IT’S set to be a big year for Apple fans, because this year marks the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone.
The Sun reports rumours are still swirling over new features like a 3D camera, infinity screen to rival the Samsung S8, and free AirPods for every buyer.
HOW MUCH WILL THE IPHONE 8 COST?
Rumours suggest that the new smartphone could be a lot more affordable than you think.
Steven Milunovich, an analyst from global financial services giant UBS, claims that Apple’s prices are expected to stay around the same price as the iPhone 7. He said the flagship iPhone 8 will start from $A1100.
Milunovich wrote in a report seen by Mac Rumours: “Contrary to some perceptions, Apple prices quite competitively.
“Apple likes to position its entry-level products at the mid-market with ‘Pro/Plus’ products close to competitors at the high end.” But other experts have predicted that buying an iPhone 8 could set you back more than $1400.
This is because the 10th-anniversary smartphone will reportedly have 256GB of storage, augmented reality technologies, 3D sensors and high-quality OLED display.
WHEN WILL THE IPHONE 8 BE RELEASED?
Apple had been expected to release the iPhone 8 in September 2017, in keeping with its annual autumn launch of major new products.
In 2016 the iPhone 7 was launched on 16 September, so a similar mid-September date seemed most likely – although one analyst has claimed it could be unveiled at the company’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference on June 5.
Nothing has been confirmed, but Apple tends to stick to the same schedule every year. The iPhone 5, 5S, 6, 6S and 7 were all launched in September of consecutive years.
However, according to the Economic Daily News technical problems mean it could be delayed by weeks due to “technical issues” with the hotly anticipated curved screen and 3D camera.
Other rumours have suggested that delays in the handset’s new fingerprint sensor mean its release could be delayed until October at the earliest. And some analysts believe that there won’t be a new Apple iPhone launch until 2018.