X is the Roman numeral for 10 and the iPhone 8 will be the 10th iPhone model.
“S” iPhone models typically offer incremental changes and look similar to the model from the previous year. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s are the most recent examples.
So, as we push toward the release, note that rumors about “iPhone 8” and “iPhone 7s” could be talking about the same phone.
iPhone 8 Price
If you’re thinking about waiting for the iPhone 8 release date, start banking your money. It could be extremely expensive.
According to a recent report, the 2017 iPhone could cost upwards of $1000 thanks to the design change and the premium features on board.
It’s a lofty price point but it’s certainly within reason. Apple already sells its 256GB iPhone 7 Plus model for $949.
Best case scenario at this point? Apple keeps the iPhone 8’s price inline with the iPhone 7. And the iPhone 7 isn’t exactly what you call cheap.
Don’t Wait for iPhone 7 Deals
You don’t have to wait for the iPhone 8 release to get a good iPhone 7 deal.
We’ve seen a ton of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus deals emerge in the months since launch and we expect to see plenty more in the first half of 2017.
The “wait for the next iPhone to get a better deal on the current iPhone” mindset is outdated and you can save a ton of money right now.
Avoid These Accessories
This year’s iPhone is rumored to have a brand new design. Well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, another credible source, claims that Apple will ditch the aluminum design its been using since 2012 and shift to a glass-back. The glass back was last used with the iPhone 4s.
iPhone 8 design rumors are still a bit flimsy but you can expect at least one holdover from the iPhone 7’s makeup.
The iPhone 7 design ditched the popular 3.5mm headphone jack and we don’t expect Apple to look back. The iPhone 8 design will almost certainly ditch the headphone jack as well. So what does this mean for the iPhone 8 release?
If you’re planning to buy the iPhone 8 later this year, it would be wise to avoid buying products that utilize the port.
In other words, don’t invest any money into a pair of headphones that don’t feature Bluetooth support. They could become obsolete once you pickup your new phone later this year.
Best iPhone 8 Alternatives
As the iPhone 8 release gets closer it’ll be important to get familiar with the device’s various competitors.
Some of these devices, like the iPhone 7, are already out on shelves. Others are still in development behind the scenes and will be released before the iPhone 8 arrives later this year.
If you’re interested in the iPhone 8 release there are a few iPhone 8 competitors you should be paying attention to.
Samsung is also cooking up a successor to the Galaxy S7, one of the best alternatives to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is will arrive in early 2017 with some major changes including a large high-resolution display, a dual rear-camera, and tons of storage. This is very similar to what the next iPhone will probably offer.
If its been a long time since you looked at the competition, many things have changed. You can see our updated list of reasons the iPhone is better than Android and a list of reasons why Android is better than Apple’s iPhone.
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These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device. Most people do.
If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, know that iOS 10.3 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2.1 update had 14 important patches on board. You can see them all right here.
If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.3 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.
If security is important to you, iOS 10.3 is probably worth a download right now.