Apple has finally confirmed the date for its next product launch event – and probably the reveal of the iPhone 8, too.
The last year has seen an endless flow of iPhone 8 rumours and leaks flooding the internet, so it feels as though Apple’s next smartphone has been with us all along. But Apple is finally set to make a formal announcement about what’s next for the iPhone brand imminently.
In an announcement today, Apple confirmed that its annual autumn launch event would take place on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. The event will be held at the Steve Jobs Auditorium, which is based on the newly-built Apple Park ‘spaceship’ campus in California.
We don’t know exactly what Apple is planning, but we have a good idea that it will look something like this…
iPhone 8 announcement
In celebration of the 10th anniversary since the first iPhone went on sale back in 2007, Apple is expected to launch a majorly redesigned version of the iPhone – tentatively dubbed the ‘iPhone 8’.
It’s also tipped that Apple will scrap the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and instead introduce a new user authentication system that utilises 3D facial recognition technology.
For a better idea of what to expect, here’s a supposed dummy unit featured in a YouTube video by respected tech vlogger Marques Brownlee:
iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus coming too
Also expected to be on the agenda are more minor upgrades to last year’s iPhone 7. The working theory is that the iPhone 8 will be paired with incremental successors that will be called the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus.
There’s little known about these handsets, and that’s probably because there’s not much to tell. If we see any changes on from last year’s device, it will likely come in the form of a new Apple A11 processor, an improved camera system, and an upgrade to the latest version of Apple’s mobile software – iOS 11.
These handsets will almost certainly be cheaper than the rumoured iPhone 8 too, although exact pricing remains a mystery.
And many more Apple products
Apple looks very likely to be plotting a number of other announcements. Some are more likely than others, but here are some of the options on the table:
A new Apple TV: A 5th-generation Apple TV could be announced, which would include support for both 4K and HDR image output.
New Apple Watch 3: It’s been hotly tipped that a new Apple Watch with on-board support for a SIM card – and thus a cellular connection – is coming at the event too.
The Apple HomePod: Apple’s long-awaited Siri-powered smart speaker – a rival to the Amazon Echo and Google Home – is almost certainly going to be on the agenda, but it’s not clear what we’ll learn just yet.
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We’ll be covering all the Apple news out of California live as it happens on September 12, so stay tuned to Trusted Reviews for the latest on all things iPhone 8.
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