About the iPhone 8
The iPhone 8: What We Know So Far
For many people, the annual launch of the new iPhone is one of the biggest tech events of the year. And with September rapidly approaching, you might be beginning to wonder just exactly what you’re going to be getting. Whether you’re into pre-ordering, standing in line, or you’re just curious, here’s everything we know so far about the new iPhone 8.
When Will it Be Released?
This question isn’t quite as simple as you might think. Yes, Apple traditionally releases their new iPhone models in September, and it’s perfectly possible that this is what will happen with the iPhone 8. But… rumour has it that Apple is releasing three new models this year, which for the sake of simplicity we’re going to refer to as the iPhone 7S, the 7S Plus, and the 8.
Apple have done more or less the same in previous years, releasing an S version which is a small upgrade, and then a whole new number, which is a larger upgrade. But this year is the first time where they’ll reportedly be releasing everything all at once. Whilst we’re pretty confident that the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus will release in September, we’re not so sure about the 8. Possibly the iPhone 8 will come at the normal annual launch meeting, but it could be held off a little to release after the excitement of the 7S and 7S Plus launch has died down. We’re confident that the iPhone 8 will release before Christmas, however!
Apple are rumoured to be having supply problems with the 8’s screen tech, as well as issues with fingerprint scanners. Even if the 8 does launch in September, more and more experts are saying that you won’t actually be able to get your hands on one until at least October. So be prepared!
How Much Will it Cost Me?
Yet another tough question. Last year’s iPhone 7 released at £599 for the basic model. But we’re likely to see the 8 go for slightly higher than that, due to a combination of factors. The first of these is simply the higher specs and better quality hardware that’s going to go into the 8, leading most rumours to say that the base price is going to be at least £650 or so. But Apple is an American company, and factor in a weak pound conversion rate, and you could be looking at even more. The top end, large memory model of the iPhone 8 is likely to hover around the £1000 mark. All this means that on contract you’re probably looking at about £45 a month or so.
Though Apple’s traditional iPhone design certainly isn’t going to change too much, there are rumoured to be some deviations. The iPhone 8 could have a curved glass back panel, rather than the traditional aluminium backing we’ve grown used to. You’ll still get a metal frame, though it could be stainless steel rather than aluminium according to one source.
Headphone jack? Not likely. Apple have abandoned it for good, it seems, though you’ll probably still get that free lightening jack to headphone converter in the box. Home button? Probably not, surprisingly. It seems that Apple are moving towards non physical buttons, meaning everything will be on the touchscreen, rather than having the familiar circle button at the bottom centre.
A small change rumour: the iPhone 8 might jump up a waterproof rating and get an IP68 rather than an IP67 rating this time around. That’s not a big deal though, it simply means your phone can take a little more water than before.
It’s been rumoured for a while now that the iPhone 8 would get a curved screen, but it looks like that’s not the case. Rather the screen will be flat, but the glass bezelling will curve around the sides, giving the illusion of a curved display (similar to the display on the most recent Samsung Galaxy S8). The big news here is that this should be an AMOLED display, giving more brightness and clarity, and better colour reproduction than ever before. This is a big step for Apple, who have relied on LCD screens up until now.
AMOLED displays are much better suited to VR, which is going to be a major selling point in phones over the next couple of years, so Apple seem to be preparing for that. Furthermore, there are rumours that this could be a Quad HD or even higher resolution screen. Those are unconfirmed, however. And given supply problems with high res AMOLED displays at the moment, Apple might only offer this option on the top end model or as an additional (paid for!) extra.
In terms of size, we’re likely talking big: around 5.8 inches. That’s pretty huge, but Apple could be compensating for this by having a completely bezel-less front panel. No bezel means no home button (as we’ve discussed), but also means that the front camera as well as the fingerprint scanner sensors could all be placed inside the screen itself. This would be a major innovation, though rumour has it that Apple are still struggling with the fingerprint sensor tech.
Apple tend not to mess with a good thing, and they’ve obviously found a camera set that they’re happy with. The iPhone’s technical camera specs haven’t changed much over the last few years. You’re likely to still get that 12 MP or so rear cam, and probably around an 8 MP front camera. The iPhone 8 will also almost certainly have the same dual rear camera set that we saw on the iPhone 7.
That’s not to say that there won’t be any changes at all when it comes to cameras though. Apple are rumoured to be working heavily on what they’re calling AR or Augmented Reality. This basically means that you can point your phone camera at something and your phone will have certain kinds of info. Maybe that’s a painting, and your phone knows the artist, or perhaps you’re at the football stadium, and your phone will be able to pinpoint your seat simply by panning around the stadium with your camera. Useful, innovative, and we could see the beginnings of this in the iPhone 8 (though we’re not likely to see the full on effect yet).
This AR obsession might explain why the dual camera lens on leaked pictures of the 8 seem to be placed vertically, rather than horizontally. We gotta be honest though, and say that nobody really seems to know the real reason for these vertical lenses, and AR is just an educated guess.
Again, we’re probably not going to see huge leaps in performance on the 8. 3 GB of RAM seems likely, but that’s fairly standard. There’ll be the new A11 chipset, so you’ll probably get a bit more speed there. But in general we’re looking at performance that will be similar (probably identical unless you’re a hardcore user) to the iPhone 7. We will probably see a bump up to iOS11 (rather than the current iOS10) in the very near future.
The big performance deal here could be battery life. Battery life issues have long been the bane of iPhone owners, but the earlier rumour of the 8 having two batteries doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Instead, a bigger battery is rumoured to be on board, giving you that much more juice. Whether that bigger battery is going to be big enough to power up the larger screen for longer remains to be seen, however.
Wireless charging could be good to go, a first for Apple. Previous aluminium build phone haven’t been capable of wireless charging, so this could explain why the 8 could well be glass build. Wireless charging is likely to be top end only. However, fast charging tech will probably be seen on all versions of the iPhone 8.
There are a few other rumours around too. Most believable of these is that the 8 will have an iris scanner (since Samsung already has this, it’s more than likely). There could be more security features too, like the automatic recording or picture taking of a thief. There’s a rumour that new sensors will mean your phone responds to touch everywhere (not just on screen), though that seems slightly doubtful. In terms of memory, 256 GB will almost certainly be the largest version again, and 64 GB the smallest. There may also be some form of facial recognition tech included.
If you’re an Apple fan then you’re sure to be excited about the al new iPhone. It looks like the iPhone 8 is going to be the best iPhone yet, as well it should be. However, don’t hold your breath on that release date. As September gets closer and more news rolls in, it does seem that the 8 won’t be on shelves in September, though it might get the same announcement date as the 7S and 7S Plus. In all likelihood you’re going to be waiting until October or even November to get the 8. But if all these spec and design rumours are true, the iPhone 8 should be well worth the wait!
What about iPhone 8 Deals?
Want to get ahead of the game? If you’re looking to get the best deal on an iPhone 8, then we’ve got all you need to know!
What to Expect from the iPhone 8
Apple’s new iPhone hasn’t even been released yet, but we have plenty of rumours to get us started. The iPhone 8 should sport a whole new set of screen specs. An AMOLED display means that this iPhone should have the brightest, clearest screen yet. Oh, and with less bezelling, the screen should cover nearly all of the front panel of the phone.
There’ll be better and faster performance too, with Apple’s new A11 chipset. You’ll still get great dual camera tech. And then there are tons of extra features, like facial recognition security and an added level of waterproof protection. Plus, you’ll get legendary Apple design.
When Can I Get Deals on the iPhone 8?
Apple generally release their new phones at a large press event in September. You’re unlikely to find deals on the iPhone 8 before this. However, once the 8 has been officially announced you should start to see new deals pop up online and with major operators.
You’ll find that many operators will allow you to pre-order the phone, but don’t expect too many discounts with pre-orders. Once the phone is actually on shelves, you’ll be more likely to find cheaper deals.
SIM Only iPhone 8 Deals
If you’re looking to buy the iPhone 8 on a SIM Only deal then you’ll be paying close to full price for the hand set. The actual price of the new 8 won’t be announced until the end of Apple’s September launch event, so we can’t tell you exactly how much you will pay.
However, given prices from last year’s model, we can make an educated guess as to the price of the 8. The base model of the iPhone 7 launched at £599, whilst the larger iPhone 7 Plus was £719. Rumour has it that the 8 is going to be a little more expensive at launch than the 7, but you can expect around the £600 to £650 mark for a basic 8 phone.
As always with Apple, you’ll be paying more if you want more internal memory (a 32 GB iPhone 7 is £599, a 128 GB is £699, and a 256 GB model is £799), so do keep that in mind. There is also a rumour that a large, high specced luxury version of the iPhone 8 is going to be released. That’s unconfirmed, but if true, you’ll likely be paying around £900 or so…
Monthly Contract iPhone 8 Deals
You’ll also be able to get a new iPhone 8 on a monthly contract deal with nearly all operators. In general, these deals contain both a charge for your monthly service (calls, texts, data) and a partial payment for the phone. Prices will depend on whether you sign up for a 12, 18 or 24 month contract (with longer contracts having lower monthly prices).
Again, we don’t have definite prices yet, but based on what happened with the iPhone 7 we can make an educated guess. You’ll likely be paying somewhere around £40 to £60 a month for the 8. This depends on which memory model you choose (lower internal memory being cheaper), the length of the contract, and how big the calling plan involved is (less minutes, texts, and data being cheaper than more).
How to Get the Best iPhone 8 Deals
If you’re looking for the best deals on the iPhone 8 you’re going to want to wait until after the launch date. Pre-ordering tends to be more expensive. In fact, the longer you wait, the cheaper deals are going to get.
Monthly contracts do tend to be cheaper in the long run than buying SIM Only phones. And when shopping for contracts you’ll need to decide first what kind of calling plan you need. Then you’ll need to compare contract prices with major operators, and through online deals. As a general rule, you’ll pay less online for a contract than in person.
The release of the new iPhone is always a highlight of the mobile tech year, and this year will be no different. We’re here to help, so if you’re looking for the best iPhone 8 deal, just watch this space!