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iPhone 8 release date rumours UK

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iPhone 8 release date rumours UK | iPhone 8 specs: iPhone 8 to get bigger, curved screens and augmented reality built into Camera app




When will the new iPhone 8 be released in the UK, and how different will it be from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus? (Or will the next generation of Apple smartphones be called the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus?) And what tech specs and new features should we expect from Apple's new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus?
The iPhone 8 rumour mill is heating up, a month after the launch of the iPhone 7. Apple unveiled the new iPhone 7 alongside its bigger sibling the iPhone 7 Plus during a special event on 7 September, but we're already looking ahead to the next generation. In this article we round up all the rumours about the iPhone 8: the iPhone 8's UK release date (and onsale date), iPhone 8 UK price, iPhone 8 specs and new features. There's a lot to cover, so let's get started.
For advice on the current iPhone range, read our iPhone buying guide and best cheap iPhone deals UK. Or, if you'd like to look even further into the future (covering tech developments that come perilously close to the realms of science-fiction), read iPhone 9 and beyond: From graphene to motion charging.
Updated, 22 November, to report on further augmented reality news (including a new Apple patent for augmented reality maps); on 15 Nov, with reports that the iPhone 8 will have a bigger screen than iPhone 7 - and it'll be curved, too; on 1 Nov, with apparent confirmation that the iPhone 8 will feature an OLED screen, and that one of Apple's suppliers is already testing wireless charging modules; and on 25 Oct, with a report that predicts the iPhone 8's redesign will be "a big f**king deal"

iPhone 8 release date rumours UK | iPhone 8 specs: Release date

Some pundits have predicted that the iPhone 7 will sell comparatively poorly because of its perceived lack of major new features and design changes (on a relative scale, of course - it'll still outsell its main rivals many times over). But, they say, everything will change in 2017, when the iPhone 8 blows everyone away with a wide and radical range of enhancements.
Pundits are increasingly looking ahead to 2017 for a big iPhone launch. Making predictions about the upcoming performance of Apple stock, analysts at Credit Suisse have forecast that the iPhone 8, to be released on the iPhone's 10-year anniversary in 2017 (skipping the 'S' generation in recognition of its major updates) will feature "significant innovations" such as a full-glass OLED screen, new and upgraded haptic feedback features, wireless charging and numerous major specs improvements including the camera and processor.
Kulbinder Garcha, one of the company's analysts, was sufficiently confident about the iPhone 8's performance to predict sales of 250 million units in fiscal 2018 (despite launching in the calendar year 2017, the iPhone 8's sales will be reported in 2018), compared to 215 million in 2017.
Garcha may be confident, but we're not so sure. Going three years between substantive updates to what remains by far its most profitable line in order to make a big launch match a big anniversary feels like a strange and risky strategy for Apple (we don't subscribe to Nikkei's theory that the company will follow a three-year cycle from now on), and with the Android sector pushing boundaries in a lot of ways this would inevitably result in accusations of stagnation - even more so than now.

iPhone 8 release date rumours: Apple's release schedule

Before we think about new features you should expect in the iPhones of the future, let's talk about the likely release date schedule. Apple's latest batch of smartphones, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, were released in the autumn of 2016. (Read more: iPhone 7 review and iPhone 7 Plus review.)
After that point it gets harder to predict. Based on the past few years of Apple launches, the generation after that logically ought to be an S update: the iPhone 7sand the iPhone 7s Plus, launched together in autumn 2017 (with the potential of an iPhone SE 2 in spring of 2017, or moved back to launch with them in the autumn). The iPhone 8 - as well as the iPhone 8 Plus - would then finally be unveiled in September 2018.
  • Sept 2016: iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
  • Mar 2017: iPhone SE 2
  • Sept 2017: iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus
  • Mar 2018: iPhone SE 3
  • Sept 2018: iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
But it may not be that simple.

iPhone 8 release date rumours: The end of the iPhone 'S' convention

It's possible that Apple won't continue the S generation strategy for much longer.
Many of us have pointed out that this 'tick-tock' system is a risky policy, tacitly acknowledging that iPhone generations alternate between major and minor updates - to be especially harsh, you could say worthwhile and superfluous updates. When the average user hears that the new iPhone hasn't even been considered worthy of a full version number upgrade, they'll be put off from spending money on the new offering. Not to mention that an S update is more confusing for buyers: iPhone 6 followed by iPhone 7 would have been clear and easy to understand; but it's less obvious which out of the iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus and 6s Plus is the more advanced model.
On this principle, therefore, we could see the iPhone 7 in autumn 2016 and the iPhone 8 the year after. At this point, nobody knows - but as soon as we hear more, we'll update this article.
And in October 2016 a little extra weight was added to the 'iPhone 8 in 2017' theory. According to Business Insider, an Apple employee in Israel who solders components spoke to them about the next iPhone and referred to it as the iPhone 8 "unprompted in our conversation". The sourced added that the iPhone 8 would be "different" from the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7, and have a better camera - neither of which are particularly out-there predictions.
Now, what new features and tech developments can we expect in the next few generations of Apple smartphone?

iPhone 8 release date rumours UK | iPhone 8 specs: Design

iPhones are that lethal combination of expensive and fragile that results in so much consumer heartache. The result is that each iPhone owner has to make their own deal with the devil: either wrapping it in a robust case, thereby masking the handsome design that they paid all that money for in the first place, or risk pavement damage every time they take the thing out of a pocket. But design changes may mean this is not the case in the future.
Here are the design changes we expect in the iPhone 8.

iPhone 8 design: 10th-anniversary redesign will be 'a big f**king deal'

The year 2017 (June the 29th, to be precise) marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, and some suggest that Apple will want to come up with a real blockbuster of a redesign to celebrate.
Noted tech blogger Robert Scoble has posted an exhaustive list of predictions for next year's iPhone, and he expects big things. "It's the 10th anniversary of the iPhone," he writes. "It's the first product introduction in Apple's new amazing headquarters. It's a big f**king deal and will change this industry deeply." (Those are Scoble's asterisks.)
Design-wise, he expects that the iPhone 8 "will be, I am told, a clear piece of glass (er, Gorilla Glass sandwich with other polycarbonates for being pretty shatter resistant if dropped) with a next-generation OLED screen (I have several sources confirming this). You pop it into a headset which has eye sensors on it, which enables the next iPhone to have a higher apparent frame rate and polygon count than a PC with a Nvidia 1080 card in it."
He also says to expect "battery and antennas to be hidden around the edges of the screen, which explains how Apple will fit in some of the pieces even while most of the chips that make up a phone are in a pack/strip at the bottom of the phone". But the range of features Scoble is expecting is overwhelming. You really need to read the post for yourself.
Scoble isn't the only one predicting a big redesign for 2017. French site nowhereelse.fr has shared a leaked image (below), which appears to showcase the exact dimensions of the iPhone 7. These dimensions are identical to the ones found on the iPhone 6s, measuring 67.12mm wide and 138.3mm tall. Through this image, it would appear that there also won't be any change to the camera (there have been rumours about a dual camera system as you'll discover later in this article). The image has the OnLeaks stamp on it, and OnLeaks has been reliable with Apple leaks in the past.



iPhone 8 design: Glass front and back, with stainless steel option

9to5Mac has got hold of a report from the ever-quotable and usually reliable Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities - a report that predicts, based on the popularity of the scratch-prone Jet Black iPhone 7, that the iPhone 8 will have a (more scratch-resistant) glass front and back.
"If Apple does follow through with what KGI suggests, an all glass design could extend the glossy finish to all colours of the iPhone lineup depending on how Apple handles the design," 9to5mac says.

iPhone 8 design: New Deep Blue and Space Black colour options

There have been various rumours about new colour finishes, focusing on two possibilities: a new blue option, and a darker and possibly glossier version of the current Space Grey, widely referred to as Space Black.
The Japanese site Macotakara has posted what it claims is a leaked photo of iPhone 7 SIM trays in five colours: a shiny new black (or very dark grey) finish, along with the silver, Space Grey, Rose Gold and gold with which we are currently familiar. (The picture on the left below is a mockup based on the new rumoured black colour finish rather than a leaked photo.)

iPhone 8 design: Glass front and back, with stainless steel option

9to5Mac has got hold of a report from the ever-quotable and usually reliable Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities - a report that predicts, based on the popularity of the scratch-prone Jet Black iPhone 7, that the iPhone 8 will have a (more scratch-resistant) glass front and back.
"If Apple does follow through with what KGI suggests, an all glass design could extend the glossy finish to all colours of the iPhone lineup depending on how Apple handles the design," 9to5mac says.

iPhone 8 design: New Deep Blue and Space Black colour options

There have been various rumours about new colour finishes, focusing on two possibilities: a new blue option, and a darker and possibly glossier version of the current Space Grey, widely referred to as Space Black.
The Japanese site Macotakara has posted what it claims is a leaked photo of iPhone 7 SIM trays in five colours: a shiny new black (or very dark grey) finish, along with the silver, Space Grey, Rose Gold and gold with which we are currently familiar. (The picture on the left below is a mockup based on the new rumoured black colour finish rather than a leaked photo.)


Shortly after the Deep Blue rumours emerged, a second colour rumour came to light from the same blog. Macotakara has now said that Space Black will be introduced instead of Deep Blue to replace the current Space Grey option. This would be in line with the Apple Watch's Space Black option, and is 'confirmed' by an anonymous 9to5Mac source. Take a look at a concept photo below, showcasing the rumoured Space Black colour option:

by #macworld


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