Apple to launch iPhone 8 in September 12 and will announce the official release date and more. Here are all the details you need to know, including price, new features and specs.
Apple, Inc.’s stock reached a new all-time high on Thursday, August 31, as the the tech firm confirmed its next generation flagship iPhone launch event will take place on September 12.
[agg-ad id=”442″ align=”center”][agg-ad id=”438″ align=”left”]The launching of the one decade anniversary model — widely called as iPhone 8 — will also be the first special media event to be held at spaceship-esque Apple’s new headquarters, at the 1,000-seater Steve Jobs theater.
“Let’s meet at our place,” The Cupertino-headquartered technology giant said in press invitations sent out on Thursday, August 31.
The first employees started moving into the new and state-of-the-art Apple Park, as the circular complex is officially called. The 175-acre Apple campus will eventually house more than 12,000 people and cost a whopping $5 billion.
As the invitations were threw out to the press and media as well as select technology bloggers, Apple’s share price skyrocketed by just under 1 percent to hit an all-time high above $164, during intraday trading on Thursday, August 31st. Apple stock is up more than 40 percent this year and 10 percent in the July 2017 alone, as the expectations develops for a new radical “super cycle” of iPhone sales.
[agg-ad id=”442″ align=”center”][agg-ad id=”834″ align=”center”]Apple’s next iteration flagship handset is anticipated to see drastic redesign, new features and top-tier specs that could command a price of more than $1,000 price tag compared with the two existing iPhone 7 models, alongside an incrementally upgraded iPhone 7s and 7s Plus models.
The top-of-the-line iPhone 8 is expected to feature a all-new design, including a nearly bezel-less edge-to-edge that takes up almost all of the front panel of the smartphone and the departure of the traditional physical “home” button.
The iPhone 8 will also sport a new infrared-equipped depth-sensing camera sensors and 3D Face ID that will let users to unlock the smartphone and pay for items with a facial glance instead of using the existing Touch ID fingerprint scanner, as well as experiencing new augmented reality camera features.
[agg-ad id=”438″ align=”left”]According to an industry analysts from Barclays speculated that the tech firm could help to justify the high-end model’s premium price tag by bundling services such as Apple Music and iCloud storage without additional charge.
“Such a move could make a $1,000+ iPhone 8 seem more within reach, with the $156 in services serving as quasi-discount or rebate, and the bundling also could generate bigger subscription revenue streams if users renew after year one,” Barclays analyst said.
Bundling a premium subscription could help Apple sell an extra 20 million units of iPhones next year, totaling $9.8 billion in revenues, Barclays prediction, taking its estimation for the top-end model’s sales to 64 million for the next year.
The company is also planning to release its new Siri AI-powered HomePod speaker before the year ends.