Apple will launch the iPhone 8, said to be a special anniversary edition iPhone, on September 12 along with the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus. The company has sent out invites for a launch event that it is holding at Steve Jobs Theatre inside its new campus in Cupertino, California. At the event Apple is not only going to unveil the iPhone 8, which is likely to have a unique and never seen before design, but also the updated iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus that will succeed the existing iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. At the same time, the company is also likely to show a new Apple Watch, which will have support for cellular connectivity built inside it.
Unlike in the previous years when Apple has playfully hinted in the event invites about the products that it would later unveil, for the September 12 event the invite is simple. It has the colourful Apple logo – yes, that half-bitten Apple – and a message saying “let’s meet at our place”. By our place Apple simply means its new campus that partially opened in April this year and by colourful Apple logo, the company might be hinting at new colours for the iPhones.
But whether Apple teases it or not, it is now widely known that the company will unveil a new special edition phone at the September 12 event. This will be the iPhone 8, and it will mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, which was first introduced in 2017. Given that the iPhone 8 will be expensive (and special), Apple will also introduce the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus for lesser mortals. These two phones will be successor of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, respectively.
iPhone 8 specs, features and price
While there was a time when the new iPhone was used to be a mysterious product until its unveiling, in the last couple of years the iPhone launches have always been preceded by fairly accurate leaks. This time as well the new iPhone, which happens to be the iPhone 8, has seen its fair share of leaks. Almost all the top features about the phone have been confirmed. Here is what the device will probably bring:
— The iPhone 8 is set to come with a major redesign. There are rumours that Apple is going back to the timeless design of the iPhone 4 for the iPhone 8. In other words, the iPhone 8 is expected to come with the a design that will have glass on the front (screen) and a glass cover on the back. The device will have a metal frame.
— One of the most significant aspects of the iPhone 8 is that it will not have the physical home button. Instead it will come with a virtual home button under the glass cover on the screen. As far as its fingerprint sensor is concerned, that is reportedly moving to the Apple logo on the back cover. In a way the arrangement seems similar to what Google Pixel phones already have.
— The iPhone 8 will most likely come with an OLED screen, which will be a major change for the iPhone. Although phones like the Samsung Galaxy S are using AMOLED panels since their very beginning in 2010, Apple has continued with the IPS LCD technology. This time for its special edition, however, the company is hoping to move to the OLED panel. The iPhone 8 design will possibly ensure that the screen will have very thin bezels, similar to most of the high-end Android phones. Currently, the definite size of the screen is not known but it is expected to be more than the 5.5-inch display that the iPhone 5 Plus uses.
— The iPhone 8 will come with improved cameras. This is one area where the iPhone is now lagging behind. The sensor in the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus falls behind the image sensor in the phones like the Google Pixel and the Samsung Galaxy S8. Rumours are that with the iPhone 8, Apple will fix this. The iPhone 8 will also have dual camera setup similar to what is there in the iPhone 7 Plus. One of these cameras will use regular lens while the other one will have a telephoto lens to enable features like zoom photography and portrait mode.
— The iPhone 8 will most likely come with 3D face recognition, which will be used to unlock the device.
— On the front and back, the camera hardware in the iPhone 8 will also use hardware that will enable the use of the phone as a augmented reality device. In the iOS 11, Apple has already built support for augmented reality hardware.
— The iPhone 8 is likely to have wireless charging.
— The iPhone 8 will be powered by iOS 11. It will most likely use Apple A11 processor, which will be the next generation processor. The iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus use A10 processor. Also the iPhone 8 is expected to come with 3GB RAM and at least 32GB internal storage.
— The iPhone 8 is expected to have a price of around $1000. In India, the price of the phone could be close to, or even above, Rs 1 lakh. Globally, the iPhone 8 is expected to go on sale after September 23. In India, it will possibly launch in October or early November.
iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus specs, features and prices
While the spotlight at the Apple event is going to be on the iPhone 8, the company is also expected to unveil the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus. These two phones will come with some hardware improvements – better cameras for example – but they are likely to have a design that will be very similar to the existing iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Their screen sizes too will be similar to what the current iPhones have. In other words, the iPhone 7s will come with 4.7-inch screen while the iPhone 7s Plus will use a 5.5-inch screen.
These two phones will also have the introductory prices that are similar to the prices of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. In other words, the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus will be your regular S update that Apple does every second year for the iPhone. In India, the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s will possibly have a prices around Rs 70,000.