The next iPhone, the unsurprisingly named iPhone 8, will be Apple's 10th anniversary edition of its most popular product.
V3 has trawled the bars of San Francisco, tailgated senior Apple executives, and bribed hundreds of engineers to bring you this up-to-the-minute breakdown of everything we know so far.
This looks likely to be September 2017, in keeping with Apple's usual annual release cycle, although some models may be tough to get hold of before October at least.
There have been persistent rumours of supply chain problems - suprising given that supply chain maestro Tim Cook is now in charge of the firm - particularly around one of the models likely to be launched: the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone. Which brings us to the next rumour.
Apple is planning to release at least three flavours of iPhone 8, although given that at least ten different models have been prototyped, it's hard to know which will ever see shop floors.
What's most likely is that there will be a flagship 5.8 inch OLED 'premium' model, with 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch 'normal' LCD screen models.
All three models are rumoured to run on a 10-nanometer A11 chip, and that they should be faster, lighter and quicker to charge (perhaps even with wireless charging) than previous models. It should also include:
- Rear-facing Touch ID sensor
- iOS 11 with 'advanced Siri functionality'
- Face-scanning technology
- Vertical dual cameras on rear
The trend in Apple's device pricing strategy is a strong upward curve - just take its latest MacBook launch as guidance. The rumours are that the flagship model could be the first iPhone to start at over $1,000, and that sounds more than likely to us.
Hey, the firm has to offset disappointing sales in China somehow, right?
No Home Button
This one's worth a section to itself. Many reports suggest that Apple is at the very least flirting with the idea of ditching the home button - seen on every iPhone since the Newcomen Steam version of 1712. The idea, apparently, is that the home button will go, to make way for a fingerprint sensor below the screen.
Alternatively, the fingertprint scanner will go on the back, according to other rumours. But for us, given that the firm wants to do something radical for the anniversary, our money is on the home button going the way of the dodo (and the Galaxy Note 7).
24/05 - According to reports, details have already begun leaking about the iPhone 9 - a product still 18 months away or so. Apparently Apple has been given approval to begin testing superfast 5G connectivity in the US.
Given the lack of consensus globally around what 5G actually is, and the fact that most people just want proper 4G coverage, we're not utterly convinced by this one.
There are other rumours that the iPhone 9 will have OLED screens made by Samsung, Apple's big rival, in both 5.28-inch and a whopping 6.46 inch versions.
So that's not far off holding an iPad up against your head. Hmm...
24/05 - A new video has appeared of what people are calling a hands on of the 'final' iPhone 8 design. While we wouldn't bank on this being the 'real', or final final design, there's at least a chance that this is the genuine article.
07/06 - Apple revealed iOS 11 at its WWDC event recently, and that looks set to be the operating system which will run the iPhone 8.
07/06 - Looking at launches of previous iPhones, which have ranged from 16th-21st September, the smart money is on it being the 18th, 19th or 20th September this year (actual launch date, not just the reveal which is likely to be the previous week).
More updates will be added as they surface, so stay tuned!
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