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Apple to launch iPhone 8 alongside iPhone 7s, 7s Plus



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Apple to launch iPhone 8 alongside iPhone 7s, 7s Plus

We’re expecting to see an Apple iPhone 8 release date in October and launch in mid-September alongside less-impressive iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.

We’re just a few weeks away from the launch of the iPhone 8, and thanks to a huge number of leaks scattered over the worldwide web, we know indeed much all there is to know regarding the Apple’s impending flagship smartphone.

The iPhone 8, tipped by some to arrive as the “iPhone Pro” or “iPhone X” will be Apple’s tenth anniversary smartphone edition and seems to be the first handset to debut with wireless charging technology, an edge-to-edge curved AMOLED display and an unusual vertical dual rear-facing camera sensors. If countless rumors and leaks are to be believed, the so-called iPhone 8 will be released alongside the less-impressive iPhone 7S and iPhone 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.

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Release Date

The iPhone 8 release is likely to be announced in September 2017, marking 10 years or a decade since the Cupertino-headquartered technology giant firm unveiled its first smartphone.

However, one report is claiming that the iPhone it may not be available to general public until the fourth quarter of the year, stating that the iPhone 8 may be available in limited quantity only. A report by industry analyst Timothy Arcuri from Cowen and Company supported this and asserts that the production could be hold up due to issues with its Touch ID sensor’s placement on the smartphone.

Another report has indicated that the iPhone 8 may not arrive until 2018. A research Deutsche Bank, picked up by The Centrio News, claims that the smartphone won’t make it onto general market this year due to supply chain issues as well as “technical challenges”.

Meanwhile, adding a confusion to the matters more, Digitimes is reporting that mass production of the iPhone 8 is on right schedule and that the handset will see a usual release in October 2017.

Pricing

If it’s anything like Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar line, next year’s iPhone will be more expensive than this year’s Apple smartphone product, and several are claiming that the highest-specs plus largest storage configuration model will be the first iPhone to cost more than $1,000.

A new report at Forbes says that the iPhone 8 pricing could start at an jaw-dropping $1,100 to $1,200, with the firm to offer the smartphone in 128GB and 256GB storage configurations only.

iPhone 7s & 7s Plus

Majority of the iPhone leaks this year have been centered on the 10th-anniversary edition iPhone 8. But we’re anticipating a pair of other handsets, more affordable smartphones to launch alongside the iPhone 8, known for now as the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, and a dummy unit of the latter has just been photograph.

Images sent to 9to5Mac by notorious leaker Sonny Dickson show a handset with a glassy back panel.

iPhone 7s

It’s a massive change that’s also apparently allowed the design team to get rid of the antenna bands, as a cellular and other connectivity signals can pass through a glass, so there’s no need for that ugly-looking line.

Moreover, it’s also much easier to charge wirelessly through a glass back panel than an aluminum one, and wireless charging has long been speculated for all three impending iPhones. So that move from aluminum chassis to glass would make a lot sense.

New Leaks & Rumors

The world’s most valuable company is reportedly mass-producing the 2017 iPhone 8 as we write, as well as the less-spectacular iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, which must mean we should see more authentic photos leak ahead of the supposed mid-September announcement event. Over the weekend we’ve seen leaked photos of the iPhone 7s Plus that seem to verify a most important new feature, and now we already have new iPhone 8 leak that confirms Apple’s new design once and for all.

First posted on the Chinese microblogging service Weibo, the images reveal the entire screen display assembly of the upcoming iPhone 8. This is not a render, but a real and genuine photograph of a component that someone actually assembled. Considering that this one comes from Asia, it could always be a fake one. However, for the benefit of the doubt, it also could be the real thing — the iPhone 8’s entire screen assembly. That includes the Samsung-manufactured OLED screen display component, the digitizer, and the Corning Gorilla glass covering it.

iPhone 8 display component

The images pointing that the iPhone 8 has an edge-to-edge display with almost bezel-less design except for the top of the panel where there’s a pretty noticeable space that incorporates all the front-facing camera shooter, sensors, and speaker. The images also confirm the absence of the physical home button.

The area where the traditional home button would be placed has an additional hardware components internal, but it’s still not known what these are.

The components, most especially the display, appears exactly like we expect. Additionally, considering that the Apple indirectly confirmed this new design via the HomePod’s HomeKit firmware software leak.

The iPhone 8 is expected to be unveiled in mid-September and we’ll see an iPhone 8 release date in October. The handset should be launched by the end of September, just in time for limited iPhone 8 sales to be included in Apple’s earnings results for the last quarter of the year and in time for holiday sale season.

With all that being said, it means that we’ll see a slew of similar leaks the closer we get to Apple’s soon-to-be-announced iPhone 8 launch event.

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