iPhone 8 release date, specs and price: Hands-on video leak shows off alleged dummy model – The INQUIRER


Hands-on video leak shows off alleged iPhone 8 dummy model
Hands-on video leak shows off alleged iPhone 8 dummy model
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YEAH, WE KNOW. The iPhone 8 is still months away but that hasn't stopped speculation and loose-lipped execs spilling details about Apple's next smartphone.

The iPhone 8, tipped by some to arrive as the 'iPhone Edition' or 'iPhone X' will be Apple's 10th-anniversary smartphone and looks set to be the first to debut wireless charging tech, a curved AMOLED display and an unusual vertical dual rear-facing camera. If rumours are to be believed, the so-called 'Edition' will launch alongside the less-impressive iPhone 7S and 7S Plus.

We've rounded up everything we know about the iPhone 8 so far and will update this article as soon as we hear more.

Release date
The iPhone 8 is likely to be announced in September 2017, marking 10 years since the firm launched its first smartphone.

However, one report claims that it might not be available to buy until the fourth quarter, noting that the iPhone 8 may be available in limited quantity only. A note by analyst Timothy Arcuri from Cowen and Company has added weight to this and claims that production could be delayed due to issues with its Touch ID sensor.

Another report suggests the iPhone 8 may not arrive until 2018. A research Deutsche Bank, picked up by Business Insider, claims the smartphone won't make it onto shelves this year due to supply chain issues and "technical challenges".

As if just to confuse matters more, Digitimes is reporting that mass production of the iPhone 8 is on schedule and that the smartphone will see a release in October.

Price
If it's anything like Apple's new MacBooks, next year's iPhone will be more expensive than this year's release, and some are claiming that the highest-spec model will be the first iPhone to cost more than $1,000.

Rumoured specs
– 5.8in 2.5D OLED edge-to-edge display
– New design with an 'all-glass' construction
– Wireless charging support
– Apple A11 chip
– Rear-facing Touch ID sensor
iOS 11 with improved Siri, P2P payments
– Face-scanning technology
– Vertical dual cameras on rear
– Support for LTE speeds up to 450Mbps

Latest news
21/6/17:
9to5Mac has obtained footage of an iPhone 8 dummy model (below), which shows off the bezel-less model next to an iPhone 7 Plus. The dummy appears to be the same as that which has appeared in earlier leaks, and confirms it's full-screen design, vertical dual cameras and lack of front-facing Touch ID.

19/6/17: UK retailer MobileFun has, for some reason, started selling accessories for the iPhone 8. The 'Olixar iPhone 8 Full Cover Tempered Glass Screen Protector' (below), priced at £24.99, appears to confirm that the iPhone 8 will feature a curved display, while the image (above) shows off the phone's bezel-less display and lack of physical home button, hinting at an under-display sensor fingerprint sensor.

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15/6/17: Robert Hwang, CEO of Wistron – one of the companies putting together the next iPhone – has 'confirmed' that the iPhone 8 will be the first to come with wireless charging.

"Assembly process for the previous generations of [iPhones] have not changed much though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit," Hwang said at a meeting reported on by the Nikkei Asian Review.

14/6/17: A research note seen by Barron's BlueFin Research Partners claims that production of the iPhone 8, or 'iPhone X' is on schedule, with a limited launch planned for September. "Our ongoing reads reinforce our earlier view that Apple will offer only minimal units of the iPhone X at launch with improved availability in October," it says, adding that 13 million handsets will be available in September.

13/6/17: The iPhone 8's front and back panels have allegedly surfaced online (above) courtesy of a Reddit user citing 'a friend in the industry' who sourced them from China. If legit, expect the iPhone 8 to sport a near bezel-less front, and the back to be fully glass rather the usual aluminium build. The leak also shows off the so-called iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, which also sport an all-glass design and built-in wireless charging support.

12/6/17: Bloomberg reports that Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 won't offer gigabit LTE speeds. According to the report, Apple is looking to both Qualcomm and Intel to supply cellular modems for the next-gen iPhone, but Intel's upcoming XMM 7480 will only support speeds of up to 450Mbps. Apple will, Bloomberg reports, hold back the capabilities of the Qualcomm-powered devices to match those of the Intel-powered devices.

7/6/17: iDropNews has got its mitts on the "most realistic" iPhone 8 render yet (below) which points to a full-screen design with a cutout at the top for the speaker and front-facing camera. The same report points to an under-screen fingerprint scanner, baked-in wireless charging support and front-facing "3D dual camera lens system" to add support for facial and iris recognition.

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8/6/17: A report at ET News claims Apple has ordered 80 million flexible OLED displays from Samsung in preparation for the launch of the iPhone 8. The report claims that while the handset won't offer a Galaxy S8-esque curved display, the screen will "cover the entire front body of the device".

6/6/17: Apple announced iOS 11 (below) at WWDC on Monday, which gives us some clues about the upcoming iPhone 8. Apple's new ARKit developer tool, for example, hints that augmented reality will be a big focus of the new iPhone, while replacing the JPEG file format with HEIF hints that the iPhone 8 will pack a more powerful camera than the iPhone 7. Siri will also be smarter on the iPhone 8, with iOS 11 bringing more contextual awareness, which means it'll serve up content based on what you're doing.

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5/6/17: A so-called 'Foxconn Insider' has taken to Reddit to spill some details about Apple's next iPhone, which they refer to as the 'iPhone X'. The source claims the handset will be "like an iPhone 7 with glass and without the AuthenTec's capacitive touch module", noting that it will instead feature a built-in retina scanner. The source also points to feature 3GB RAM, wireless charging and – like the iPhone 7 before it – water resistant.

2/6/17: The iPhone 8 has been sized up against a slew of other smartphones, including the Galaxy S8 and Nexus 6P, courtesy of OnLeaks (below). The image shows that the iPhone 8 will be about the same size as the Huawei P10, and marginally smaller than Samsung's latest flagship.

30/5/17: There has been a double whammy of iPhone 8 leaks over the bank holiday weekend. The first comes courtesy of SlashLeaks, which has its hands on an image of an iPhone 8 dummy in a protective case, showcasing the phone's dual cameras and glossy design. The second, again, comes via Geskin, who has posted a CAD image on Twitter (below). He notes that the circle on the rear is the location of the Apple logo, not a rear-facing fingerprint scanner.

26/5/17: Geskin is back at it, and claims to have the scoop on when the iPhone 8 will launch and arrives on shelves (below). INQ ain't convinced, though, as he's claiming that Apple will launch the smartphone on a Sunday, whereas the firm typically opts for a mid-week unveiling.

24/5/17: Notorious tipster Benjamin Geskin has posted a video (below) of an alleged iPhone 8 dummy that might give us our first glimpse of the handset's final design. The 10-second clip shows off the handset's glass and metal bezel-less design and seems to confirm rumours that the iPhone 8 will pack a dual camera setup on its rear.


23/5/17:
Alleged moulds of Apple's upcoming iPhones have appeared online, showing the size difference between the so-called iPhone 7S, 7S Plus and iPhone 8. If legit, the iPhone 8 won't be much larger than the 4.7in iPhone 7S, suggesting that it will sport much smaller, Galaxy S8-style bezels and no home button.

The leak also shows that the iPhone 8 will be the only handset to sport a vertically-aligned dual camera sensor on its rear, along with a a longer power button on its side, which some speculate could house a fingerprint sensor.

11/4/17: A report at Digitimes (ugh) claims that TSMC has begun production of the 10nm A11 chip that's set to make its debut inside the iPhone 8, having previously ran into issues involving stacking components in the backend integrated fan-out packaging process.

24/4/17: An alleged iPhone 8 'dummy unit' has surfaced online. If legit, it reveals that the smartphone will feature an edge-to-edge display, a 2.5D curved glass design and a vertical dual camera setup, although there's no sign of the rumoured rear-facing Touch ID sensor.

13/4/17: Reports claim that Apple is having issues embedded the Touch ID sensor into the OLED display a note by analyst Timothy Arcuri from Cowen and Company, which could see production of the smartphone delayed. Either that, or the firm could be forced to either remove the fingerprint sensor completely or to move it to the rear of the phone.

31/3/17: A new report claims to have dug up some more information about the iPhone 8, and claims that it will feature a vertical dual camera set-up on its rear, alongside a repositioned fingerprint sensor.

2/3/17: An analyst has rubbished claims that the iPhone 8 will come with a USB-C connector, but says that Apple might adopt Type-C Power Delivery for faster charging.

28/2/17: A shady rumour claims that Apple's next smartphone(s) might dump the firm's proprietary Lighting port in favour of USB-C. However, the report doesn't explicitly state that the USB-C port will be on the handset itself, which suggests that Apple could instead be planning to change the connector on its power adapters.

10/2/17: KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said in a report that all three of Apple's upcoming iPhones will feature wireless charging.

9/2/17: Fast Company claims that the iPhone 8 could be the first Apple smartphone to smash the $1,000 barrier, thanks to the firm's shift to OLED technology and the increasing price of RAM. The report also adds that the iPhone 8 will arrive as a "special edition" 5.8in model, alongside the 4.7in and 5.5in iPhone 7S and iPhone 7 Plus.

8/2/17: Reports claim that Apple will start production of the next iPhone earlier than usual in a bid to ensure demand is met when it arrives in September.

19/1/17: The iPhone 8 could feature futuristic laser-powered face-scanning tech, according to a research note distributed to clients by Cowen and Company, that will let users unlock their devices via facial recognition as opposed to Touch ID. The same note also points to a 5.8in iPhone 8 model with a 'wraparound display', and adds weight to previous rumours of built-in wireless charging.

21/12/16: Leaked documents have pointed to Apple releasing three new iPhones in 2017, which are currently being referred to as D20, D21, and D22. The leak, via Apple Insider, also adds weight to the rumours that the high-end model will feature an almost edge-to-edge AMOLED display, adding that this model will also break the logic board into two discrete units, with the phone's main hardware stored on one and WiFi on the other.

24/11/16: Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who else) has claimed that the iPhone 8 will feature an 'all-glass' design, in order to facilitate high-speed wireless charging support. This also means, if true, that it'll be more shatter-proof than the metal-clad iPhone 7 before it.

1/11/16: Foxconn has reportedly started making wireless charging modules for the iPhone 8, although the same report claims that this technology could be reserved for the high-spec iPhone 8 Pro model.

31/10/16: The CEO of Sharp, Tai Jeng-wu, has all but confirmed that the iPhone 8 will be the first to pack an OLED display. He said: "The iPhone has been evolving and now it is switching from LTPS [low-temperature poly-silicon] to OLED panels."

29/03/16: KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has penned a note to investors about Apple's so-called iPhone 7S, or iPhone 8, claiming it will offer a radical redesign, supporting a 'completely new form factor' more similar to the iPhone 4 than the iPhone 7. The same report claims that the iPhone 8 will sport an AMOLED display and a Galaxy Note 7-style iris scanner.

29/01/16: A report out of Bloomberg claims that Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone will ship with a new contact-free wireless charging technology. This would, according to the report, would allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones. µ

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