Rumours surrounding Apple’s September 12 event had been in the air for long and now the company has confirmed that in its invites to media companies. Apple will launch 3 iPhones — including the iPhone 8 — alongside announcements for iOS, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.
Corroborating with reports from last week, the tech giant is holding a press event at the Steve Jobs theatre in the Apple Park Campus in Cupertino.
Apple will also be launching the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus alongside their flagship launch this year.
While the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus are expected to come with the same design and form factor of the iPhone 7 launched last year, the iPhone 8 is expected to sport an edge-to-edge OLED display — in competition with Samsung Galaxy S8 device.
If you go by numbers, Apple should name their tenth-anniversary device iPhone 8, but given that it indeed is a special occasion for Apple, many believe that it beckons a special moniker for the device.
There had been some speculations early on that the tenth anniversary iPhone might be called the iPhone X. While it’s unclear what it might be called, it sure is going to be a special one.
According to numerous leaks and rumors, the awaited iPhone 8 — or whatever the company decides to call it — will feature a tall bezel-less display with only the front camera, sensors, speakers being the only other things occupying space on the front panel of the device.
The upcoming tenth anniversary iPhone 8 is also rumored to have removed the TouchID and feature only facial recognition scanner to unlock the device with biometrics.
Apple will be focussing on ‘Face ID’ as means to unlock the next-gen iPhone and will most certainly try to do a better job than Samsung did with the S8 — more so since Touch ID is speculated to be removed.
Apple is also expected to officially roll out the iOS 11 alongside the launch of the iPhone tenth anniversary edition’s launch in September. The device is also tipped to sport a $999 price tag.
As pointed out by TechCrunch, you can expect the iPhone to go on pre-orders the weekend after the speculated launch — September 15 — and expect them to start shipping and hitting retail shelves by September 22.
While the iPhone 8 is tipped to launch at the September 12 press event, it is quite likely that Apple might not put their flagship on sale yet. Read our take on it here.