iPhone 8 Available from September 2017

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Speculation is already underway about Apple’s next smartphone release

It’s no real secret that a new iPhone will appear in Essex shops to buy around September or October this year. Apple’s replacement cycle for its hugely popular smartphone is usually annually at the start of autumn, a trend adopted by the company since the first generation model appeared in June 2007.

Rumours of major changes for the iPhone 8

Generally, when Apple move to a ‘whole number’ change such as iPhone 5 to 6 (as opposed to 5 to 5S or 6 to 6S) it heralds a significant change to the design rather than a handful of running changes. When the iPhone 6 was released in 2014 it marked a major difference to its predecessors the 5 and 5S; a new case and larger screen identified it as a significant departure in its design evolution.

Somewhat surprisingly the current model, the iPhone 7, isn’t much different to its predecessors the 6 and 6S, with tech reviewers considering it a mild evolution rather than the revolution expected of a ‘whole number’ model designation. Indeed, the 6S was considered more of a significant model change when it replaced the 6 in 2015.

The prediction that Apple are going straight to a new whole number in September with an ‘iPhone 8’ as opposed to a ‘7S’ points towards a significant change to the design or, at the very least, a major overhaul of features under the skin. Also, September marks the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, so Apple may be looking to celebrate in style and use this milestone as a way of creating extra buzz for its most successful product.

If you’re interested in replacing your iPhone with the new model, then it could be worth taking steps to sell your iPhone ahead of the likely September launch so as to maximise its value before too many others look to switch.

So what will the new iPhone offer?

Some of it is subject to speculation, but the rumour mill is sufficiently advanced these days that many predictions for the next iteration of the iPhone turn out fairly accurate. Therefore, indications are that the new phone will indeed be a significant design departure from the present one.

Here is some of what’s expected:

Larger display – on the standard iPhone (as opposed to the ‘Plus’ variant) screen real estate could increase up to possibly 5.5 inches; this will likely be achieved by an ‘edge to edge’ display compared to the current model so the phone won’t necessarily be larger. Because there’s no bezel on the new model, it means the likely demise of the current home button with the touch ID and front camera being built into the display.

OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display – where the diodes themselves emit light as opposed to the backlit display illuminating them. It basically makes for a sharper and clearer screen although the iPhone’s current high density ‘Retina’ display will take some beating.

An OLED display may enable the new iPhone to be thinner, consume less power and improve design flexibility, thus making a ‘wraparound’ look possible.

Glass body – replacing the aluminium bodies used since the iPhone 5 and going back to a similar body to that used in the iPhone 4.

Wireless charging – not all rumour sources agree on this, but it’s a possibility.

More powerful processor – this is common in iPhone releases; each model is usually more powerful than the last, but the rumoured A11 chip is also expected to also be more energy efficient, so hopefully improving battery life.

Biometrics – following the Touch ID featured on the last few iPhones is the possibility of iris recognition.

Battery life – a biggie for many who find iPhones and smartphones in general need a recharge all-too frequently, the power savings and possible larger battery should improve things. Actual figures of battery hours aren’t to hand as yet.

Wider model range – rumour has it that there may be two or three variations at different price points, not just the same phone with a few storage options (and a bigger screened ‘Plus’ version).

A rush to buy?

Generally, the trend in more recent years has been for fewer people to upgrade their iPhones each time a new model is launched – especially if a new release doesn’t offer much over its predecessor as explained above. Next time, however, it’s clear the new phone will be a departure over the present iPhone 7 and its predecessors, so may tempt more users to take the plunge.

To keep tabs on likely developments and news on the forthcoming phone, check tech sites such as this one regularly.

Making the most of your iPhone’s value

If you’ve been waiting all along for the 8 (assuming that’s what Apple call it) to appear, then it may be worth taking steps to sell your iPhone sooner rather than later. If there’s a rush of people all looking to get their hands on Apple’s new iPhone in September, a glut of iPhone 7s, 6s and others could hit the market and possibly depress prices.

The iPhone holds its value well model for model, so if you use one currently, then maximising its resale value is important. As advised earlier, you can achieve this by disposing of it ahead of time before too many others might hit the used market.

By selling it well before the new model’s release, you may be without a phone if you’re planning to buy or take a contract on the new iPhone. Maybe you have an old smartphone you have access to? Alternatively, you might even buy something a few models old for a small sum to tide you over.

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