Apple’s new iPhone 8 will be officially unveiled today. The latest iPhone X is expected to be a major change for the company, which will look for to wow users for the 10th anniversary of the Apple device.
Fans got an early experience of what’s in store ahead of today’s release date when Apple suffered a major escape two days before its launch, with many of the iPhone 8’s features being unveiled.
The latest leaks recommend the new phone price could be in the region of £1,000. It will name as iPhone X and will include facial recognition, wireless charging, and an edge-to-edge display and – for the first time – without home button. Apple took to release the new iPhone 8 alongside two other smartphones, called the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
Here’s everything you need to know Tuesday’s the iPhone X.
When will it be released?
Tim Cook is expected to reveal the iPhone 8 at an event on September 12 in California. In August the company sent invitations out to journalists inviting them for the event at its new Apple Park headquarters at 10:00 am Pacific time (6:00 pm UK time)
Tradition dictates the devices will come in the retail sale a week after their announcement, making it likely the iPhone 8 will be available on pre-order from September 15 and hit in the stores on Friday September 22.
Apple has dismissed rumours that manufacturing delays could affect the release of the phone, predicting strong sales in the upcoming months – above expectations and most probably driven by an iPhone launch.
There could be a restricted supply of the iPhone 8 for the earlier months of sales.
What will Apple unveil today?
Apple is scheduling to break with tradition and reveal three phones in September:iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.Apple normally releases a new design one year and follows with a minor upgrade the year after. Following this logic, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are predictable to feature minor upgrades to the iPhone 7, such as a more rapid chip and longer battery life.
The flagship iPhone is now expected to be known as iPhone X and will feature a drastic improve 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 reveal a third generation of the Apple Watch and 4K Apple TV.
How much will it cost?
Apple iPhone X will probably be the Apple’s most pricey handset of the year, with estimates suggesting it could cost $1,000 in the US. The frail pound and VAT mean that this could well decode into a cost of £1,000 or more in the UK.
Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models, which may be available in larger 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”.
A price tag of iPhone X is almost $1,000 would make the new device 54 per cent more expensive than Apple’s current iPhone 7.
What colours will it come in the market?
Analysts and leaks advise the premium iPhone X will be available in at least three colors: white, black and copper or gold. The white and black colors are fairly standard, but a third color is expected to be available in either a copper or a champagne gold hue.
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What features will the iPhone X have?
Here are some of the best and most credible suggestions floating around the rumour mill.
It has been long an aim of Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s design chief, to make an iPhone which will be looks like one piece of glass, with a screen that covers the whole front of the phone.Rumours suggest it might finally arrive to completion with the new iPhone X. Clues in the HomePod code advise the phone will have a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED Display. Apple could also change the device’s aluminium back with a glass and aluminium bumper.
Kind of a design would allow Apple to increase the display size of the iPhone without rising its actual footprint, meaning it could in size to the iPhone 7 with a screen that matches the iPhone 7 Plus.
No Home Button
Since the original iPhone lauched in 2007 home button has been a notable feature of every iPhone, but Apple may be in a situation to get rid of it. It has already introduced advanced pressure-recognition technology with 3D Touch, and last year’s iPhone 7 had a solid-state home button that vibrates instead of clicks.The iPhone display is now also wakes up when the phone is picked up in hands, so there is no need to click a physical home button. Apple has patented a method of embedding Touch ID, its fingerprint reading technology, in the screen, so that might security issues can be solved.
The latest leaks from Apple’s firmware revealed effective home button that could be resized or even hidden.
Facial Recognition Software
Apple is expected to swap its Touch ID fingerprint sensor and home button with an infrared scanner that unlocks the iPhone using facial recognition software. This security upgrade is known for the super fast; able to scan a user’s face and unlock the device with in the “millions of a second”.It will work with a 3D camera, according to leaked images.
The developers found the references of technology, dubbed Pearl ID, in code for the HomePod smart speaker. It could be use to unlock the phone, log in to apps and verify Apple Pay transactions.
Similar facial recognition is currently available on competitor smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8.
There are suggestions that the facial recognition could allow the iPhone to be able to tell when you are looking at it, so that it can mute notification sounds and prevent your colleagues from your annoying ringtone.
Animoji are a new form of animated emoji that can be custom-made using facial recognition software, according to 9to5Mac. Users could be able to scan their face and the animoji will match their facial expression in a short animation.
The feature will only be available on the premium iPhone X, as it requires the 3D camera. Apple has produced a limited selection of animoji from its hundreds of emoji, including the unicorn, monkey robot, dog, pig, dog, cat, and pile of poo.
Apple’s own code recommended new developments in Apple’s camera technology. The “SmartCam” was exposed in firmware for the HomePod smart speaker, which is revealed it could identify unlike scenes and objects, such as babies, foliage, fireworks, pets, snow or sport.
Augmented Reality Directions
Clues in Apple’s future software suggest it will introduce a new way for directing users. The iPhone X could guide users around towns and cities using augmented reality to overlay directions onto the view through the camera.
The best signal of how the iPhone X could look is Apple’s latest software, which was unveiled in June and will ship on the latest device. The sticks out features of iOS 11 are peer-to-peer Apple Pay and a revamped Control Centre. It also has new safety features, including a do not disturb for driving mode and an Emergency SOS option that will lock thieves out when its owner is in danger.
Batteries are major issue with the Smartphone’s – as good as they are most last longer just a day – and battery technology is only making incremental progress. This means manufacturers have focused on technology such as fast charging as cooperation.But Apple could be the better on and allow wireless charging. Apple prominently removed the iPhone 7’s headphone jack, which meant users would not be able to use wired headphones and charger in their iPhone through the Lightning port at the same time. Removing the second part of that equation might make sense.
Some phones and devices like the Apple Watch already use charging that requires the device to be placed on induction pad. Apple going beyond for further and allowing true wireless charging that beams power from the socket would be a real breakthrough.
But rumours point to it is more likely that Apple will offer wireless charging as an optional.
How it will compare to the iPhone 7?
With an A11 chip, with the iPhone X will be no doubt to be lighting fast. With a price tag of more than £800 it will be more coslty than the base model of Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, although the top specifications of iPhone 7 Plus does currently priced at £919.
In terms of size, most analysts believe that it will be somewhere in between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Leaks of the schematics expect the new iphone to be around 144mm height and 71mm width. The current iPhone 7 is 138.3 x 67.1mm, while the iPhone 7 Plus is 158.2 x 77.9mm.
However with a 5.8-inch display, thanks to its almost edge-less design, it will have the largest screen of any iPhone ever made.