With iPhone 8 rumors starting to emerge at a rapid pace, we’re starting to get questions about Apple’s iPhone 8 release date. Here are a few things we think prospective iPhone 8 buyers need to know right now.
As we push into 2017 we’re starting to hear 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 starting to popup 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.
iPhone 8 rumors are emerging at a steady pace as we push away from September’s iPhone 7 release. The likely successor to Apple’s current flagship models are probably months away but we’re already seeing potential features firm up.
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.”
While there is conflicting information out there, sources agree Apple will stick with its fall launch for the 2017 iPhone.
iPhone 8 vs. 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.
New iPhones Rumored for March
If you’re in the hunt for a new iPhone you’ll want to circle the month of March (in pencil) on your calendar.
If rumors are to be believed, Apple will launch new iPhones before the iPhone 8 release date later this year.
This event isn’t confirmed and the source can be hit-or-miss but the company typically hosts a March launch event as a bridge between the iPhone launch in September and WWDC in June.
Last year, the company used its March event to confirm a new iPad Pro, the iPhone SE, and the iOS 9.3 release.
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.
iPhone 8 Price: Start Saving Now
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.
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.
The LG G6 flagship is expected to launch in late February with a powerful set of specs and an improved design. It’s also expected to run Google’s Android Nougat operating system.
Samsung is also cooking up a successor to the Galaxy S7, one of the best alternatives to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7.
Like the LG G6, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to arrive in early 2017 with some major changes including large high-resolution displays, dual cameras, and tons of storage. Similar to what the next iPhone will 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.
New iPhone 8 Design to Enable Features
Everyone wants a new iPhone 8 design, but most people don't know what changes they actually want.
We're leading off our iPhone 8 feature wishlist with a new iPhone 8 design because it is a key part of enabling new iPhone 8 features.
After sticking with a very similar design for three years there is an expectation of major changes for the 2017 iPhone and here are the things we would love to see Apple do with a new design.
Shrink the overall size of the iPhone 8 Plus without lowering the screen size. Apple could do this by shrinking the bezels on the sides and bottom of the iPhone some to offer a smaller overall package.
Apple could choose to change where you use Touch ID and how the home button works in new ways to make this happen.
We definitely don't want a phone that is slim just to be slim, especially not at the price of battery life, but there is something to be said about an iPhone 8 design that trims some fat.
The Jet Black iPhone 7 feels different than all the other colors. While it is more susceptible to scratches it is easier to grip, which is something we can definitely see Apple add to the new iPhone 8.
KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kou predicts the iPhone 8 design will look include an all glass front and back with stainless steel metal on the edges of premium models. This could come together for an iPhone 8 design that looks like a cross between the iPhone 4s and the Jet Black iPhone 7.