Apple’s iPhone 8 will cost $999 when it goes on sale in September, a new report has claimed.
The New York Times says Apple will (just) keep the iPhone under $1000 at its launch.
It says the launch will see ‘a premium model priced at around $999, according to people briefed on the product, who asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak publicly. ‘
Rumours and leaks say the key to the new phone will be a new OLED screen with a much reduced bezel, and built in face recognition.
It will also include wireless charging capabilities, a first for the iPhone.
According to 9to5Mac, the $999 will be for the base model.
‘For $999, expect to get an iPhone 8 with 64 GB storage — the new base storage capacity for the 2017 iPhone lineup.
‘Apple will then offer a 256 GB upgrade (and maybe a 512 GB model) if you want to spend more; the company typically charges $100 more for every storage increment,’ it says.
Apple is expected to unveil the eagerly anticipated iPhone 8 at a special event on 12th September, and it will go on sale on September 22nd, it has been claimed.
The event is also expected to see the launch of an iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, a new version of the apple watch and a new 4K Apple TV.
It could also become the first event to take place at the Steve Job Theater at Apple’s new ‘Spaceship’ HQ, according to rumors.
The dates come from information given to phone carriers, according to mac4ever, which says ‘Several testimonies corroborate our sources today’
It comes as leaked images appear to show parts taken from the upcoming iPhone 8 in unprecedented detail.
The images, posted to Twitter by leaker Benjamin Geskin, claim to show the iPhone 8’s OLED display cover and a variety of cables, including for the Lightning port.
One of the photos, originally found on Chinese social media site Weibo, shows the iPhone 8s’ display compared to that of the iPhone 7.
This confirms rumours about the two handsets’ similar overall size.
With less than a month to go until the handset is expected to be officially launched, Apple’s flagship smartphone is now reportedly in mass production.
Rumours have followed the device since its announcement but leaks of images of components have stepped up their pace since production began.
Apple is anticipated to unveil the iPhone 8 alongside the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus in September.
The iPhone 8 is expected to come with a 5.8-inch display, but the lack of bezels surrounding it means that the full case appears to be only slightly bit bigger than the 4.7-inches of the iPhone 7.
In the months leading up to the official unveiling of Apple’s next smartphone, rumours have been rapidly circulating online about its expected design, specifications and features.
Many have come from physical accessories and components reportedly for the handset, as with this latest leak.
A case for the iPhone 8 revealed what appears to be the best peek at the much-anticipated handset yet.
The render of the case shows a ‘notch’ design with no home button, which lines up with all the information leaked about the device so far.
The latest in a string of leaked images comes from a case maker, who often get an early look at devices in order to have cases ready at the time of launch.
The leaked render comes courtesy of well-known Apple leaker Evan Blass, who shared it on Twitter.
Mark Gurman, another well-known Apple insider, replied saying the image above represents ‘a good look at the notch’ of the iPhone 8.
As The Verge pointed out, it appears the case is an Urban Armor Gear design, which sells the exact same model for the iPhone 7 series.
Others have noticed an unexplained potential problem with the image – the phone pictured is clearly not running iOS 11 (which will be the operating system for the iPhone 8), as indicated by the presence of bars instead of dots indicating signal strength.
In recent weeks an iOS developer has analysed leaked code for the HomePod smart speaker, which seems to hold hidden secrets relating to the iPhone.
They suggest that the iPhone 8 will feature a hands-free way to silence notifications.
By just glancing at the device, users will be able to mute sounds and ringtones for text, calls and other notifications.
The capability was discovered by Guilherme Rambo, who has been tweeting other findings over the past few weeks.
A feature that utilises similar technology has been available on some Samsung phones for several generations.
Called, ‘Smart Stay,’ it keeps the phone active when a user is looking at the screen.
Not much else is known about this feature for the upcoming iPhone other than the fact that is made possible by the rumored facial recognition technology, which was also discovered by Rambo.
Earlier this month, he first suggested the new device will likely feature facial expression detection after uncovering a potential ‘attention detection’ feature in the code.
He tweeted: ‘There’s also a lot of new references to facial expression detection,’ along with the section of the code he was referring to.
Facial references include ‘mouthsmile’, ‘mouthfrown’ and ‘mouthpucker,’ which are likely to be linked to the rumored facial recognition feature.
Days later, he uncovered one of the first additional uses for the facial recognition technology – Apple Pay.
It’s now believed facial recognition rather than Touch ID will be used to authenticate payments.
The specific code references ‘passbook.payment.contactlessinterface’ with ‘pearl.field-detect’ and ‘pearl.pre-arm,’ which is believed to the rumored Face ID.