Apple will announce the company’s latest iPhone lineup in September or October. This year’s offerings are likely to be significant because 2017 is the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone, which was launched in June 2007. Here are the latest iPhone 8 rumors. Come back often for updates.
One year, four new iPhones?
iPhone 8 concept
Last updated Feb. 20, 2017
For the first time in history, Apple could announce four new iPhones at the same time.
First among these could be a 5.8-inch iPhone 8 model featuring an OLED display. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, this model will include an “active screen area” of between 5.1 and 5.2-inches.
Key components, rumors:
- Could be called iPhone 8 … or “iPhone X“
- All glass design
- Water resistance improved to IP68
- 10-nanometer A11 chip
- Wireless Charging
- Iris scanning for authentication
- Edge-to-edge display from Samsung
- Camera and Touch ID integrated with the display
- Long-range wireless charging
- First new iPhone design since iPhone 6 launched in 2014
- “Unprecedented” sales numbers expected, though the 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.”
Parts for the iPhone 8 could be manufactured in the United States. Apple is said to have bypassed usual supplier Foxconn and placed orders for forged stainless steel iPhone casings from U.S.-based Jabil.
On Jan. 18, Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company told investors that the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone model could feature a “wraparound” screen design. This display could utilize a “fixed flex” screen.
On Feb. 13, the Korea Herald said that Samsung has signed a deal with Apple to make 160 million OLED panels for the next-generation iPhone.
Latest iPhone 8 mockups:
"iPhone 7s" and "iPhone 7s Plus"
Apple typically releases “s” iPhone models in odd years. This naming convention should continue with the release of the “iPhone 7s” and “iPhone 7s Plus” in 2017. Because of the simultaneous release of the iPhone 8, however, these handsets will play a less significant role than past “s” models.
The 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus are expected to be very similar to the current-generation models and feature aluminum bodies. The only visible change: Apple might introduce a Red version to go along with the current Space Gray, Jet Black, Gold, Rose Gold, and Silver options.
Cowen suggested the new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models could also include OLED displays, depending on Samsung’s ability to supply the screens to Apple. All models could also feature wireless charging.
5-inch 2017 iPhone model
In late December 2016, the rumor mill suggested that Apple was also prepping a new 5-inch iPhone. This handset could have identical specifications to the 2017 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones. Unlike the other two, however, this model may feature a vertically-designed camera.
Back in October 2016, Nikkei Asian Review said a 5-inch iPhone for iPhone 7 was a possibility.