iPhone 8 Rumors: What to Expect

Here's everything we know about the iPhone 8

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Almost as soon as a new iPhone is announced, rumors about the next-generation model start cropping up. Well, it's time for some iPhone 8 rumors! The iPhone 7 series has been out for more than 9 months, and that means we're not far from the release of the iPhone 8 (assuming Apple follows the schedule it's used since the iPhone 4S, that is).

 

The iPhone 8 is of particular interest to many people because it's the 10th anniversary of Apple's world-changing smartphone. Many expect that that means Apple will make a special device to mark the occasion. Steve Jobs didn't usually celebrate these sorts of milestones (anyone remember the 20th Anniversary Mac, though?), but Apple is a bit different under Tim Cook. Maybe the company will celebrate.

This article helps you know what to expect from the iPhone 8. It offers the most credible (and some of the most ridiculous/fun) rumors about the next-generation iPhone.

What To Expect from the New iPhone 8

  • 3 models, not 2
  • Larger, bezel-less screen
  • Tweaked shape/design
  • Home button integrated into the screen
  • Wireless charging
  • Augmented Reality 
  • Upgrades to screen, processor and camera

Expected Release Date: Fall 2017
Expected Price: $649-$1049

More Information on the Next-Generation iPhone Rumors

Number of Models: 3, Not 2

For the past few generations, there have been two new iPhone models—a standard size and an extra-large size.

In the case of the iPhone 8, there may be three models. If these rumors are true, there will still be the two previous sizes. A third model with an even larger screen, possibly made with a more advanced screen technology, will be added to the lineup. 

What's It Going to be Called?

You'd expect this iPhone to be named the 7S.

Every second model after a new model number usually has an "S" after it. Apple has used this naming convention ever since going from the iPhone 3G to the 3GS in 2009.

The rumor mill thinks that may not be the case here. Virtually every rumor refers to this model as the iPhone 8. Apple may have chosen a new full-number name for the model to coincide with the 10th anniversary and to make the new model seem worthy of the big milestone. 

However, it's also possible that the two standard-sized iPhones will be the iPhone 7S and only the new, larger, more cutting-edge model will be called the iPhone 8.

New Design: Screen Size 

The iPhone 8 should offer the standard sizes of 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens. If there is a third model, though, it may sport a 5.8-inch screen. In addition to that, the 5.8-inch model may also feature an OLED screen. OLED, or organic light-emitting diode, is a display technology that delivers great-looking colors and blacks in a smaller, lighter screen than with other technologies. 

New Design: More Screen, Less Bezel

Another difference rumored to be available only on the 5.8-inch model is that it could have a curved-glass screen. That may or may not come to pass, but expect the other iPhone 8 models to have some pretty big design changes, too.

They should all feature a screen that runs all the way to the edges of the phone, making the front of the phone almost entirely screen

Home Button Integrated Into Screen

If the edge-to-edge screen rumor is true, there will be no bezel at the top and bottom of the screen for the user-facing camera or the Home button. If that's the case, expect the Home button to be integrated into the screen. In fact, Apple has patented technology that would allow any part of the screen to function like a Home button.

Wireless Charging

One of the major new features rumored to be coming in the iPhone 8 is wireless charging.

With it, forget about plugging your iPhone into a computer or wall adapter to recharge its battery. Current wireless charging essentially requires you to place your device on a special surface. Apple is rumored to be working on long-range wireless charging, which would mean you could charge your phone when it's across the room from a power source, but that might be a few years away. 

Augmented Reality

The iPhone 8 is expected to be the first Apple device with native support for Augmented Reality. AR, as it's called, is a technology that lets you see the real world and overlay digital data on it (think about how Pokemon appear to be in the room with you in Pokemon Go). Apple has already announced native support for AR in iOS 11. Expect the iPhone 8 to sport some cool features that change the way we look at the world. 

Processor Upgrade

Don't expect any major shocks here. Every new iPhone has a faster chip than the last. The iPhone 7 has the Apple A10 chip in it; the iPhone 8 will likely have an A11 chip that's faster and more efficient, delivering more computing horsepower and support for better graphics.

Camera Upgrade

For the iPhone 7 series, the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus has a dual-camera system that allows it to take telephoto images and achieve professional-looking depth-of-field effects. Some had hoped that that would migrate to the less-expensive 4.7-inch model with the iPhone 8. The rumor mill suggests that that won't happen. The dual-camera system will likely stay exclusive to the Plus (or maybe also the 5.8-inch model, if it exists).

Storage

The iPhone 7 series offers 32 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB of storage. Don't expect that to change with the iPhone 8.

Price

For the two standard models of the iPhone 8—the 4.7- and 5.5-inch screen options—expect pricing to be the same as on the iPhone 7: $649 and $769 and up, respectively. If the 5.8-inch OLED screen option does appear, expect to pay a premium for that, perhaps $100 or more over the cost of similar 5.5-inch screen models, which could make the high-end model cost over $1,000. 

Unlikely—But Super Cool—Features

Neither of these features is extremely likely be included in the iPhone 8, but there are enough rumors about them—and they're cool enough—that they're worth mentioning:

  • The iPhone was the first widely successful smartphone with biometric security—security that uses your unique physical characteristics. That was with its Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The iPhone 8 may include facial recognition or iris scanning. While not the first device to use these features, Apple likes these things to be polished, so it may or may not appear on the 8 series.
  • Rumor has it that the iPhone 8's camera could also sport 3D sensing features. This would allow the camera to understand how far away an object is from the phone, as well as how far objects are from each other. This could deliver even higher-quality photos and, maybe most important, would add support for additional Augmented Reality features, object scanning, and much more.