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
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:
- First new iPhone design since iPhone 6 launched in 2014
- Could be called iPhone Edition
- Available with 64GB and 256GB of storage
- All glass design; possibly a wrap-around design
- Water resistance improved to IP68; or perhaps waterproof
- 10-nanometer A11 chip
- Wireless Charging, probably using Qi protocol; long-range wireless charging
- Iris scanning for authentication
- Edge-to-edge display from Samsung; 92 million panels ordered?
- True Tone
- Vertical camera on the back
- Price could exceed $1,000 for the first time.
- The end of the Home button could be near. It could be replaced by facial recognition or a “function area.” The fingerprint scanner could also be on the back of the handset.
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.
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).
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.
- In early September, new iPhones are announced. Actual ship date might not happen for another 30 to 60 days.