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There would be three new iPhone models in 2017

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Written by Kamil Arli

Tech Columnist Chris Martin published an article on the iPhone 8.

Forget the iPhone 7, it’s the iPhone 8 you’ll be more interested in. Set for a 2017 release to celebrate the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, here’s what the rumours say about the iPhone 8 UK release date, features and specs.

THE IPHONE 7 HAS ONLY BEEN ON SALE  FOR A WHILE

 The iPhone 7 has only been on sale for a while, but all we seem to be hearing are rumours about the iPhone 8. We think Apple might well be holding back some major updates and improvements for the iPhone 8, which will be launched on the 10th anniverary of the first iPhone. Here we round up the rumours about the iPhone 8 release date, price, features and specifications.

Hang on a minute, shouldn’t the next iPhone be the iPhone 7s? It still could be. Rumours suggest there will be three new iPhones, two of which are the expected iPhone 7s and 7s Plus models. The third would be the flagship, and 10th anniversary, iPhone ‘8’. We’d be surprised if Apple goes for that naming convention, and other rumours say it  could even be called simply The iPhone, or iPhone Pro, but for now we’ll stick to calling the 2017 iPhone the iPhone 8.

  • There will be three phones, including one codenamed ‘Ferrari’ (i.e. the anniversary iPhone)
  • The main logic board will be in two pieces instead of the traditional one
  • Apple may move the SIM tray to the bottom edge (this could be to allow room for other internal components or to include a Smart Connector)
  • Wireless charging is very likely to feature, and could even have long range, up to 15ft away
  • A glass back may be used instead of metal to facilitate wireless charging
  • Quick charging will be supported when using a cable
  • New speaker design could make the phone the thinnest ever
  • It will have a ‘borderless’ OLED screen from Samsung – read more.
  • The home button won’t be physical, but will be under or built into the screen
  • Laser sensor for gesture recognition – read more.
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The latest video from ConceptsiPhone does a decent job of showing what the iPhone 8 might look like. It’s similar to the iPhone 7 but shows namely how Apple could make the screen bigger and integrate the home button. It’s interesting to see an idea of how the bottom of the display might be used, similar to the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro.

iPhone 8 UK release date: September 2017 (TBC)

Although ages away, we can fairly confidently predict the iPhone 8 release date. Assuming the annual September announcement tradition continues, the iPhone 8 release date will be in September 2017. However, 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone launch, so we wouldn’t be too surprised if Apple mixed things up a bit (it launched the SE – pictured below – in March).

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According to Tech Trader Daily (via MacRumours), Apple might be putting the iPhone 8 into production in June, sooner than expected. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the launch will be earlier than September given the potentially radical design change.

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Kamil Arli

Editor of DigitalReview.co. Digital Media Consultant

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