iPhone 8 release date, specs, price, rumors and features

The rumors about release date of iPhone 8 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 till several months away from its release.

According to the latest rumors, the iPhone 8 release 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.

iPhone 8


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, iPhone 8 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 (iPhone 8 and 8 Plus OR iPhone 7S & 7S plus) 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 specification would be the strongest among all upcoming smartphone. According to the rumors below are expected specification and features that iPhone 8 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.

Also see: iPhone 7S release date, features, price and specs

Design – OLED Edge-to-edge display, no HOME Button

This will be a major design change with iPhone 8 as 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. 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 backlighting. 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 iPhone 8 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.

Dual-lens Camera

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.

Battery

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.

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.

Display 5.8-inch OLED Edge-to-edge display
Processor 3.2 Ghz octo-core Processor
Chip-set A11 or A10x
RAM 3 GB
Storage 32GB/64GB/256 GB
Battery 2,700 mAh, non-removeable
OS iOS 11
Other features: Wireless charging
No Home Button
Curved Edge
No lightning connector
USB-C port instead of Lightning connector
IP68 water resistance
Facial recognition to unlock iPhone
Fast Charging
5G network enabled
All Glass body

iPhone 8 concept

Take a look at the concept design of iPhone 8. 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 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 in the US can be priced 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.

Model Storage USA UK Australia
iPhone 8 32 GB $850-900 £600-650 AU$1100-1200
128 GB $900-950 £650-750 AU$1200-1300
256 GB $950-1050 £750-850 AU$1300-1350

Update 1: iPhone 8 will be Ceramic made

The latest rumours on the iPhone 8 reveal that new iPhone (iPhone 8) 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: iPhone 8 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 8 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 8 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: (latest) – iPhone 8 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: (latest) – iPhone 8 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 iPhones being released this year.

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