The iPhone 8 release date is less than six months away and in just over a month, we will learn about the new iOS 11 update that will show us many of the new iPhone 8 features. For the 10th iPhone Apple is reportedly skipping the iPhone 7s naming scheme to go with the iPhone 8, or something else that fits a major upgrade.
The latest iPhone 8 rumors point to major changes for the iPhone and consumers are already waiting to upgrade to a 2017 iPhone. Apple CEO Tim Cook told investors that “Earlier and much more frequent reports about future iPhones,” are slowing sales of the iPhone 7.
If the iPhone 7 is too similar to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6, this is an iPhone you should look forward to as all signs indicate that it will deliver a new design, new features and more reasons to upgrade from your old iPhone. Even though there is still a long wait ahead interest in the new iPhone outpaces that in the Galaxy S8.
iPhone 8 Release Date: September 2017 or October rumored
How Much Will the iPhone 8 Cost? $649 to over $1,000 depending on rumors and options.
What is the iPhone 8? The iPhone 8 is a brand new iPhone with a new design that will likely include a glass body, a new edge-to-edge OLED display that may include a built-in Touch ID sensor and front facing camera. We could also see major iPhone 8 upgrades that add Augmented Reality. Here are some of the iPhone 8 features we expect;
- Larger, OLED display
- Faster, more efficient Apple A11 Processor
- Wireless charging
- Brand new design
- No home button
- Augmented Reality – if the tech is ready
These match up with some of the iPhone 8 features we want to see most in 2017. Some of these could change as Apple routinely tests multiple iPhone prototypes in the lead up to a new iPhone announcement.
Now that you know the basics, it’s time to dive deeper into what those iPhone 8 features might look like, why Apple could make a major change and other important details like when you might be able to buy it.
iPhone 8 Release Date
Essential Detail: Expect an iPhone 8 release date in September 2017
You can count on an iPhone 8 release date in 2017, and in all likelihood one that takes place in September 2017. There is a small chance Apple may delay the release slightly.
Apple releases new iPhones in the fall, and for the last four years, every major iPhone announcement and release took place in September. This timing is further cemented by the annual upgrade program that allows participants to upgrade to the new iPhone every year.
Count on an Apple event in early September, with September 5th and 6th or September 12th and 13th as the most likely options, based on past actions.
The iPhone 8 release date will likely be on a Friday in mid to late September. This allows time for Apple to take iPhone 8 pre-orders after the event and coordinate shipping to buyers and to Apple stores for the release date.
There is a chance that Apple will push the iPhone 8 release date to later in the year. We see this happen with major updates to products and when Apple is still refining the experience. This happened with the iPad Pro, Mac Pro, AirPods and other devices.
The latest rumors suggest the iPhone 8 release date will arrive in September. This comes from DigiTimes and matches up with reports from Ming-Chi Kou. Kou warns that it may be tougher than usual to get the new iPhone on day one. A Barclays’ report backs up the September iPhone 8 release date with limited stock.
iPhone 8 Display
Essential Detail: Larger OLED Display, possibly edge-to-edge
The new iPhone 8 display is the most exciting aspect of the new iPhone. We continue to hear that Apple will use a flexible OLED display in one of the new iPhones. We may see several models this fall, and it is likely the iPhone 8 flagship that will come with new technology.
Bloomberg outlines a new stainless steel frame and a curved glass front for the iPhone 8. It’s not clear if Apple will put the Touch ID sensor under the screen, as this is proving challenging. There is a chance we could see it move to the back, like on the LG G6 and Galaxy S8.
Rumors going as far back as 2015 outline the deal and the progression of Apple’s drive to include a new OLED display in the iPhone 8. According to The Korea Herald, Samsung will deliver as much as 80% of the new iPhone 8 OLED displays.
We continue to hear that Apple will upgrade to a 5.8-inch screen on the iPhone 8. This may use a new 18:9 aspect ratio like the LG G6 and similar to the one found on the Samsung Galaxy S8. This screen size allows for a larger screen in a smaller area. With smaller bezels, this also means the iPhone 8 won’t be as big as a Galaxy Note despite the bigger size. For comparison, the Galaxy S8 uses a 5.8-inch screen and is very similar in size to the iPhone 7.
We will likely see an iPhone 8 with a larger 5.5-inch or 5.8-inch OLED display this year. The Korea Herald report says Apple will use a 5.5-inch display, while The Motley Fool states that Apple is planning on a larger 5.8-inch display.
Ming-Chi Kou of KGI Securities states that Apple plans to use a 5.8-inch display with no bezels. Kou’s reach into the Apple Supply Chain is unparalleled, and his reports are some of the most accurate for unannounced Apple Kou shares an image showing how the iPhone 8 with a 5.8-inch display could be similar in size to the iPhone 7 with a 4.7-inch display.
A bottom portion of the iPhone 8 screen could be dedicated to a function area where a virtual home button exists. If this sounds familiar, it’s how most Android phones work.
One reason for the wide range of iPhone 8 rumors is that Apple is reportedly working on more than 10 different iPhone 8 prototypes. iPhone 8 leaks may contain bits of information from any of these early iPhone 8 designs.
iPhone 8 Design
With Apple testing many iPhone 8 variations, it’s no surprise that we also see many different ideas for what the iPhone 8 design looks like.
Many of the current iPhone 8 design rumors are tied to the display, which may arrive as an edge-to-edge screen that brings curved edges and a front face that is all display without a traditional home button.
The Bloomberg report from Mark Gurman and Min Jeong Lee share an overview of the prototypes Apple is experimenting with, that could lead to a final design. This includes,
This includes, “One of the latest prototype designs includes symmetrical, slightly curved glass on the front and the back. The curves are similar in shape to those on the front of the iPhone 7. The new OLED screen itself is flat, while the cover glass curves into a steel frame. The design is similar conceptually to the iPhone 4 from 2010. An earlier prototype design had a thinner steel band, leaving more noticeable curved glass on the sides.”
We may see a design that brings glass back to the iPhone body, replacing the aluminum of the iPhone 7 with a glass back like we saw on earlier iPhone models. Stronger glass could make this possible without the same threat of breaking your iPhone with a simple drop.
A report in Nikkei cites Catcher Technology, a major Apple supplier, as saying there will be at least one iPhoen model with a glass design in 2017.
At this stage, you can count on an iPhone 8 with a water -resistant design, like the iPhone 7. It’s not likely that Apple will up the resistance to that of the Apple Watch, though. A Wall Street Journal report suggests Apple will use USB C connectivity with the iPhone 8, but this likely means packaging a Lightning to USB C cable with the iPhone instead of putting a USB C port in the iPhone 8. This report does point to the curved display we’ve heard rumored elsewhere.
In early March we got a look at another amazing iPhone 8 concept that shows off one of the best representations of the iPohone 8 rumors to date. iDropNews shares renders of an iPhone 8 with practically no bezels and a huge 5.8-inch OLED display.
There are already plenty of beautiful iPhone 8 concepts that show what a new iPhone could look like, but they are simply artistic interpretations. Rumors are all over the place about the design of the design of the iPhone 8 as well as what the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus could look like.
Don’t expect to see a headphone jack return this year, but you will likely still see a Lighting to 3.5mm adapter included in the box for at least one more year according to Barclays.
iPhone 8 Features & Specs
We are hearing about many iPhone 8 features, including potentially game-changing iPhone 8 features that change how you use the camera on the iPhone. The line between feature and spec is continually blurring as better specs enable new features so we’ll intermingle the two here.
Count on a new Apple A11 processor that is smaller, more powerful and able to deliver better battery life. That’s the trend in processors and we don’t expect it to change anytime soon. The iPhone 8 is expected to come with 3GB of RAM like the iPhone 7 Plus. Expect faster NAND storage in the iPhone 8, and there is a chance we will see more storage.
All signs point to Apple finally bringing wireless charging to the iPhone 8. Apple was experimenting with long-range wireless charging, but it looks like users may only see induction charging on a new iPhone in 2017. This is a fairly standard feature on Android phones like the Galaxy S7 and the LG G6.
JPMorgan analysts note that Apple could increase the volume from the iPhone 8 speakers and improve the waterproofing to an IP68 level.
We may see the iPhone 8 use a new Touch ID interface that is under the screen, though some reports suggest this will not make the final design, that may also use facial recognition according to a Ming-Chi Kou report from January 2017. There are also reports that Apple could use iris scanning to add to device security.
The iPhone 7 includes a Taptic engine that uses vibrations to enhance the user experience and Nikkei reports that Apple is working on an upgrade that is able to, “complex tactile vibrations on the display.” Count on 3D Touch to remain as an iPhone 8 feature, but Apple may need to change how they implement this technology.
Fast Company reports that the iPhone 8 will come with a larger battery, but we could see new features use more power. MacRumors shares a Ming-Chi Kou report that Apple will use a new battery design that could help boost battery capacity. This report also outlines the lower power consumption of OLED, which could help deliver longer iPhone 8 battery life.
The iPhone 8 cameras could help deliver augmented reality features for gaming or incredible selfies thanks to new technology that would allow the front-facing camera to scan your face.
The main cameras on the iPhone 8 will include a dual-camera design similar to the iPhone 7 Plus, according to Kou, and could add optical image stabilization for both lenses. The iPhone 7 Plus only features this on the wide-angle. The Korea Economic Daily reports that Apple could work in 3D camera support if the company uses camera sensors from LG.
A new report from Bloomberg outlines Apple’s plans for an iPhone 8 with augmented reality. Mark Gurman reports that Apple has hundreds of engineers on the project including individuals with experience on the Oculus Rift and Microsoft Hololens. In the report, Gurman outlines that we may see some of these AR features on the iPhone 8 this year.
“One of the features Apple is exploring is the ability to take a picture and then change the depth of the photograph or the depth of specific objects in the picture later; another would isolate an object in the image, such as a person’s head, and allow it to be tilted 180 degrees. A different feature in development would use augmented reality to place virtual effects and objects on a person, much the way Snapchat works”
This matches up with the earlier rumors about the iPhone 8 cameras coming with powerful new features. Apple is currently pushing iMessage stickers, and it wouldn’t be too much of a leap to see the company push out an Apple exclusive version of Snapchat Lenses for iMessage and FaceTime. Alternatively, Apple could choose to open up these features to apps with an SDK.
iPhone 8 Price
The iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB of storage is already $969, so it’s possible that the most expensive iPhone 8 is going to cost over $1,000 with the most storage. The Fast Company report doesn’t state which model of the iPhone 8 is going to cost
A new report from DigiTimes claims that the 3D Touch modules for the OLED iPhone 8 could cost nearly twice as much, jumping up to $15 per device. Small increases on components like this can add up to a higher iPhone 8 price.