The iPhone 7 is here, but 2017 should see the release of the new iPhone 8, or iPhone 7s. While Apple’s current handset is the best iPhone yet, it doesn’t add a huge amount of features compared to the previous model, the iPhone 7s or iPhone 8 could be the update we’ve really been waiting for.
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 finally use an OLED screen
For the last few years we’ve expected Apple to put an OLED screens in the iPhone, and now the Sharp CEO, Jeng-wu Tai, has pretty much confirmed the iPhone 8 (7s) will have one.
Late last year, Tai said “The iPhone has been evolving and now it is switching from LTPS to OLED panel. We don’t know whether Apple’s OLED iPhones will be a hit, but if Apple doesn’t walk down this path and transform itself, there will be no innovation. It is a crisis but it is also an opportunity”. Tai is an executive at Foxconn, the parent company of Sharp, and also the people that make the iPhone – so it’s very likely he’s privy to some serious insider knowledge.
4. 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.
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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