The iPhone 7 has only just been released, but we’re already looking ahead to Apple’s next handset, the iPhone 8 (7s). You’d think we know very little about the next iPhone right now, but there are already some strong indications of when the next iPhone will come out – and which features it’ll bring. For example, Apple’s iPhone release date tends to run like clockwork, and there are also some legitimate rumours about features and screen tech that are already set to be introduced in the iPhone 8 (7s). Here we’ll provide you with a one-stop roundup of all the key things you need to know about the iPhone 8 (7s), including the projected UK release date, as well as any other rumours and news.
1. The next iPhone will be the 7s, not the iPhone 8
Apple tends to updated the iPhone on a “tick-tock” basis. After a redesigned, evolutionary “number” model, Apple tends to release an upgraded S model with the same outward design the year after. Apple just released the iPhone 7, and that means the next smartphone from the Californian tech company should be the iPhone 7s, not the iPhone 8.
2. We pretty much know the iPhone 8 (7s) release date
Apple hasn’t announced anything about the iPhone 8 (7s) yet, but we already have a good idea of when it will be released. Apple tends to stick to a pretty rigid time frame when it comes to its iPhone products, and a quick look at previous iPhone release dates will give a very good idea of when the next iPhone is due. Apple tends to release an iPhone every year in the last two weeks of September, so we should see the iPhone 7 around this time next year.
3. The iPhone (8) 7s could feature wireless charging
This year the iPhone 7 debuted water-resistant capability, something already seen on Android phones for the past few years – and it’s possible Apple will follow the Android crowd with another feature, too. Phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 feature wireless charging, and it’s very possible Apple will introduce that feature in the next iPhone. Apple tends to wait a while before introducing new technologies, and the introduction of wireless charging could provide a good incentive to get the updated iPhone.
4. The iPhone (8) 7s may finally use a OLED screen
For the past few years, the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy have used differing display technologies, but that could change with the iPhone 7s or iPhone 8. Apple has used backlit LED tech for its screens up until now, but new rumours suggest it will make the jump to OLED tech in the next few years. While both technologies have their own pros and cons, the Samsung Galaxy S7 screen uses OLED tech – and it’s our favourite display of any smartphone.
5. The iPhone 8 (7s) should cost the same as the iPhone 7
Apple hasn’t changed the price of the new iPhone recently, and that looks set to continue for the iPhone 8 or iPhone 7s. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t end up shelling more for the iPhone 7s: Apple may have kept the prices the same, but it’s also dropped and added storage options over the iPhone range. That’s forced owners to buy a smaller-capacity iPhone – or upgrade to a larger-capacity, more expensive model than before.
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