If you’ve had enough of all the leaks and are ready for Apple to finally make its latest smartphones official, you’ll be happy to know which date to mark in your calendar for that. According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, the company will be holding an event on September 12.
It is currently “aiming” to use the Steve Jobs Theater on its new headquarters campus. However, the new HQ isn’t finished yet, and depending on how construction on site goes the company may be unable to actually hold the announcement at the venue. The backup plan is likely to be the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, where it’s held events in the past two years.
Alleged iPhone 8 dummy unit
The information comes from people briefed on Apple’s plans, and corroborates an earlier rumor that originated at European carriers and talked about the exact same date for the grand unveiling. So at this point it’s probably time for Apple to issue the press invites. Interestingly, the company has used the same September 12 date for an announcement in the past – it was on that day that the iPhone 5 became official in 2012.
Now, five years later, the heavily redesigned iPhone 8 is going to be outed (even though it may be called something else, like iPhone X), sporting a near-bezelless OLED display, wireless charging, and facial recognition. The iPhone 7s and 7s Plus will join it, though these will be very similar to their predecessors – aside from a new chipset and glass used on the back instead of aluminum. Additionally, a 4K HDR capable Apple TV should be present at Apple’s event this September, along with the Apple Watch Series 3 with built-in LTE.
Given the company’s past antics, we can probably expect the new iPhones to become available on Friday, September 22, with pre-orders going live exactly one week before that.
Expected iPhone 8 Specifications
- Three new models including two minor “S” upgrades and an all-new iPhone 8
- Curved, edge-to-edge OLED display with True Tone technology and/or Ion-X glass
- Virtual home button
- Facial recognition alternative to Touch ID
- “Wireless” charging (i.e. inductive charging) and/or faster USB-C charging
- Dual-lens camera, possibly in a vertical configuration
- AR capabilities featuring rear-facing 3D laser for enhanced depth perception
- Support for the Apple Pencil
- Stainless steel and glass body
- Multiple color including a reflective, mirror-like finish
- Upgraded storage and memory, possibly starting at 64GB and 3GB of RAM
Intel or Qualcomm modem
- iOS 11 (preview)
- Enhanced water resistance or waterproofing
- Higher quality earpiece for louder, clearer audio
- Apple’s next-generation processor (the A10X or A11)
Priced between $999 and $1,200 in the US, available in limited quantities to start