Apple is set to release the latest edition of the iPhone in September and it is expected to be the company’s biggest launch in years.
The new iPhone release date is expected to be the week of September 4 or September 11.
The latest iPhone marks the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone and Apple is unlikely to let this landmark anniversary go by without releasing something pretty memorable.
Steve Jobs announced the iPhone in January 2007 and in June that year it was released.
It is rumoured that Apple will unleash some groundbreaking hi-tech features in its new model, which it is speculated will be called the iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone 10 or iPhone 7S and 7S Plus (the latter being the traditional names for models released after the initial launch – ie the iPhone 7 – though Japanese blog Mac Otakara, which has successfully predicted past Apple information, claimed the new model would be called the iPhone Edition, after the Apple Watch Edition.
In previous years, Apple Keynotes took place in the first and second weeks in September. Howev, r complications with the development of the new iPhone could push back the release date.
Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc, will give the keynote address in early September which will reveal the new iPhone.
The launch event will likely feature Apple’s newest innovative designs and a bespoke advertising campaign.
Here are some rumored features to pop up on the new iPhone
No Home button: Surprise, surprise: Apple has made the move to get rid of even more accessories on the latest model for a distinctly sleek Apple design.
No unlocking touch ID: Instead of using touch ID to unlock your phone, Apple could be moving towards facial recognition security.
Touch ID built into the screen: Patent filings suggest that the touch ID will be built into the screen part of the phone – goodbye passwords.
The iPhone 8 could come with a ‘mirror-like’ finish: Rumours suggest Apple’s next device will include a reflective case as well as three other colour options.
OLED display: The display on the iPhone is truly remarkable and is the most obvious upgrade for users, but the OLED display uses less power and provides us with a higher contrast display.
Curved or flat screen: There has been much speculation about whether the iPhone will move towards what Samsung has been doing with their curved display. If curved glass is a feature of the new iPhone it means they had to reach out to Samsung for the technology.
Long distance wireless charging: It may be just too futuristic for us yet, as the idea of a charging pad may have come into being, but how will you use your phone when it’s charging?
Smart Connector: Used for interfacing with an AR or VR headset
Stainless steel frame: A forged stainless steel frame with reinforced two glass panels.
Front facing 3D recognition: 3D sensors for improved facial recognition and inserting yourself into a 3D game.
New colours: Apple has been very astute about moving with the times and with their customers when it comes to colours.
According to iPhone production leaks there could be a striking copper gold colour coming to the franchise that some are describing as ‘blush’, however it is officially described as ‘champagne gold’.
Vertical dual-lens camera: The idea of the dual-lens was introduced in the iPhone 7 plus and has really improved the iPhone reliability as a professional photography device. In this model we expect to see the dual-lens stacked vertically, possibly to improve landscape shots, which would show that Apple is committed to making us all high-quality photographers.
Range of sizes: One of the biggest feature updates of the iPhone 7 was that you could get the biggest phone ever produced by the tech brand, with the 7 Plus having a 5.5-inch display.
This time there will be even more choice as the iPhone 8 or iPhone X is rumored to be available in three different sizes, 4.7-inch display, 5.5 inch display and a 5.8 inch display.
This time around we will get an edge to edge display, the largest yet, however, the phone itself will not be bigger than the current iPhone 7 Plus.
The name: Based on the tick-tock cycle that Apple follows – releasing a new design every two years, and releasing updates to that design the following year, giving us iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S, this could mean we are just going to get the iPhone 7S.
However, because this is the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, there is speculation they could mark the occasion by calling this model the iPhone X, though as with iOs X, there is the risk people will misread the Roman numerals and call the phone the iPhone ‘ex’ rather than the intended iPhone ’10’.
All glass design: It is rumoured that instead of the aluminium casing we have seen before, there could be an all-glass casing, so butter fingers beware.
Price: The latest iPhone could be the first iPhone to cost more than $1,000 (£795), so this could be the make or break upgrade for many.