iPhone 8 release date, specs, price, rumors and features
The new iPhone rumors had started to float all over the internet well before its predecessors iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were released in September last year. I could read rumors about iPhone 8 when iPhone 7 was still several months away from its release.
According to the speculations, the iPhone 8 announcement date may fall in September, 2017 with many interesting features such as all-glass body, curved edges, removal of HOME button and wire-free charging. On top of that there will significant up-gradation with the processing and camera.
Three models -iPhone 8, iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus
Well, earlier this was a debatable whether the company will call new version iPhone 8 or iPhone 7S as if we go by the tradition that company follows, we will see there is always a “S” model after “Full number” iPhone.
So its a turn for iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, not the iPhone 8. But the last rumors suggest there will be three different models of iPhone – iPhone 8, iPhone 7S & iPhone 7S Plus
There could be three different models this year as suggested by nekkei- a tech review site. According to this rumors Apple may unveil three models – iPhone 8, 7S & 7S Plus with screen size of 5.8-inch, 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch.
As said earlier, 2017 will mark the 10th anniversary of iPhone and the iPhone 8 is highly anticipated with massively upgraded processor, A11 chip, all new design, upgraded RAM, storage, camera and other features such as edge to edge OLED screen, IRIS scanner and removal of traditional HOME button and we will discuss all these features in great details in this article.
However, the latest rumors suggests that, 2017 will be year when three different models iPhone 8, iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus would be launched.
While the “S” models are assumed to be the upgraded version of predecessors, new iPhone would get all new edge-to-edge design made up of glass just like 4S.
With three different models, the customer will have choice to chose the one which fits their pocket as well as the interest.
iPhone 8 release date
The below table indicates release date of various models of iPhone since the launch of original iPhone back in 2007. It shows the last 4 models of iPhone were released in September month of each year.
If Apple follows the same pattern, we will have new iPhone again in September 2017. The iPhone 8 release date could be in September 2017 !
The September month is a great time for the company to announce new iPhone because of festive season.
The sales figure of iPhone touches highest bar during the period of September – December. People spend huge money on different stuff on the occasion of Christmas and the New year.
Take a look at below table. The new iPhone release pattern is pretty much straight forward. Since iPhone 5 which was announced in odd month of September 2011 for the first time, the company followed same month release for all the successors.
Using this table, we can easily figure out the new iPhone could be announced in September this year again but whether it will be iPhone 8 or the iPhone 7S is still not confirmed.
|iPhone (since original iPhone)||Release date (USA)|
|Original iPhone||June, 2007|
|iPhone 3G||July, 2008|
|iPhone 3G S||June, 2009|
|iPhone 4||June, 2010|
|iPhone 4S||September, 2011|
|iPhone 5||September, 2012|
|iPhone 5S/ 5C||September, 2013|
|iPhone 6 & 6 Plus||September, 2014|
|iPhone 6S & 6S Plus||September, 2015|
|iPhone 7 & 7 Plus||September, 2016|
|iPhone 8||September/October 2017|
iPhone 8 Specification and Features
The iPhone 8 specifications would be the strongest among all upcoming smartphone. According to the rumors below are expected specification and features that new iPhone come up with.
Although the techie is known for the innovations that they bring in every new device they launch, the rumors about features of new iPhone is bit more this time.
iPhone is turning 10th this year and to mark this special event, we can see some really good new features such as wire-free charging, all-glass body, curved edges, dual camera etc.
Design – OLED Edge-to-edge display, no HOME Button
This will be a major design change with iPhone 8 till now. According to various rumors, iPhone 8 will feature OLED edge-to-edge curved display, something similar to what we see in Samsung flagship Galaxy S8 released recently as part of iPhone 8 design change.
Some of the new iPhon leaks have shown the possible design based on rumors. However, rest of two models are still expected to have LCD screen because of several reasons, cost being the one.
The OLED display are bit costlier because it doesn’t need back lighting. The price of iPhone 8 might cross $1000 mark for the time because of costlier OLED display that iPhone 8 going to have. Moreover such display will help in improving the battery life of New iPhone as well.
The phone is rumored to have all glass body as we seen with iPhone 4S back in 2011. The front and rear glass panels that put together with he help of stainless steel frame might add to overall weight of iPhone since the glass is bit heavier than aluminium.
The bazel-less design would provide users larger space while the phone is limited to an appropriate size.
The current rumors indicate that iPhone 8 would have bazel-less design and will be no physical HOME button.
Though, since the Home button can not be completely eliminated since it is needed to perform many critical things, the phone will have Home button built-in on the screen itself. Because of bazel-less design the speakers too which are generally place on the top will be removed as well.
iOS 11 Operating System-
It wouldn’t be surprising if I say that new iPhone 8 would run on latest version of iOS that will be released well before iPhone 8.
There is so much hype about the features and specifications and if iPhone 8 don’t run iOS 11, I’d be disappointed but thankfully there are some “can be trusted” sources that indicate iPhone 8 would run iOS11.
The company announces new operating system in WWDC conference in general and this year again, we are expecting Apple will announce release of iOS 11 during this conference that will be held in June.
Processor -A11 Chip
Another important factor that contributes to the processing speed is chip. The new iPhone 8 feature 3.2 Ghz octo- core processor along with A11 chip coupled with 3 GB RAM that will make new iPhone ultra fast.With this great specification, we expect NO lag even while performing several tasks at the same time.
The latest iPhone 7 Plus has a completely new dual camera for better zoom and we are anticipating such innovation with iPhone 8 as well.
The dual camera is expected in all the models going to be released this year and not just with iPhone 8 though.
iPhone 8 would feature 16 megapixel dual-lens camera rear camera with features like Auto face detection, Optical Image stablisation, 4x optical zoom for taking clearer photograph of distant objects etc.
People from whole world are addicted to taking selfies and share with their friends, thanks to iPhone 8. iPhone 8 will have 8 megapixels selfie camera (secondary) that will click great quality pictures.
32 GB, 128 GB & 256 GB
New iPhone 8 is expected to be released in three different storage option – 32 GB, 128 GB & 256 GB. However, there are rumors that pointed out iPhone 8 will come in only two variants, 128 and 256 GB only.
The charging could be done while you are still using your iPhone. Moreover, the battery itself will be more powerful than ever before because of several design changes and new operating system -iOS 11.
According to the latest rumors at Forbes,the battery of iPhone 8 will be upgraded to 2,700 mAh power making it 30% more powerful than its predecessor iPhone 7.
This 2,700 mAh power Li-ion non removable battery will keep your iPhone going for a longer period of time.
Wireless and fast charging
One of the great feature that will solve low battery problem of your iPhone is wireless charging. The iPhone 8 seems to be getting wireless charging features according to the rumors surfacing on various tech blogs.
However, the latest speculations reveals iPhone 8 may have inductive-style charging – another form of wireless charging.
The phone would be able to get charged faster as well with USB Port-C type cable or without wire.
The fast charging option would be a savior in case if you have to do some urgent work on your iPhone but it runs out of battery.
Such fast charging feature is already present in Macbook. There could be other surprising iPhone 8 features that we will know about only when it is actually released.
Better Protection -IP 68
The previous versions were water resistant based on iP67 rating but the new iPhone 8 would is beyond this rating. iPhone 8 will be water resistant as per IP 68 standards that will protect your phone from 1.5 meter water and that too for 30 minutes.
iPhone 8 Dual SIM Card Slots
iPhone 8 might come with dual SIM card option marking 2017 which is a year of 10th anniversary, a special year. While all other companies are making smartphone with 2 SIM cards options, Apple chosen to stick to only one SIM card slot.
But, the latest rumors reveal, iPhone 8 could have dual sim card facility giving customers option to use two different SIM with a single iPhone 8!
It happens that one mobile carrier offers good Data Plan but its call rates are high and the other operator offers good call rate plan but not so good data plan. In that case, the customer can use two different SIM from different operators to take advantage of benefits being offered by these two operators separately.
|Display||5.8-inch OLED Edge-to-edge display|
|Processor||3.2 Ghz octo-core Processor|
|Battery||2,700 mAh, non-removeable|
|Other features:||Wireless charging|
|No Home Button|
|No lightning connector|
|USB-C port instead of Lightning connector|
|IP68 water resistance|
|Facial recognition to unlock iPhone|
|5G network enabled|
|All Glass body|
|Dual SIM card slots|
iPhone 8 concept
Take a look at the iPhone 8 concept design. It seems to be lacing HOME button giving more space on the screen. It will also make the camera and speaker built on the screen. iPhone 8 headphone jack wouldn’t be there again.
iPhone 8 expected Price-
Talking about the price tag of iPhone 8, it will vary from country to country and based on the storage capacity.
Without contract, the 32 GB iPhone 8 cost could be between $1000-1200 while in the UK, it can be available for less than 750 pound while the other two iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus would be available for less price.
The iPhone 8 Price in the US could vary depending on whether you want to go with Verizon, at&t, Sprint or T-Mobile etc.
|iPhone 8||32 GB||$850-900||£600-650||AU$1100-1200|
Update 1: New iPhone will be Ceramic made
The latest rumours on the iPhone 8 reveal that new iPhone will be made up ceramic compound which will be scratch resistant and will a premium look to the most anticipated device of the year 2017.
Update 2: Removal of Home Button, Curved edge,Wireless-charger
There are few interesting features that the company is working on for its new iPhone which is scheduled for released in the month of September this year. The rumors suggest that new iPhone 8 (or iPhone 7S) will lack the tradition Home Button this time. The removal of Home button was rumored to be implemented with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus but it couldn’t happen and what we saw both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus came out with home button.
Apart from Home button, the rumors are circulating about new iPhone screen as well. The iPhone 8 might come up with OLED screen with curved edge. Among the other rumored features the company is said to be working with Company Energous on wireless charging technology which can fill the battery of new iPhone from 15 feet distance.
Update 3: New iPhone to get facial recogniton
The renowned tech blog TechInsider got an interesting news about new feature that iPhone 8 might come up with. According to this news, the iPhone 8 may get facial recognition feature powered by new laser sensor placed closer to front facing camera. This stunning device will without you actually touch it with gestures.
Update 4: – Apple to ditch lightening connector
The latest rumors suggests that Apple is going to ditch original lightening connector and use USB-C port instead. This will be a major change to upcoming iPhone 8. The use of USB-C port will offer great flexibility to the users and other benefits.
Update 5: Rumors further build up about Face recognition feature
The face detection feature would allow people to unlock their iPhone by recognising themselves as the owner of the iPhone. The iPhone will automatically get locked if it remains motionless and don’t see the users for a specific period of time. As noticed by Tech Insider the patent filed by Apple company suggests that iPhone will have face recognition technique for unlocking it.
Update 6: iPhone to get ceramic design
According to latest rumors published, the new iPhone 8 might get a ceramic design if the reports from Fast Company come out to be true. This could be yet another reason why new iPhone 8 may cross $1000 mark and be the costlier iPhone ever released.
Update 7: iPhone might not costs $1000
This can be a good new for the people who were worried about spending more than $1000 for get new iPhone 8 that rumored to be featuring lots of good features. Earlier the rumors were piling up all over the internet that iPhone 8 would cost more than $1000 that will put it in line with the pricing of Macbook but the latest report claims it might not cost $1000. Milunovich via CNBC said iPhone will cost less than $1000. READ FULL NEWS
Update 8: – iPhone release may get delayed by a month or two
According to the, the release of premium iPhone 8 may get delayed by a month of two. If the rumors turn out to be true, the iPhone release date can shift to October/November. The potential case of delay is said to be the delay in production of OLED displays that iPhone 8 is going to have.
Update 9: iPhone could be smaller than PLUS version
The new rumors about iPhone 8 reveals that it could be smaller than the PLUS version being released this year along with iPhone 8. The iPhone 8’s size could be between iPhone 7S Plus and iPhone 7S. The leaked images from unverified sources shows the comparison between three iPhone being released this year.
Update 10: – iPhone might not get high speed internet
The latest rumors reveals that iPhone 8 might be an a super advanced smartphone of the year 2017 but it might not have high speed internet connectivity. According to Deccan Chronicle, it might not be as advanced as Android smartphone when it comes to internet speed connectivity. It it little disappointing but these are just rumors and we must take them from grain of salt.
Update 11: (latest) – New iPhone design leaks “Confirms” design
There is lots of debate going on about the design of iPhone 8. We have been coming across various rumors about iPhone design that claim to be the final design of upcoming iPhone 8 but its not the case.
However, this time some reliable source confirmed the look. According to Forbes, the design of iPhone 8 is leaked and it is almost a confirmed design. The news says they managed to obtain CAD file of iPhone design and it looks something similar to below image:
However, we still can’t trust such rumors until it the news comes directly from the company side.