iPhone 8 and iPhone X: What we know so far?

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Apple is scheduled to launch the much-awaited iPhone 8 series including iPhone X on September 12. We have been hearing several rumors about the name of the upcoming phone. While we have seen iPhone 8 floating around the web for a very long time since 2016, there are reports that the Cupertino-based giant will most likely launch iPhone X infused with an OLED display. Interestingly, the details of the iPhone X loaded with an unreleased version of the iOS have been reportedly leaked ahead of the launch event. The latest leak assumes significance since it exposes the core features of the handset.

Standard models

According to sources, Apple will launch iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus with standard specifications. While the iPhone 8 will be equipped with a 5-inch display, the Plus variant will be integrated with a 5.5-inch display. Moreover, the Plus model will carry dual camera sensors. Previously, it was widely rumored that the company will launch iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s along with the premium OLED-enabled iPhone 8.

iOS 11 code leaked

According to BBC, an unnamed source had supplied the relevant links to the gold master code of the iOS 11, which was downloaded from the servers maintained by Apple. There are reports that people from within Apple had leaked out the list of URLs to tech publications such as MacRumors and 9to5Mac.

Commenting on the development, popular tech blogger John Gruber revealed that the source code was leaked deliberately by an Apple employee, who seems to be rogue. The company should conduct an investigation as to whether any employee had indeed leaked the source code to third-party websites. If the rumor turns out to be true, then it is a gross misconduct and the concerned employee deserves punishment. Gruber is of the opinion that the employee had spoiled surprises before the official launch.

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Upcoming AirPod leaked

Meanwhile, the renders of the upcoming Apple Watch and AirPod headphones including the steps required to create a Face ID and a basic overview of Animoji were also leaked. The iOS 11 will have an animated emoji characters that signify the facial expressions of the user. The Tim Cook-owned company will also release a refreshed Apple TV along with the iPhone.

Possible features of iPhone X

Talking about the iPhone X, the device expected to cost $1000, will ship with a high-resolution OLED display, enhanced touchscreen coupled with wireless charging technology. Moreover, the Touch ID and the physical home button will be removed to accommodate the new gesture controls. Bloomberg reports that the Touch ID sensor will be integrated on to the display.

According to reports, Apple has already tested iPhone 8 without physical home button and worked with the new gesture controls to ensure compatibility. The rumors emerging from OnLeaks reveals the fact that the rear cameras will be housed in a vertical orientation to enable improved depth sensing of AR, facial recognition including Iris scanner.

Wireless charging ready

Furthermore, the display will have an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 alongside water and dust resistance via IP68 technology. The rear side will be integrated with glass to provide support for wireless charging. According to OnLeaks, the placement of mute switch, volume controls, and power/lock button will be identical to that of the iPhone 7.

Possible delay

Even though the iPhone 8 will launch on September 12, you will not be able to purchase the device until October 2016. The reason for the delay is due to the fact that the company faced production glitches and hence the manufacturing process has been pushed back. Apple will find it tough to meet the demand due to the upcoming holiday rush as part of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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That said, Apple is working to push the sales of the iPhone 8 and the overall revenue is expected to scale between $49 billion and $52 billion. It all depends on the pricing and the features the device will offer. As usual, Apple will live stream the launch event directly from the Steve Jobs Theater on September 12 from 10 AM PDT.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and currently part of MVP Reconnect program. He is also part of the prestigious ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com