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iPhone 8 rumors

iPhone 8 Rumors: What We Know About the 2017 Handsets

Apple should announce new handsets in September with a release in October
Credit: BGR
iPhone 8 prototype
iDevices
June 15, 2017

Trying to figure out what’s going on with the 10th anniversary iPhone (or iPhone 8) is like putting a jigsaw puzzle together with some pieces still missing. You have a good idea what the finished product is going to look like, but important holes remain.

Here are where things probably stand with the 2017 iPhone lineup as of June 15, 2017.

The Latest News

The Latest News
iPhone 8 concept

iPhone 8 concept

Credit: iDrop News, Benjamin Geskin

For months, it looked like Cupertino would introduce three new iPhones this year. In May, however, sources in the supply chain had narrowed that list to two. It’s now mid-June and we’re more convinced they’ll be three new handsets coming our way this year. We’ll probably see a 5.8-inch “iPhone 8,” 4.7-inch “iPhone 7s” and 5.5-inch “iPhone 7s Plus.”

The iPhone 8 is almost certainly going to feature an OLED display with the following key components:

Touch ID – The biggest unknown

Reports in April suggested that Apple might be forced to add a physical Touch ID button on the back of the device. At issue: production issues with the long-rumored integrated Touch ID on the front glass. That seems less likely now.

Instead, Apple might delay the iPhone launch to October or November to get it right. On May 8, Digitimes reported that all the phones are on schedule and will enter production in June.

In late May, a new report suggested Apple would be putting Touch ID into the device’s power button. For now, this is the least likely option.

Latest iPhone Edition mockups:

Two awesome iPhone 8 design videos:

iPhone 8 Rumors: The Name Game

Under normal circumstances, this would be the year Apple releases the “iPhone 7s” and “iPhone 7s Plus.” Given this is the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, we don’t expect Apple to use those names.

Instead, the next iPhone could be called: iPhone 8 (makes no sense given the anniversary number); iPhone Edition (too confusing); iPhone X (when in Rome); or simply iPhone (might just work).

Key Dates

Key Dates

We’ll be updating this post as we get closer to the 2017 iPhone release date(s). Each time there’s an update, we’ll let you know on the front page of the site.

Key dates:

  • In early September, new iPhones are announced. Actual ship date might not happen for another 30 to 60 days.