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28 August 2017

When is the iPhone 8 released? Launch date, price, rumours, features, and ‘leaked photos’

APPLE is readying itself for the launch of the iPhone 8 – a decade on from the release of the very first iPhone.

Rumours are still swirling over new features like a 3D camera, infinity screen to rival the Samsung S8, and free AirPods for every buyer. Here is what we know so far…

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The tech world is already lighting up with gossip about the upcoming iPhone 8[/caption]

How much will the iPhone 8 cost?

Rumours suggest that the new smartphone could be a lot more affordable than you think.

Steven Milunovich, an analyst from global financial services giant UBS, claims that Apple’s prices are expected to stay around the same price as the iPhone 7.

He said the flagship iPhone 8 will start from $850, which is around £682.

Milunovich wrote in a report seen by Mac Rumours: “Contrary to some perceptions, Apple prices quite competitively.

“Apple likes to position its entry-level products at the mid-market with ‘Pro/Plus’ products close to competitors at the high end.”

But other experts have predicted that buying an iPhone 8 in the UK could set you back more than £850.

Is this how the iPhone 8 will look? The alleged new design shows that the menu bar is nowhere to be seen
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And one report has suggested the price could hit the £1,000 mark.

This is because the 10th-anniversary smartphone will reportedly have 256GB of storage, augmented reality technologies, 3D sensors and high-quality OLED display, according to the Daily Mail.

When will the iPhone 8 be released?

Apple is expected to release the iPhone 8 in September 2017, in keeping with its annual autumn launch of major new products.

A tipster has come forward suggesting Tim Cook will reveal the must-have product on September 12 – a claim backed up by The Wall Street Journal, usually a reliable source of Apple gossip.

It might be the first event to take place at the Steve Job Theater at Apple’s new “Spaceship” HQ, according to rumours.

This is all based on information given to phone carriers, according to mac4ever, which says that “several testimonies corroborate our sources today”.

In 2016, the iPhone 7 was launched on 16 September, so a similar mid-September date seems most likely.

Nothing has been confirmed, but Apple tends to stick to the same schedule every year. The iPhone 5, 5S, 6, 6S and 7 were all launched in September of consecutive years.

However, according to the Economic Daily News technical problems mean it could be delayed by weeks due to “technical issues” with the hotly anticipated curved screen and 3D camera.

Other rumours have suggested that delays in the handset’s new fingerprint sensor mean its release could be delayed until October at the earliest.

However, the pricey device is now believed to be on schedule and ready for a September release.

What will the iPhone 8 come with?

Analysts from JP Morgan have reportedly said the iPhone 8 will come with a free pair of Airpods, Apple’s cool wireless headphones.

In a briefing note seen by Apple Insider, experts suggested the Airpods would come as a free bonus.

However, the claim is unverified and has been described as “unlikely” because of the £159 cost of the wireless earphones and the huge demand which means iFans have to wait up to six weeks to buy a pair from the Apple Store.

The AirPods allow you to speak on phone calls as well as listen to music

The AirPods allow you to speak on phone calls as well as listen to music

What new features will the iPhone 8 have?

There has been a raft of rumours about the new features the upcoming iPhone 8 will have.

These include facial recognition technology and a brand new screen and camera.

And Apple fans went into meltdown when “new pictures” of the iPhone design were leaked online.

Analysts have hinted that the iPhone charging cable might be following in the footsteps of the headphone jack – straight to Room 101.

Leaked pictures of wireless iPhone charging pads were shared on Chinese social media site Weibo.

What will the iPhone 8 be called?

Apple is rumoured to be planning to call its next smartphone the iPhone X in a huge break from its usual naming traditions.

Up until now, every new iPhone has been given a reasonably logical name, although Apple did slip the odd ‘s’ after some model numbers.

In a briefing note seen by Tech Radar, analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company said his supply chain sources has predicated a name change for the new mobile.

“It’s a name that makes some sense, simultaneously highlighting the phone’s high status and giving a nod to it being the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, with X, of course, being the Roman numeral for 10,” the website wrote.

Rumours are abounding the internet that the iPhone 8 (artists imagination) could dispense with the charging cord
Rumours are the iPhone 8 (artist’s impression) could be full-screen and feature wireless charging technology
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What will the iPhone 8 look like?

According to a report by iDrop, the phone will be larger than the iPhone 7 but smaller than the 7s, measuring 5.65 x 2.79 x 0.298 inches.

While there is yet to be confirmation from Apple, alleged “blueprints” have been doing the rounds on Chinese social media.

The design suggests the “Touch ID” button will appear on the front and that the device will feature the same sort of home button and fingerprint scanner as the current model.

You can see one of the diagram in the tweet below, which was sent by Apple Insider.

Other images, produced by an Apple expert who claims that they are based on “leaked blueprints”, show artist’s impressions of the upcoming smartphone.

The pictures show a vertical camera with twin lenses, suggesting the gadget will be a snapper’s delight.

They also show that the front of the phone is entirely covered by a display and indicate it will have no visible fingerprint sensor.

If the pics are accurate, this would mean owners will unlock the phone by pressing their digits on the screen rather than on a dedicated scanner.

Apple Insider reported how a video was uploaded showing close-up with an alleged “iPhone 8” design dummy in “copper gold” – which could be one of three colour options for the device.

How many models of iPhone 8 will there be?

There will be three different versions of the iPhone 8, according to a market analysis note seen by MacRumors.

The premium version will be a 5.8 inch model with the OLED screen, while there will be two TFT-LCD screen models — a 4.7 inch version and a 5.5 inch version.

The smallest 4.7 inch model will not have the dual camera Optical Image Stabalisation Technology, while the larger and more expensive models will, according to the note.

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