Apple’s new iPhone 8 will be officially unveiled today. The latest smartphone is expected to be a radical change for the company, which will seek to wow users for the 10th anniversary of the device.
Fans got an early taste of what’s in store ahead of today’s release date when Apple suffered a major leak two days before its launch, with many of the iPhone 8’s features being revealed.
The latest leaks suggest the new phone – its price could be in the region of £1,000 – will actually be called the iPhone X and will include wireless charging, facial recognition, an edge-to-edge display and – for the first time – no home button. Apple is expected to release the device alongside two other phones, called the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
When will it be released? Live event
The event is scheduled to begin at 10 AM Pacific. (That’s 12 PM Central, 1 PM Eastern, 6 PM in London, and 1 AM on the 13th in Beijing). In addition to this live blog, there’s a live stream. Grab your spots early, because we’ll be getting started as soon as we get situated in the aforementioned fancy seats.
How much will it cost?
The iPhone X will probably be Apple’s most expensive handset year, with estimates suggesting it could cost $1,000 in the US. The weak pound and VAT mean that this could well translate into a cost of £1,000 or more in the UK.
The 8 and 8 Plus models, which may be available in greater numbers and earlier, are likely to be cheaper, close to the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus prices of £599 and £719.
An executive at Apple manufacturer Foxconn has suggested the high-end device will “not be cheap”.
iPhone X/iPhone 8 specs we might see:
- Three new phones including and an all-new OLED flagship
- Curved, edge-to-edge display with True Tone technology and/or Ion-X glass
- Virtual home button
- Facial recognition alternative to Touch ID
- and/or faster USB-C charging
- Dual-lens camera, possibly in a vertical configuration
- featuring rear-facing 3D laser for enhanced depth perception
- Support for the Apple Pencil
- Stainless steel and glass body with a new “side button”
- Limited colors with an outside chance of a reflective, mirror-like finish
- Upgraded storage and memory, possibly starting at 64GB and 3GB of RAM
- Intel or Qualcomm modem
- featuring a gesture-based user interface and animated emojis (“Animojis”)
- Enhanced water resistance or waterproofing
- Higher quality earpiece for louder, clearer audio
- Apple’s next-generation processor (the A10X or A11)
- Priced between $1,000 and $1,200 in the US, (international pricing doesn’t typically convert directly, but would be roughly £800 to £1,000 or AU$1,250 to AU$1,500)
No home button
The home button has been a feature of every iPhone since the original in 2007, but Apple may be in a position to get rid of it. It has already introduced advanced pressure-detection technology with 3D Touch, and last year’s iPhone 7 had a solid-state home button that vibrates instead of clicks.
The iPhone screen now also wakes up when the phone is picked up, so there is less need to click a physical home button. Apple has patented a way of embedding Touch ID, its fingerprint reading technology, in the screen, so that might solve security issues.
Dual cams on the back
The growing consensus among the rumor watchers is that the iPhone X has two rear cameras arranged vertically with an LED flash in the middle. Fast Company reports that Apple has developed athat supports AR depth detection and autofocus.
3 phones, 3 colors
Kuo reports that each of the three new models will be available in three colors — black, silver and gold. This runs counter to previous reports of an expanded palette of options that included a, jet black and rose gold.
Leaks at the end of July from Apple’s own code suggested new developments in Apple’s camera technology. The “SmartCam” was revealed in firmware for the HomePod smart speaker, which revealed it could identify different scenes and objects, such as fireworks, foliage, babies, pets, snow or sport.
The best indication of how the iPhone X could look is Apple’s latest software, which was unveiled in June and will ship on the new device. The standout features of iOS 11 are peer-to-peer Apple Pay and a redesigned Control Centre. Its also new safety features, including a does not disturb while driving mode and an Emergency SOS option that will lock thieves out when its owner is in danger.
Batteries are still the big problem with mobile phones – as good as they are, most still last just a day – and battery tech is only making incremental progress. This means manufacturers have focused on technology such as fast charging as a compromise.
But Apple could go one better and allow wireless charging. Apple famously removed the iPhone 7’s headphone jack, which meant users could not listen to wired headphones and charge their phone through the Lightning port at the same time. Removing the second part of that equation might make sense.
Apple iPhone X detailed specifications
|Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Screen size (inches)||4.70|
|Protection||Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating|
|– 3D Touch display & home button|
– Display Zoom
|Resolution||750 x 1334 pixels (~326 ppi pixel density)|
|Internal storage||64GB / 256GB / 512 GB|
|Primary||12 MP, f/1.8, 28mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, quad-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||1/3″ sensor size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps|
|Secondary||7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm, 1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Operating System||iOS 11|
|Wi-Fi||Yes | Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/b/g/n|
|GPS||Yes | with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|Bluetooth||Yes | 4.2, A2DP, LE|
|NFC||Yes (Apple Pay only)|
|USB||2.0, reversible connector|
|Number of SIMs||1|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||No|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|
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