Apple’s new iPhone 8
will be officially unveiled today. The latest smartphone is expected to be a radical change for the company, which will seek to wow users for the 10th anniversary of the device.
Fans got an early taste of what’s in store ahead of today’s release date when Apple suffered a major leak two days before its launch, with many of the iPhone 8’s features being revealed.
The latest leaks suggest the new phone – its price could be in the region of £1,000 – will actually be called the iPhone X and will include wireless charging, facial recognition, an edge-to-edge display and – for the first time – no home button. Apple is expected to release the device alongside two other phones, called the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
Here’s everything you need to know Tuesday’s the iPhone X release.
When will it be released?
Tim Cook is expected to unveil the iPhone 8 at an event in California on September 12. In August the company sent invitations out to journalistsinviting them to an event at its new Apple Park headquarters at 10am Eastern Time (6pm UK time)
Tradition dictates the devices will go on sale a week after their announcement, making it likely the iPhone 8 will be available for pre-order on September 15 and hit stores on Friday September 22.
Apple has dismissed rumours that production delays could affect the release of the phone, predicting strong sales in the coming months – above expectations and presumably driven by an iPhone launch.
There could be a limited supply of the iPhone 8 for the first few months of sales.
What will Apple unveil in September?
Apple is planning to break with tradition and release three phones in September: the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
The company normally releases a new design one year and follows with a slight upgrade the year after. Following this logic, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are anticipated to feature minor upgrades to the iPhone 7, such as a faster chip and longer battery life.
The flagship phone is now expected to be called the iPhone X and will feature a radical redesign in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone. It could give the device a new name in honour of the splash,
The company is also expected to unveil a third generation of the Apple Watch and a 4K Apple TV.
How much will it cost?
The iPhone X will probably be Apple’s most expensive handset year, with estimates suggesting it could cost $1,000 in the US. The weak pound and VAT mean that this could well translate into a cost of £1,000 or more in the UK.
The 8 and 8 Plus models, which may be available in greater numbers and earlier, are likely to be cheaper, close to the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus prices of £599 and £719.
An executive at Apple manufacturer Foxconn has suggested the high-end device will “not be cheap