The iPhone 8 rumour mill is heating up. It's been suggested that the late-2017 iPhone will feature a larger display, made possible by removing the Home Button and moving the fingerprint scanner - if Apple can overcome the technical challenges. It is also said to feature wireless charging and Face ID, a new form of facial recognition that will support Apple Pay.
In this article, we round up all the rumours about the iPhone 8: its UK release date and onsale date, UK price, specs and new features, and what the iPhone 8 is going to look like (including its supposed new Blush Gold colour option). We also cover leaked photos and videos, and designers' concept illustrations.
On 3 August the reliable leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer announced that "as expected, #iPhone8 mass production just started," as a follow-up to an earlier tweet in which he predicted a September launch. And an internal company memo offers more specific clues to the device's launch window in September.
The memo, posted by Benjamin Geskin, names 'black out days', when staff must be present, between 17 September and 4 November. This suggests that the launch announcement will come on or very close to 17 September, and that the following eight weeks represent the product's highest-demand period, when staff will be most urgently needed in the office.
AppleCare Advisors & Leaders received an email.— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) May 25, 2017
So the September the 17th seems very very likely to be keynote day. pic.twitter.com/O6zlyB4fKx
"Black Out Days are days in which we expect call volume to be at the highest, and we need all hands on deck," reads the memo. "Advisors and Leaders will be restricted from requesting days off for Paid Time Off (PTO) and Unpaid Time Off... Absences are unacceptable."
As a worried member of the Macworld team pointed out, 17 September is a Sunday, and it would be extremely unusual for an iPhone to be announced on a weekend. So our suspicion is that the iPhone 8 will actually be unveiled in the week of 18-25 September.
One other caveat: the memo adds that "these dates are subject to change", so things may not be set in stone. But we'd be surprised if the plans weren't reasonably firm at this point.
So while we're getting close to pin-pointing the iPhone 8's launch, we can't be certain which day it's going to be unveiled yet. However, we're sure it's imminent, and in a new iOS 11 beta released on 14 August, new device identifiers for iPhone 8 models were discovered, suggesting that the launch is indeed near.
September is looking a good bet, then. But not everyone thinks Apple's plans are proceeding smoothly. Multiple sources have suggested that Apple's iPhone 8, or part of its range, may be delayed.
It's been revealed that a company (thought to be Apple) is purchasing tens of millions of laser units, and that the final product these will be used in won't ship until October 2017. Deutsche Bank analysts predict that "key component shortages and technical challenges could delay the release of a high-end iPhone 8", while IHS Markit analyst Brian Huh claims Samsung is having trouble meeting demand for the OLED screens.
However, while production delays have caused some worries, it's understood that things have since been (mostly) resolved. Ming-Chi Kuo is among the analysts to state that iPhone 8 mass production will begin in mid September as planned and the device will go onsale alongside the two cheaper models. There may be a supply shortage initially, though.
DigiTimes notes that component suppliers are reporting high sales as the iPhones ramp up their production cycles, and that "there will not be shortages for the two LCD models [iPhone 7s and 7s Plus], but the supply of the OLED version [iPhone 8] could fall short of demand due to high expectations for the model."
What will the new iPhone be called?
At this point it seems most likely that Apple will announce an iPhone 7s (and 7s Plus) and an iPhone 8 at the same time. The 7s and 7s Plus will be straightforward incremental updates to the 7 and 7 Plus, while the 8 will get the flagship features: wireless charging, 3D scanning, AR, the full edge-to-edge screen.
Analysts at Credit Suisse forecast that the iPhone 8 will be released on the iPhone's 10-year anniversary in 2017 in recognition of its major updates; and according to Business Insider, an Apple employee in Israel who solders components spoke to them about the next iPhone and referred to it as the iPhone 8 "unprompted".
But we've also heard talk of an iPhone X (X being the Roman numeral for 10), or iPhone Edition. While Forbes reckons Apple is going to stop using version numbers altogether, simply calling it 'iPhone'.
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iPhone 8 design & leaked images
The year 2017 (June the 29th, to be precise) marks the 10th anniversary of the release of the iPhone, and it's believed that Apple has a blockbuster of a redesign up its sleeve to celebrate.
Noted tech blogger Robert Scoble has posted an exhaustive list of predictions for this year's iPhone, and he expects big things. "It's the 10th anniversary of the iPhone," he writes. "It's the first product introduction in Apple's new amazing headquarters. It's a big f**king deal and will change this industry deeply." (Those are Scoble's asterisks.)
Design-wise, he expects the iPhone 8 to be "a clear piece of glass (er, Gorilla Glass sandwich with other polycarbonates for being pretty shatter-resistant if dropped) with a next-generation OLED screen (I have several sources confirming this)."
Here's what else we expect from the new design, and the leaked images we've seen to back it all up.
The iPhone 8 will have a screen running almost edge to edge, with a slimmed-down bezel of just 4mm on each side. An image of this design, also showing the loss of the Home button and the rumoured 'notch' along the top edge, has been spotted in the HomePod's firmware. (It also offers clues about face-unlocking features, the lack of a Home button, a new Apple Watch-esque 'tap to wake' feature and much more.)
This is mirrored by the leak of what is believed to be the user guide from the iPhone 8 packaging:
And an alleged leak of the iPhone 8's front glass, posted on Weibo:
Similarly, Macworld has been sent an iPhone 8 dummy from the case maker Olixar, which has already started making cases for the device. (It's very detailed and the buttons press in, but contrary to reports you may have seen elsewhere, this is absolutely not a "working prototype".)
"It's the dummy that Olixar has been using to design their cases for the iPhone 8," said our contact. "Apart from some minor details that might still change in the final design stages we believe this is what the iPhone 8 will look like!"
We're told that the company obtained these details from "a regular group of contacts that help them to source these items for the production of their accessories"; while we'd rate the authenticity as unproven, it does seem to fit in with the currently popular rumours.
Note the cut-out in the display at the top, to allow for the speaker and sensors: we think this awkward section will be used for the status bar, which is split into two groups of icons anyway. This is a theme that's repeated in other concept illustrations and leaks we've seen - such as this one from Forbes.
Here's a render with measurements for that edge-to-edge screen:
#iPhone8 Display Size
(5.66-inch with rounded corners, full 5.8 approximately) pic.twitter.com/osFzoKtuty— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) June 2, 2017
And this tweet shows the measurements of the top status bar area, as revealed in the HomePod firmware leak:
These are the metrics used by the status bar on the edge-to-edge iPhone, including notch height and ear width. Designers, have fun pic.twitter.com/lPD2RbEJFA— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) August 10, 2017
It's also believe that there will be no Home button on the front of the iPhone 8 (we'll discuss the implications of this for Touch ID in a moment). The HomePod firmware leak mentioned previously contains code referring to a new variable called "deviceHasHomeButton" (which could be tagged with a yes or no), which seems like a strong hint that this is going ahead.
A June 2017 leak backs up the 'no Home button' theory. As you can see, that's a massive screen, with no physical home button in sight.
If the physical Home button is ditched, Apple is likely to replace it with a software Home button. In February 2017 Ming Chi Kuo predicted that the iPhone 8 would have a function area, somewhat like the Touch Bar on the 2016 MacBook Pro, which will take the place of the lower bezel and Home button and contain "virtual buttons".
In June 2017 this theory got a boost from a MacRumors article. The site reports that a small number of its visitors are using devices with a reported screen resolution of 375 x 812, which would fit with the 1125 x 2436 active display area (excluding the function area) using "3x" mode; a large proportion of these visits originated from Apple-owned IPs or Cupertino-vicinity locations, suggesting that device testing has already started.
(For balance, Macworld and its sister site TechAdvisor have not seen any visits in the past year from such resolutions, but our traffic is of course far more UK-focused.)
These stunning mockups by Gabor Balogh give an idea of how the function area could be used, and how it could interact with the also-rumoured new augmented reality features.
Looks great, right? But not so fast.
The developer Steve Troughton-Smith, "supported by API evidence", has posted a summary of what the Home button area will and won't be able to do - and it seems that there will be no ability for developers to change the colour of the area to fit in with their apps.
We know some facts re iPhone 8 home button area:— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) August 10, 2017
• it resizes
• indicator can be hidden
• no API to change color
• tab bars extend under it
"Fullscreen video does hide it," he adds, but "there is no evidence to suggest any app UI moves to the home button area at all. No toolbars, no other junk."
Initially at least, the area will remain a comparatively standardised area that either shows the Home button in its conventional design or gets out of the way entirely for full-screen video, gaming and so on.
Developer betas of iOS 11 suggest Touch ID will remain this autumn: the lock screen still displays its icon when trying to access locked notifications. But if Apple gives the iPhone 8 with a larger screen and ditches the Home Button, what happens to the fingerprint sensor?
iDrop News, citing an unnamed source, reported that Apple has been testing fingerprint technology beneath the glass display, but that this isn't ready for prime time this year. For this reason the site predicts that the scanner will go on the back of the device.
Further 'evidence' of this came in the form of leaked images in a tweet by Sonny Dickson, which appears to feature a space at the back of the iPhone to accommodate a scanner.
iPhone 8 looks to be taking a new direction pic.twitter.com/mG19bcDYiC— Sonny Dickson (@SonnyDickson) April 19, 2017
There's also this (suspiciously blurry) photo, posted on a Chinese forum and supposedly from a Foxconn assembly line. You can see the circular cutout for the fingerprint scanner just below the Apple logo:
The designs have not gone down well with people critical of Samsung's similar solution to the same problem on the S8+.
Technology is moving forward quickly; Qualcomm, for example, has come up with new sensors that can recognise fingerprints through OLED display stacks of up to 1200um. But it seems these breakthroughs may have come too late for the iPhone 8.
KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst Andy Hargreaves has written that it's "entirely unclear if Apple will be able to fix the problem" within time for the launch, and Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple has "cancelled" plans to embed Touch ID in the iPhone 8's screen.
Another suggestion is that Touch ID could be integrated into the power button. Forbes has posted a mock-up based on CAD files leaked by case designer Nodus which shows what appears to be a bigger lock button on the side of the iPhone, which could be in order to house Touch ID.
Of course, the last option is that the iPhone 8 simply won't have a fingerprint scanner, and that Touch ID will be superseded by Face ID.
Vertically aligned camera lenses
The third big expected change to the design affects the rear-facing camera. This was illustrated in an early July 2017 leak showcasing an alleged iPhone 8 back panel.
And if you're yet to be convinced that all this is the finalised design of the iPhone 8, you need look no further than infamous leaker OnLeaks' Twitter account. More specifically, a tweet posted on 23 June shows what appears to be the next-generation iPhone 8, which can be seen below.
Based on that design, OnLeaks worked with Tiger Mobiles to create a dummy model of the iPhone 8 to show exactly what it might look like. You can watch the video below.
OnLeaks has an incredible track record when it comes to smartphone leaks and although it's not exactly Tim Cook confirming the design, it's pretty much the next best thing.
A second video that appears to show a very similar dummy model of the iPhone 8 has been shared by EverythingApplePro.
9to5Mac has got hold of a report from the ever-quotable and usually reliable Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities - a report that predicts, based on the popularity of the scratch-prone Jet Black iPhone 7, that the iPhone 8 will have a (more scratch-resistant) glass front and back. Glass would also make it easier to implement wireless charging.
"If Apple does follow through with what KGI suggests, an all-glass design could extend the glossy finish to all colours of the iPhone lineup depending on how Apple handles the design," 9to5mac says.
The rumour was also backed up by Benjamin Geskin on Twitter, a source that has provided many iPhone 8 leaks over the past few months. He claims that one of the colour options for the iPhone 8 will be a mirror-like finish.
Slashleaks has posted a video allegedly showing metal iPhone 8 rear shells being assembled in a Foxconn factory. But it's possible this actually shows iPhone 7 or 7s Plus handsets, which may not get the all-glass design of the top-end model. (Or the cases may, as OnLeaks observes, be intended for clone handsets that are nothing to do with Apple!)
The iPhone 7 handsets are available in six colours: silver, gold, Rose Gold, black, Jet Black and (Product) Red. (The red option was not added until several months after launch, however.)
Things might be different for the iPhone 8, however. Benjamin Geskin, a prolific leaker, quotes a source inside the company who says the iPhone 8 will feature a mirror-like finish plus only three other colour options (most likely silver, gold and black).
And since this report a further research note has suggested even fewer colours will be available. The redoubtable Ming-Chi Kuo thinks just three - silver, gold and black - because the mirror option has been canned.
But hold up! Geskin has tweeted again to offer an entirely new colour option, which he refers to as Blush Gold and which looks like a sort of coppery reddish-pink. This looks to be the same finish MyDrivers referred to nearer the start of August, admittedly in translation, as "champagne gold".
Geskin acknowledges, however, that this name is based on a working translation from the Chinese and may not be right. He says the information comes from a leaked Foxconn report, and was posted on the Weibo Chinese social media site.
That covers design. But what new features should we expect in the iPhone 8?
The loss of the Home button means the Touch ID fingerprint scanner is in design limbo - with separate theories claiming it will move to the back of the device, or be embedded under the glass, or be removed entirely. But many of its functions may be replaced by a new feature tentatively known as Face ID.
The HomePod firmware mentioned earlier contains references to facial recognition and expression detection that could be used to unlock the device.
There's also a lot of new references to facial expression detection pic.twitter.com/8PsPVj1QqU— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) August 1, 2017
Face detection/unlock has been expected for a while. Back in December 2014, USPTO awarded Apple a patent relating to a "personal computing device control using face detection and recognition", and US Patent 20170076077, published in March 2017, describes a method for "Locking and unlocking a mobile device using facial recognition".
DigiTimes has predicted that Apple is likely to launch iPhones equipped with iris-recognition technology in 2018; but at the end of August 2016 the site went further, reporting that Taiwan-based Xintec is expected to provide iris scanners to Apple for the iPhone launching in 2017.
JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall backed up this theory with his own prediction that the iPhone 8 will have a 3D laser scanner for face recognition, replacing Touch ID. (If you'd like to know how powerful a mere rumour can be, check this out: the share price of the UK company expected to provide laser wafers for this feature, IQE, has tripled this year.)
And unlocking the phone might not be the only thing facial recognition is used for. Code in the HomePod firmware leak indicates that it will also be able to authenticate Apple Pay and be accessible to third-party apps; and that it will also serve to mute notifications if the user is perceived to be 'paying attention' already.
About Pearl ID:— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) August 9, 2017
1 - The software definitely supports it for payments
2 - 3rd party apps can use it
3 - You can add multiple faces pic.twitter.com/aUotHwD64f
Apple debuted ARKit at WWDC 2017, showcasing how developers can implement AR abilities into iPads and iPhones. Surely the iPhone 8 will arrive with cool new features that take advantage of that?
We previously spotted an Apple patent application that appears to back up all this speculation. Patent 9,488,488, for 'Augmented reality maps', describes the use of a mobile device to view live video of whatever is in front of the user, and to then superimpose images related to nearby places of interest on top of the video.
Apple has been offering wireless (inductive) charging for a while now on the Apple Watch, and we're hearing increasingly confident predictions that the feature will come to the iPhone in 2017.
One strong hint came from Robert Hwang, the CEO of Apple manufacturer Wistron, who (in an apparent slip-up) said "new features like waterproof and wireless charging" will appear in the next generation of Apple handsets; and SlashLeaks has posted what it says is the charging coil that will be used to deliver this feature.
Benjamin Geskin, a well-known leaker, has posted what he says are images of components in the iPhone 8, and these include a similar wireless charging module:
Such speculation is not new. Renders based on CAD files obtained by Engadget in May from "a reliable source", for example, claim to show that the new iPhone will have a glass back incorporating a wireless charging coil. (Mind you, in July 2015 Qualcomm announced a wireless charging breakthrough that can work through metal.)
Foxconn - one of the large manufacturing firms that assembles iPhones for Apple - is reported to be testing wireless charging modules that will be included in some or all of the 2017 iPhones if the tests prove satisfactory.
Further strong evidence was added to the chances of Apple bringing wireless charging to the next iPhone in February 2017, when it emerged that Apple has joined the Wireless Power Consortium industry group, as spotted by 9to5Mac.
Research & analysis firm KGI Securities, and their famous analyst Ming Chi Kuo in particular, released a report in February 2017 making a firm prediction that all three iPhone models to be released in autumn 2017 will feature wireless charging, although Kuo warned that the feature would increase production costs. Ming-Chi Kuo has also previously warned that Apple may bundle the wireless charger with more expensive models only.
Bloomberg reckons Apple is working on longer-range wireless charging, potentially with a range of about 1 metre.
John Gruber, however, reckons the wireless charging feature won't be ready by September and may have to wait until iOS 11.1. Fast Company, too, claims that while the iPhone 8 will feature the hardware at launch, the capability won't be enabled until Apple has perfected the software side of things.
According to Forbes citing infamous Apple leaker Sonny Dickson, the iPhone 8 could be the first entry in the iPhone series to feature fast charging technology. (The feature has long been requested by users, and is readily available on most if not all of Apple's Android-based competitors.) More specifically, Forbes claims that there will be a new "Tristar 3, Hydra" chip that manages the charging port.
However, it's worth noting that tech may not be compatible with existing fast charging standards as the tech isn't being produced by Qualcomm, which provides "Quick Charge" for Android devices.
In February 2017, analyst Ming Chi Kuo predicted that the iPhone 8 will deliver fast charging via a tweaked version of the existing Lightning port rather than by bringing in USB-C as was previously expected. He predicts that Apple will add "Type-C Power Delivery" to the Lightning port's spec.
We'd be strongly surprised if the iPhone 8 featured a headphone port, which would be a major admission of defeat for Apple. Instead, it makes sense for the company to double down on its 3.5mm-free future by offering premium Bluetooth headphones with its top-end smartphone, just as it bundled decent Lightning headphones with the iPhone 7.
We're starting to get a decent idea of the iPhone 8's technical specifications. Let's start with...
The iPhone 8 will come with an OLED screen, supplied initially by Samsung. At present, iPhones use LCD screens (although the Apple Watch uses OLED), but Apple intends to move the line up to OLED as it would offer better colour saturation, accuracy and brightness.
Industry sources say Apple will offer OLED in only the most premium version of its 2017 iPhone range (the iPhone 8, as opposed to the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus), but phones released in 2018 and beyond will all come with OLED.
In November 2016, Barclays Research - via MacRumors - released a report predicting that the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus would have 5-inch and 5.8-inch screens respectively, compared to the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The analysts based the prediction on the testimony of sources within Apple's Asian supply chain, although they warned that the design "didn't sound 100 percent locked down".
But in January 2017 the theory was backed up by DigiTimes predicting that Apple will launch a 5.8-inch iPhone in the second half of 2017, citing anonymous sources in the Taiwanese supply chain. And Nikkei forecasts that the next iPhone "will come in three configurations - two with liquid crystal displays and one with a 5.8-inch organic light-emitting diode display".
In May, an Engadget source that leaked CAD plans to it claimed that both iPhones will get a screen size bump, with the the 4.7-inch version going to 5 inches, and the 5.5-inch "Plus" version increasing to 5.8 inches.
It's understood that the larger screens will fit into bodies with the same or similar dimensions as the current generation of phones, thanks to a bezel-free design.
A report by the Wall Street Journal prophesies that Apple has big things up its sleeve for the next iPhone's screen, after turning out smartphones with lower resolutions than rivals for some years.
(If you compare the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7, for example, you'll see that Apple managed only a 760 x 1334 resolution on its 4.7-inch screen, in comparison to the 1440 x 2560 5.1-inch screen that Samsung had to offer.)
The iPhone 8 will sit in Samsung's shadows no longer, according to the WSJ, which says Apple has asked suppliers to "submit prototype screens with better resolution than ones from Samsung". If this is true - and if the suppliers are able to match Apple's stipulation without pushing up price, weight or dimension, or reducing battery life or fire safety, to a degree that Apple finds unacceptable - then this would imply more than a tripling of the pixel count from one iPhone generation to the next.
In February 2017 Ming Chi Kuo predicted that the (5.15in) iPhone 8 will have a resolution of 2,436 x 1,125 and a pixel density of 521ppi, far higher than the iPhone 7's 326ppi. And the 5.8in version of the iPhone 8 - the iPhone 8 Plus, presumably - will have a resolution of 2,800 x 1,242 and a pixel density of 528ppi.
iPhones contain proprietary processor chips that you won't find in other smartphones: there's an A9 in the iPhone 6s and an A10 Fusion chip in the iPhone 7, for example. So it doesn't take a genius to predict that the iPhone 8 will get an A11 (or maybe an A11 Fusion).
But while the A chips are made to Apple's own design and specifications, several other companies are involved; they contain technology licensed from ARM, and are manufactured, at present, by Samsung and TSMC. And that could change in the nearish future.
Intel has declared its intention of expanding its smartphone business, and is hot favourite to displace TSMC from the iPhone contract, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.
Economic Daily News, however, thinks TSMC still has the gig, and will begin production of the A11 in April 2017. The site has little detail of the A11 design, but does say it will be fabricated with a 10 nanometre FinFET process, a significant upgrade from the A10 Fusion's 16 nanometres.
The iPhone 7 comes with 2GB RAM, while the iPhone 7 Plus offers 3GB. In February 2017 research firm TrendForce published a report predicting that the iPhone 8 (we assume they mean all models) will have 3GB RAM, which should provide a speed boost for the smaller-screen models.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both comes in three storage configurations: 32GB, 128GB and 256GB. (The older iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and iPhone SE are available with 32GB and 128GB only.)
The TrendForce report linked above suggests that Apple may phase out the 32GB model for the iPhone 8 generation. The late-2017 iPhones will come in 64GB and 256GB configurations, the firm says.
We'd add that since that report came out, Apple has launched new iPad Pro models that offer the most storage of any iOS device yet, going up to 512GB - but it's hard to imagine many people wanting that much space on a phone.
The notorious and far-reaching HomePod firmware leak at the end of July 2017 contained numerous clues about the iPhone 8, including a hint (spotted by the Portuguese-language site iHelp BR) that it may offer 4K video at 60fps on both its front and back cameras - which would be a major step forward.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus do offer 4K video capture but this is capped at 30fps (you can capture at 60fps, but only at a resolution of 1080p) and is possible on the rear-facing camera only. The front-facing camera has a video limit of 1080p.
The same firmware leak also suggests that front and back cameras will support slo-mo video at 1080p and 240fps. (The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus offer a less impressive 1080p at 120 fps or 720p at 240 fps on the rear camera, while the front camera doesn't offer slow-mo at all.)
"1080p240" ?? pic.twitter.com/75RtotIKST— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) August 9, 2017
A MIC report suggests that all models of the new iPhone will feature the dual camera that's currently only available on the iPhone 7 Plus. Unverified schematics posted on Slashleaks suggest this will be aligned vertically, with the twin lenses stacked on top of one another, rather than the horizontal setup on the 7 Plus; this was backed up by photos that BGR got hold of in May 2017.
This leaked image shared on Twitter also suggest that the dual camera layout might change:
Ming Chi Kuo has predicted that the iPhone 8 will squeeze a battery with a capacity to match the iPhone 7 Plus - 2,700mAH - into a chassis comparable to the iPhone 7. So we could see a significant battery life increase in the next generation of iPhones.
There's also the possibility that the new iPhone could feature two batteries. A leak of the alleged schematics for the iPhone 8, posted on Slashleaks, shows that the main board is smaller and that there are two batteries rather than just one. And IDC analyst Sean Kao claims the new iPhones will use new, smaller printed circuit boards that would allow for a more powerful battery.
Smartphone battery life is one of those things that everyone says is important, but you do wonder how much of a compromise the average Apple fan would be willing to make in return. As Jony Ive put it in an interview with the Financial Times, "With a bigger battery [the iPhone] would be heavier, more cumbersome, less 'compelling'."
- iPhone 7 (32GB): £599
- iPhone 7 (128GB): £699
- iPhone 7 (256GB): £799
- iPhone 7 Plus (32GB): £719
- iPhone 7 Plus (128GB): £819
- iPhone 7 Plus (256GB): £919
However, there's an alternative theory - that the iPhone 8 (or iPhone Edition) will break the thousand-dollar barrier in the US for the first time (this is according to Fast Company, citing a source "with knowledge of Apple's plans"), which is likely to translate to a UK price of £940 or so.
Furthermore, an indiscreet Foxconn exec has suggested that the iPhone 8 "won't be cheap", because of high failure rates - as much as 40 percent - affecting the specially designed notched OLED screen. Luo Zhongsheng, according to the Chinese-language site MyDrivers, made the comments in a post on the social-media website Weibo that he later deleted.
There's also a report from China's Economic Daily News claiming that the new 3D Touch module for the iPhone 8 will cost 150 percent more than the module for the LCD-enabled iPhone 7. The report notes that standard OLED-based 3D Touch modules are usually around 50 percent higher than LCD-based modules, but Apple agreed to a quote that's 150 percent higher, and it's not quite clear why.
This is backed up by a report from MacRumors citing USB analyst Steven Milunovich. The analyst claims that the base 64GB iPhone 8 will cost between $850-900 in the US, while the high-end 256GB model will set buyers back somewhere between $950-1000. While it seems fairly expensive, it's comparable to Samsung's new Galaxy S8+, which starts at around $840 in the US.
Macworld podcast: Discussing iPhone 8 rumours
The UK Tech Weekly Podcast team discuss iPhone 8 rumours in episode 67 - it starts at 21.54. (We also discuss Netflix and Google Glass, if you're interested!) Follow the podcast on Twitter for notifications of new episodes.