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July 21, 2017

iPhone 8 – everything we know

With the tenth anniversary of Apple’s era-defining mobile phone looming on the horizon, all eyes are on the American tech giant in anticipation of their newest product: the iPhone 8.


There are currently lots of rumours flying around the net regarding the new phone and not all that much of substance coming from Apple itself, but here’s everything we know so far regarding what form the iPhone 8 will take, inside and out.


The design

Firstly, the looks. There have been a fairfewleaks over the past few months from various sources, and while there have been all sorts of design rumours cropping up, the consensus is that the phone should come with a nearly bezel-less 5.8” OLED display.


The screen will likely curve around the metal body of the phone in the same manner as the Samsung Galaxy S8, the rear will likely be made of glass, not aluminium and as was the case with the iPhone 7, and there almost certainly won’t be a headphone port.


Leaked images show that the dual-lens camera on the rear of the phone will jut out of the frame very slightly, with the front being situated on a very thin slice of bezel located on the top-centre of the display.


The features

While lots of members of the tech community were confused earlier in the year as to how Apple would reconcile the loss of the home button with the need for a fingerprint sensor, the consensus today seems to be that fingerprint sensors are being done away with entirely and replaced with a 3D facial recognition sensor.


These can be tough to get right, given that many facial recognition security systems can be fooled by a mere picture of the user, and others believe a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor could still be on the cards (in the same manner as Samsung’s S8).


Augmented reality is also said to be a new focus for the device – helped by the vertically-orientated, 3D camera – and wireless charging is also on the cards, given the lack of energy-disrupting aluminium in the design. A lightning port might be included too, although this could be replaced by a USB-C connection.


The specs

We’re not too sure what the exact components inside the iPhone 8 will be, although Apple’s A11 chipset, manufactured with the brand-new 10nm manufacturing process, should be under the hood. There will likely be around 3GB of RAM, alongside 64GB and 256GB-worth of storage capacity, depending on the model.


The release of iOS 11 will likely coincide with the new phone, which should bring updates to Apple Pay, iMessages and the App Store.


The release

Apple usually announces its newest iPhone devices at a conference in September. We’re not yet sure the exact date this year, although pundits seem to think that the iPhone 8 will be available soon after, possibly later in the month (with the 7S and 7S Plus being announced at the same time).


In terms of price, many are predicting a pretty big jump - £770 to £1,000 for a brand-new device. This is because of the OLED screen, advanced 3D camera, brand-new software and so forth, and some are saying that the 8 will be a true ‘luxury’ smartphone, distinct from the regular line-up of Apple devices that usually weigh in around £400-600.


Apple’s new iPhone will likely come with a range of new features becoming of its tenth-anniversary release, although you’ll have to wait until the September announcement for solid details. As with all new iPhones, insurance2go is offering unbeatable, five-star defaqto-rated iPhone 8 insurance from just £3.99 a month.