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Xbox One X launch date, information, and options

Up to date: Microsoft's Mike Ybarra has just lately confirmed that mouse and keyboard help will be anticipated on the brand new console. Talking at a Q&A panel at PAX West, the company vp stated, "Keyboard and mouse help is certainly coming…you'll see our first keyboard and mouse supporting video games quickly." 

The announcement is nice information for anybody that prefers the management scheme of PC gaming however is scared off by the preliminary excessive prices. 

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Venture Scorpio lastly has its actual identify: Xbox One X. That is the evolution of Microsoft's Xbox consoles. 

We've had a bit of time with the brand new console so you possibly can try our arms on: Xbox One X evaluate.

The console was formally named throughout Microsoft's E3 2017 keynote on stage by Xbox Chief Phil Spencer. Spencer hyped the Xbox One X's capacity to play video games in native 4K, usually at 60 frames per second. 

Whereas the Xbox One X would be the strongest console ever created with 12GB of DDR5 reminiscence, it doesn't imply previous Xbox Ones will likely be left within the mud –Spencer was clear that there will likely be sport compatibility throughout all Xbox units.

So what does the Xbox One X do in a different way? The large promoting level is 4K – a decision 4 occasions larger than conventional 1080p HD. However that's not the one trick up Xbox One X's sleeve. It may well additionally play video games in HDR and at larger body charges than each the unique Xbox One and Xbox One S.

Fortunately, nevertheless, you received't want all-new controllers or headsets – all of the equipment that work on Xbox One and Xbox One S work on Xbox One X. 

So how a lot is it going to set you again? $ 499 (£449, €499, CA$ 599 or AU$ 649).

Right here's what you possibly can anticipate when Xbox One X launches on November 7, 2017.

Lower to the chase

  • What’s it? A brand new 4K-equipped Xbox One
  • When is it out? November 7, 2017
  • What’s going to it value? $ 499 (£449, €499, CA$ 599 or AU$ 649)

Xbox One X's design

Xbox One X seems to be nearly equivalent to the Xbox One S. It has an area gray coloration, and comes with a 4K Blu-ray participant. 

Superior electrical engineering. Moore's Regulation. A miracle. Name it no matter you need, however the Xbox One X defies what we thought was potential for a console, squeezing an ultra-powerful GPU right into a slim plastic shell. 

Additionally just like the Xbox One S, the One X seems to be to have two bodily buttons: one instead of the touch-capacitive energy button and one for the eject button on the face of the console.

However the massive distinction – when you may even it name it massive – is the shift of the drive from the entrance high part all the way down to the very center of the console. It may not have any distinction in observe, but it surely does really feel a bit extra complicated for gamers dealing with the system for the primary time.

Fascinated by something aside from the House Gray coloration? You then may wish to go for the particular Venture Scorpio version of the console, which will likely be out there in small portions. 

Past its preliminary launch we're positive that we'll see extra colours of the console nevertheless. 

What's powering Xbox One X?

The headline characteristic of the brand new console is its GPU, which can pack an enormous six teraflops of graphical efficiency. The One X's GPU has 40 compute models (in comparison with the unique Xbox's 12) working at a clockspeed of 1172MHz (up from 853MHz), which is an enormous leap over each the unique Xbox and the PS4 Professional. 

Specifically its GPU is four.6 occasions extra than the unique Xbox One. 

Earlier than you begin celebrating, that's nonetheless a good quantity lower than Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, which pumps out a whopping 9 teraflops however, contemplating that high-quality VR solely requires a GTX 970 to work correctly, Xbox One X shouldn't (in principle a minimum of) have any hassle offering Xbox players with their first foray into digital actuality.

Nonetheless, the console ought to have the ability to run very effectively due to upgrades to its command processor, which has been upgraded to utilize Microsoft's new DirectX 12 graphics API, leading to effectivity financial savings for the console of as a lot as 50% for titles working on the brand new API, in keeping with Microsoft. 

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The remainder of the console's has additionally been improved. Its AMD CPU has seen its pace enhance from 1.75GHz to 2.3GHz whereas retaining the identical variety of cores (a 30% enhance in horsepower), and its reminiscence has been boosted by 60% over the unique Xbox One. 

Some have questioned Microsoft's determination to stay with the (admittedly a extremely augmented and customised model) AMD Jaguar class processor which powers the unique Xbox One and PS4 relatively than improve to one thing far more however Phil Spencer just lately addressed this in an interview with The Guardian. 

It was, he stated, the results of a value/efficiency compromise. Although it will be potential to "design a $ 2,000 console that ran, like, two Titan Xs SLI-d collectively", it will result in a value level that doesn't swimsuit consoles. With this compromise Microsoft has managed to succeed in a value level that reveals the console remains to be a premium product however "relative to the PC that you can go purchase at this spec, you’re gonna really feel actually good.”

Even the motherboard has seen enhancements, and can adapt its energy supply to match the particular traits of the person console's chip. 

Audio processing has additionally seen enhancements, with Dolby Atmos being included within the console.

The console will use a vapour chamber to dissipate warmth out of the again of the console. 

These enhancements have been designed by a crew of Microsoft engineers after evaluation of bottlenecks on the prevailing console and its graphics engines, and prototyped utilizing emulators. 

Excitingly, it's additionally been revealed by Eurogamer that the console will help adaptive frame-rate know-how often known as FreeSync. One X would be the first console to help this know-how because it's one thing that's extra generally present in PCs.

When a console drops under its goal frame-rate of 60fps or 30 fps a graphical glitch often known as screen-tearing can typically happen. Historically consoles use one thing often known as V-Sync to stop this taking place however this typically brought on lag and stutter which isn't nice for fast-paced video games.

Having FreeSync implies that Xbox One X ought to have the ability to forestall any screen-tearing with out that telling judder or input-lag, one thing that will likely be notably key when enjoying graphically demanding 4K video games. Although Microsoft has stated will probably be out there throughout all the console's video games, even backwards appropriate Xbox 360 titles. 

Although that is nice, one draw back is that many One X house owners received't get to benefit from the know-how straight away.  It’s because adaptive sync will solely be out there on TVs geared up with HDMI 2.1 (a show normal that hasn’t but been ratified) or pc displays that help FreeSync over HDMI. It's unlikely majority of individuals could have entry to those sorts of shows simply but.

Nonetheless, we will anticipate the vast majority of TVs sooner or later to undertake the HDMI 2.1 normal so someday sooner or later you're in all probability going to finish up with a TV that may help FreeSync. 

All of which means rendering in native 4K is an actual risk for the brand new console, which contradicts a Microsoft whitepaper revealed final 12 months which recommended that the brand new console would make use of upscaling methods referred to as 'half-resolution' and 'sparse rendering'.

Half-resolution is a method whereby graphically intensive results are run at a decrease decision than the sport as an entire, and are then upscaled to the total decision. 

In the meantime, sparse rendering is a method that's just like the PS4 Professional's 'checkerboarding' approach, which cleverly upscales video games to 4K in a approach that's nearly indistinguishable from the native decision. 

Whereas Microsoft has stated that it's focusing on native 4K for its first-party titles, these methods recommend that the Xbox One X's video games will run at totally different resolutions, relying on their developer's priorities. 

The opposite benefit Xbox One X has is that, because the Xbox One runs Home windows, it'll be straightforward for sport builders to create video games to work on each platforms.

"The potential to construct a sport that truly takes benefit of various capabilities is a part of any third-party dev ecosystem, or anyone who's focusing on Home windows and console on the identical time," stated Xbox head Phil Spencer talking to Wired.

Microsoft additionally guarantees the console will have the ability to render visuals at 60Hz, which suggests silky easy gameplay that's synced to your TV's refresh charge. Digital Foundry's video specifically confirmed off a port of Forza Motorsport working at 60fps at 4K. 

Nonetheless, extra just lately it's been confirmed that Future 2 will solely run at 30fps on the console, indicating that not all video games will hit that 60fps goal. 

An additional 1GB of RAM

Simply days earlier than Microsoft's E3 presentation, Mike Ybarra has introduced on Twitter that after some superb tuning, Xbox has managed to unlock an additional gigabyte of RAM for builders. 

Xbox One X has 12GB of GDDR5 RAM with 3GB reserved for the system itself. Which means builders now have 9GB of RAM to work with for his or her video games. 

The extra RAM a console has free, the extra a sport can load on the one time. Ybarra went on to elucidate that even video games that don't need to make use of the total 9GB could have it as a cache and see an enormous distinction in load occasions.  

Enhanced on Xbox One X

One fascinating revelation from Microsoft's E3 announcement is that each one consoles within the Xbox One household, together with One X and the One S, will have the ability to play from the identical library of video games. 

Xbox One X may even apparently help a choose variety of Xbox 360 video games similar to the Xbox One in addition to unique Xbox video games as effectively. 

Nonetheless, extra consoles like Xbox One X will characteristic higher gaming experiences because of the extra parts.

The identify for this idea is "Enhanced on Xbox One X." It's a advertising slogan that offers you an concept of which video games will get the 4K HDR increase and which of them will merely run at larger framerates. 

For those who already personal video games which can be set to obtain Xbox One X patches then Microsoft has introduced that these patches will be set to obtain mechanically as quickly as they're out there as a way to get gaming in 4K with out having to fret about updating. 

Lots of Microsoft's future first-party video games will include these enhancements proper out of the field. That stated, Gears of Conflict four, Forza Horizon three, Minecraft, Resident Evil 7, Closing Fantasy 15, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, Rocket League and dozens of different widespread Xbox One video games will obtain free updates to take full benefit of the facility of Xbox One X when the system launches.

How a lot of a distinction are we speaking? Digital Foundry confirmed a screenshot of the Forza Motorsport 6 working in 4K whereas nonetheless sustaining 60fps, whereas nonetheless having loads of GPU horsepower to spare. 

Most fascinating was the truth that this sport had been ported to Xbox One X after simply a few days of porting work. This ease means that we would see numerous video games being ported to the brand new console.

This means that 1080p Xbox One video games ought to have the ability to run at 4K on Xbox One with out an excessive amount of hassle, and Microsoft has additionally stated that it intends for video games with a decision of 900p on Xbox One to additionally run at 4K on Xbox One.

Nonetheless, even when you're stick rocking a Full HD TV it is best to profit from the Xbox One X's capacity to super-sample video games from 4K all the way down to 1080p, which ought to end in a lift to element. 

For those who're curious what video games may really find yourself wanting like in comparison with their 1080p variations, then a few latest Microsoft tech demos may offer you a greater concept. 

Apparently, even supposing Sony now requires that each PS4 sport help the Professional in a roundabout way, this is not going to be the case with Xbox One X. As revealed in a latest interview not each Xbox One sport going ahead will likely be required to help the brand new . 

Ostensibly this can be a good factor, since it’s going to permit builders to decide on how you can finest spend their restricted assets, however will probably be fascinating to see whether or not this harms developer adoption of the brand new .

Project Scorpio

Whose VR headset?

Xbox has just lately introduced that will probably be bringing combined actuality headset help to Xbox One and Xbox One X in 2018, though we're but to see what kind this integration will take. 

Xbox house owners received't be restricted to only one headset. As an alternative the console will help all Home windows Blended Actuality headsets, which embrace fashions from Lenovo, Dell, Acer and HP. There's additionally HoloLens, however that's for augmented actuality and never VR. 

Up to now, Microsoft hasn't talked about help for the opposite two massive gamers within the PC VR area, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Right here's the dangerous information: since Xbox One X doesn't come bundled with a VR headset – a minimum of not one which Spencer talked about – anticipate to spend an extra $ 600-$ 800 (£499-£689) for one.

Project Scorpio

Transitioning from an previous console

Microsoft stated it goals to make the method of upgrading from an present Xbox One to an X so simple as potential and there are a few choices for these making the improve. 

The quickest technique to switch video games from one console to a different will likely be, as you'd anticipate, utilizing an exterior arduous drive. Nonetheless, for those who don't have a drive sufficiently big, there may even be possibility to maneuver video games by way of your house community. This may take a bit of longer but it surely means you don't need to arrange a model new console and re-download your whole video games from scratch. You received't have to maneuver them one after the other both as a brand new 'bulk switch' characteristic permits you to choose all the video games you wish to transfer on the one time after which go away the console to do its factor.

When establishing the brand new console it'll be potential to again up the settings out of your unique console and switch them over, in addition to choose a 'put together for 4K possibility' which can imply that as quickly as an enhanced patch turns into out there for a sport, your console will begin downloading it and have it prepared so that you can play. 

  • Take a look at our information to Xbox One S vs Xbox One X to see what you're getting with the newer machine
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Introduced alongside the removing of the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, the Apple AirPods declared out and out warfare on wires, eradicating it not solely between the earbuds and the telephone, but in addition between the earbuds themselves. 

Apple didn’t invent this ‘true wi-fi’ form-factor, however, in typical Apple trend, the corporate’s entry into the realm has prompted a flurry of curiosity from different headphone manufacturers. 

Now the phase has gotten more and more crowded, Apple should up its recreation if it needs to follow-up the AirPods. The wi-fi connectivity and audio high quality may need been stable, however we in any other case had some reservations about reliance on Siri and total match. 

Learn on under for every thing rumored to be coming with the following model of Apple’s true wi-fi earbuds, together with every thing we’d wish to see from them. 

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  • What are they? The follow-up to Apple's true wi-fi earbuds, the AirPods
  • When are they out? We're hoping to see an announcement at Apple's September 12 occasion, with a launch quickly after
  • How a lot will they price? Anticipate them to be much like the present AirPods at $ 159/£159/AU$ 229

Apple AirPods 2 rumors

Health monitoring

Again in July Apple filed a patent for biometric sensors which might permit the AirPods 2 to tackle health monitoring capabilities like these seen within the Jabra Elite Wi-fi. This adopted one other patent filed in March

Maybe extra curiously than coronary heart price sensing, the sensors would additionally permit the AirPods 2 to measure stroke quantity, which mixed with coronary heart price would permit it to calculate your cardiac output. 

Basically this implies the AirPods 2 would theoretically be a lot better at establishing how match you’re total relatively than simply measuring your coronary heart price. 

A latest patent suggests the AirPods 2 may make use of some fancy valves to dissipate strain

Higher ambient sound dealing with

One other patent from July prompt that Apple is engaged on some fairly nifty tech for the way the earbuds deal with exterior noise in addition to dissipating strain from contained in the ear canal. 

The patent outlines a valve system that may permit sound to flee your ear canal to keep away from that bizarre reverberating impact that happens once you communicate with earbuds in your ears. 

The patent then goes on to explain how the earbuds would deal with ambient noise, utilizing a microphone to filter in noise from the surface world in an effort to stay conscious of your environment whereas nonetheless listening to your music. 

What we wish to see

Noise-cancellation

Solely a few years in the past, firms have been struggling simply to get true wi-fi earbuds working, however now the goalposts have already shifted to packing increasingly more performance into their shells. 

The Sony WF-1000X handle to incorporate noise-cancellation expertise inside their diminutive shells, and we’d like to see comparable performance make it to the second era of AirPods. 

Apple’s fancy ambient noise expertise outlined above suggests the corporate is pondering alongside these traces, however we’ve nonetheless acquired our fingers crossed. 

The Sony WF-1000X characteristic noise-cancellation expertise

Bodily controls

We get that Apple isn’t a lot of a fan of buttons, however there are some instances the place they prevent a variety of effort and time, and headphones are one among these situations. 

On-board controls have develop into an nearly important characteristic in headphones in recent times, permitting us to regulate music playback and quantity with out having to wrestle to get our telephones out of our pockets. 

Now the AirPods did let you management music in a way, however they relied solely on Siri, Apple’s voice assistant. 

The B&O Beoplay E8 characteristic touch-sensitive controls to let you management your music

On the one hand Siri is rather more highly effective than the standard button controls by permitting you to request particular songs, for instance.

However alternatively, Siri comes with some fairly huge limitations. It doesn’t work and not using a Wi-Fi connection, it could actually solely play music from Apple Music (ie not Spotify), and possibly most problematic of all is the truth that it forces you to talk out load to regulate something – hardly ultimate if you wish to take heed to music on the bus. 

The unique AirPods already had a touch-sensitive management for activating Siri, so we’d wish to see this prolonged to controlling music immediately. The BeoPlay E8’s have proven how this may be executed with easy faucet controls, and it’s time for Apple to observe go well with. 

Changeable ear suggestions

We get that Apple likes to rely wholly on glossy white plastic, however we weren’t a fan of the dearth of rubber recommendations on the unique AirPods. 

Particularly when there’s no cable to catch them in the event that they fall, we wish any true wi-fi earbuds to really feel good and safe within the ears, and together with numerous changeable ear suggestions so we will choose people who completely match our ears can be the proper means of attaining this. 

One particular person within the TechRadar workplace even went to the size of fixing some rubber suggestions from another pair of headphones onto their AirPods to make them really feel safer. 

Changeable rubber ear-tips are widespread on numerous in-ear headphones

Higher Android pairing

On condition that Apple likes to make sure all its merchandise are designed to work as a household this has little probability of taking place, however we’d like to see the AirPods play barely nicer with Android telephones. 

On iPhones, pairing is a dream. You merely maintain the AirPods close to your telephone they usually join kind of robotically. 

Nonetheless with Android the method is much more sophisticated and involving leaping into settings menus to pick out the AirPods manually. We’d like to see Apple simplify this course of for the AirPods 2. 

Totally different designs and colours 

We get it, Apple likes white issues. However in an period the place iPhones and iPads can be found in a spread of various colours we’d like to see this identical courtesy prolonged to the AirPods. 

We simply need our headphones to match our telephone and our Apple Watch; is that a lot to ask?

Though Apple has experimented with completely different colours for its numerous gadgets, its earbuds have all the time stayed the identical iconic white making it fairly unlikely that we’ll get to see the AirPods in one other colour.

Higher battery life

This one’s fairly self explanatory, however given the AirPods’ small dimension it’s not solely sudden that the battery life was simply 5 hours. 

That is fairly good in comparison with a variety of the opposite true wi-fi headphones on the market, however we’d wish to see Apple push themselves to go higher and try to rival the battery lifetime of over-ear wi-fi headphones. 

It’s a lofty objective, but when anybody can do it it might be Apple. 

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The official iPhone 8 release date and price will be announced on this month –
specifically Tuesday, September 12 – at the new Apple campus in Cupertino, California.

You'll see Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone for the first time at its underground Steve Jobs Theater venue, a fitting stage for the a redesigned iPhone. 

The new phone will showcase a vastly different screen, design and specs (along with the loss of some traditional features), according to all credible iPhone 8 leaks we've seen from OnLeaks and others.

Hold your excitement for a second. It'll also be easily the most expensive handset that you've ever bought. The iPhone 8 price estimated to be well beyond its major rivals.

  • What is iPhone 8? The 10th anniversary version of Apple's iPhone
  • What will iPhone 8 look like? Huge screen, yet smaller body glass body
  • When is the iPhone 8 release date? Late September or October 2017
  • How much will iPhone 8 cost? Up to $ 1,000 (£900, AU$ 1,250)

iPhone fans are clamoring for a redesign – we haven't seen a new look in three years of minor upgrades, and Apple needs to match, if not outdo, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Prepare to be wowed.

Sure, we're using the iPhone 8 name here, but that's unlikely to be the final moniker… think iPhone Pro, iPhone X (to mark the 10th anniversary) or iPhone Edition launching alongside the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus.

We're here to tell you which rumors we think are true, and what's merely wishful thinking from internet tricksters, from the likely iPhone 8 colors to the high iPhone 8 price. So let's review every major leak so far.

iPhone 8 release date: when will it launch?

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  • iPhone 8 keynote date is Tuesday, September 12
  • iPhone 7S & iPhone 7S Plus: September 2017 release date
  • iPhone 8: slightly later September / October release date

The iPhone 8 launch date is Tuesday, September 12 at 10am PT (1pm EST, 6pm BST, 3am on Wednesday, September 13 AEST), with Apple hosting the launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California.

Its brand-new campus is ripe for announcing a new iPhone, and September has become the traditional month for a smartphone launch from Apple.

We’re expecting three new iPhone models to launch at once

Apple has launched a new iPhone in September every year since the iPhone 5 in 2012, but this year it may do something different in terms of the release schedule.

We'll still see Apple unveil the iPhone 8 at this September 12 event, but it may only ship the 7S phones initially, approximately one or two weeks after CEO Tim Cook first holds them up in the air. The Apple Watch 3 LTE and 4K Apple TV are expected to launch then too.

When will the iPhone 8 actually land in stores? It may be a little bit later (but still before Black Friday and Cyber Monday) due to reported production delays, which may be partly down to its new bezel-less screen technology.

October or November may be the official release date window, according to recent rumors, though Apple's latest earnings call forecasts a strong quarter through to the end of September, which suggests we'll get the iPhone 8 on or before September 31, the end of its fiscal calendar.

TechRadar's take: The iPhone 8 launch date is officially Tuesday, September 12, but the release date hasn't been nailed down yet. Apple likes selling phones on a Friday, so we expect that date to be either Friday, September 22 or Friday, September 29.

There's a chance the iPhone 8 release date may slip into October due to all of the production delay rumors, but we're hopeful to get all three phones by the end of September.

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iPhone 8 price: how much will it cost?

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  • Samsung's new phone costs $ 930, so Apple could charge $ 999

The iPhone 8 looks set to be the most expensive flagship phone ever

You're going to have to spend a lot of money to own the iPhone 8, and yet it's still likely to be sold out in under five minutes. Apple is planning an all-new smartphone design, and we're expecting a high iPhone 8 price to reflect that.

Current rumors suggest this model could start as high as $ 1,100 (around £845/AU$ 1,380), but we're estimating the price to be a little lower at a shade under $ 1,000. 

That's good news, or bad news, depending on how you look at it. It's cheaper than some analysts have been predicting, but at $ 999, that would still make it 54% more than the iPhone 7.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 costs $ 929 in the US, £869 in the UK and AU$ 1,499 in Australia, while the Galaxy S8 Plus costs $ 825 in the US, £779.99 in the UK and AU$ 1,349 in Australia. This gives us an idea of what Apple could be thinking.

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iPhone 8 in the US

US consumers should watch to see if Apple includes the faster modem of its current legal opponent Qualcomm, essentially delivering an unlocked iPhone 8 for all CDMA and GSM networks worldwide. Or maybe an Intel modem will be able to achieve this feat for the first time. 

Currently the iPhone 7 – with the superior Qualcomm chip inside – works on all four major US carriers, whereas those with the Intel modem only work on AT&T and T-Mobile and smaller carriers, which is annoying if you ever want to switch to Verizon and Sprint, or sell your phone to more than half the country.

iPhone 8 in the UK

The iPhone is an incredibly popular phone in the UK, constantly topping the charts whenever a new model is released – and the UK is always among the first wave of territories to get a new model.

We're expecting that the UK – thanks to Brexit – will be one of the more expensive places to buy the iPhone 8, with contracts starting at around £50 per month at least for minimal data – but you'll be able to get those deals on every major network and most of the smaller ones.

iPhone 8 in Australia

In Australia, the iPhone is one of the most popular phones around, and there's usually no delay when it comes to the release date. In fact, due to its time zone, Australia is often one of the first locations in the world to physically get its hands on the device – meaning there are always huge queues outside Apple stores, with people frequently camping out for up to a week in advance to get their hands on the new iPhone.

If the speculation about the iPhone 8 being priced at over $ 1,000 in the US is correct, that'll make it particularly pricey Down Under.

Despite the strong performance of the Australian dollar recently, the price of Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 (which is $ 930 in the US, and AU$ 1,499) suggests that Aussies could end up paying over AU$ 1,600 to buy Apple's new premium handset outright. 

Combined with a 24-month telco plan, your monthly payments are likely to start at somewhere between $ 90-120, depending on the provider, with Telstra almost certainly set to charge over $ 100 for just a basic amount of calls, texts and data.

iPhone 8 leaks straight from Apple

Straight from Apple's own early HomePod firmware, iOS app developers have uncovered an icon for the all-screen display. It's the closest we have to official iPhone 8 design confirmation from Apple so far.

The same Apple source code also points to something called 'Face ID', which could take the place of the fingerprint sensor (or be an addition to it). It may be the new way to unlock your phone now that the 5.8-inch display doesn't have room for a Touch ID home button.

We talk more about these screen and fingerprint sensor changes below.

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iPhone 8 screen and design: what will it look like?

Hottest leaks:

  • 5.8-inch screen that stretches from edge to edge
  • No top bezel or home button below – it's all screen
  • Switching from LCD to a richer AMOLED display

The iPhone 8 screen may radically change in size and shape – and it's about time for something bigger and more stylish than an iPhone 6 and 6 Plus-era display.

Get ready for a 5.8-inch AMOLED display in a smaller frame, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. It's said to sport a slight 2.5D curved edge, but nothing too different from the iPhone 7 – and it won't be as sloped as Samsung's curved edges.

It's a big switch from 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones that use LCD displays. It can deliver better contrast, more vibrant colors and support a battery-saving always-on display feature. It's also better suited for VR and AR, should Apple start down that route.

But even with a dramatically bigger screen size, the phone body won't be so big in your hand. In fact, it'll likely be smaller than the current iPhone 7 Plus, on account of being (virtually) all-screen thanks to the removal of the top bezel (around the earpiece) and the physical home button. 

It's a lot like we saw with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

That said, there will be a small lip of bezel coming down from the top, containing the earpiece, front-facing LED flash and camera, in a similar fashion to the Essential Phone.

Credit: TechTastic

You may have heard different iPhone 8 rumors, like ones that claim Apple's new phone will have a higher resolution than Samsung's phones. Keep in mind this could be partially true, but that's based on one of 10 prototypes Apple is said to be considering.

Interestingly, Samsung is said to be supplying the OLED screens, beating out Sharp, which was once rumored for the job, but this will likely just be for the iPhone 8, not the other new iPhone models with a basic specs upgrade.

Just when Apple had nearly perfected the aluminum unibody phone, it's now expected to be moving to an all-glass design. This is actually great news.

It'll allow for the iPhone 8 to wirelessly charge, as electricity doesn't pass straight through metal nearly as well.

The CEO of one of Apple's suppliers has even let wireless charging capabilities slip, and a sound file hidden in the iOS 11 beta also points to wireless charging, as does a mention of inductive charging in Apple's HomePod software, so it looks almost certain that we'll see it in some form.

We've even seen images of wireless charging components supposedly headed for the iPhone.

Wireless charging components supposedly headed for the iPhone 8

What's less certain, according to the latest whispers, is whether it's going to be ready in time for the iPhone's launch. A delay has been echoed by another source, who says wireless charging will probably be included, but may only be enabled after launch.

You'll still see a metal frame, of course, which would give the new phone a look not unlike the Samsung Galaxy S8. One source described the iPhone 8 as having a "glass sandwich design". Delicious, right?

It'll be a touch more water-resistant – up from IP67 to IP68 – so it can handle more dunking for longer.

  • Here's what wireless charging will mean for the iPhone 8

A number of dummy units were shown off by a variety of video producers, and you can watch one of them below. For example, the video from Marques Brownlee shows a non-working unit of what we think may be the iPhone 8.

There's a fake screen in this video for illustration purposes, but it shows off the glass back, full-screen front and dual-camera on the rear of the phone.

In terms of new iPhone 8 colors, we're hearing very little beyond a new 'Blush Gold' variant that will take the place of Rose Gold in the lineup. There could even be a one-off all-white iPhone 8 in honor of the 10th anniversary… but that doesn't really jive with the history of the phone.

There could also be a mirror-like finish as a special edition, but in reality we expect a black, gray, jet-black and blush gold lineup for the new iPhone.

Could this be the hot new iPhone finish? (Photo Credit: Benjamin Geskin)
  •  iPhone 8 colors: What we know so far

The iPhone 8 won't have a physical home button

Hottest leaks:

  • All-screen design has no room for a physical home button
  • Instead, an on-screen home button will take its place
  • Big mystery: what happens to the Touch ID fingerprint sensor?

The big iPhone 8 screen means big changes for Apple's classic home button. It's disappearing, as we've heard rumor of for years, to allow for more screen.

While Apple could introduce some new gesture controls or a pressure-sensitive virtual home button to mimic the button, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor may have to move.

However, where it's going is very much up for debate.

Four predictions, some based on leaks and others on Apple patents, give us an idea what the iPhone 8 fingerprint sensor replacement will look like.

  1. The Touch ID sensor will be embedded in the screen
  2. It'll be located on the back, as on the Samsung Galaxy S8
  3. It'll be on the side sleep/wake button, as on some Sony phones
  4. There's no fingerprint sensor at all; it'll rely on 3D face unlock

The first choice, having the sensor beneath the glass, is what everyone wants. But it's unclear if Apple can successfully engineer this unproven tech in time. All of the dummy unit leaks and confident words by Apple blogger John Gruber won't mean a thing if Apple can't get the sensor to be nearly 100% accurate. This is likely why the iPhone 8 delay rumors persist. The most recent rumors suggest Apple has run out of time to perfect the tech this year. 

The second choice is in line with Samsung having trouble fitting the fingerprint sensor under the glass of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. It had to awkwardly stick it on the back of the phone. Apple's logo could double as a fingerprint sensor, but, truthfully, no one likes this idea.

Below you can see a photo from a Foxconn factory – that's the company which manufacturers the iPhone – which claims to show the iPhone 8 with a Touch ID sensor on the rear. We're currently uncertain if we can trust the source, but the image looks to be real, and may be one of our first looks at the rear sensor on the iPhone 8.

The third option has a patent backing it up, and to us moving the sensor to the sleep/wake button makes sense, as it's easier to reach than the back of the phone. We won't rule this one out just yet, even if there are no other leaks attached to it.

The fourth choice, having no fingerprint scanner, would be a major shake-up for the iPhone 8 – but Apple has new unlocking tech on the way, which brings us to our next point.

iPhone 8 to have a 3D face-scanning sensor?

Hottest leaks:

  • Face unlock is a new way to bypass the lock screen
  • 3D sensor to be more secure than Samsung's Face Unlock
  • May be the only way to unlock your phone without a passcode
  • HomePod code mentions possible iPhone 8 'look to silence' command

Giving the iPhone 8 an even more futuristic vibe, Apple is said to be readying a 3D face-scanning sensor to unlock your device.

Either in place of, or in addition to, TouchID, the scanner is said to be more secure than Samsung's – although it may not be available for some time after the launch as Apple perfects the software.

We've also seen evidence that this feature's going to work even if your phone's lying flat on a surface.

Silencing your phone – even an iPhone – can be a bit of a process, and another rumor suggests the iPhone 8 might have a solution for this: the face-scanning camera is said to let you silence your phone just by looking at it.

iPhone 8 camera and AR features 

Hottest leaks:

  • A vertically-oriented dual-camera lens
  • Augmented reality features
  • 3D cameras

The iPhone 8 camera "can do extraordinary things", we fully expect Tim Cook to say on stage come September. "We never thought it possible before today." And so on.

Cook's ambitious-sounding words are inevitable. In his quarterly investor calls, he's become captivated with the idea of augmented reality (AR), and the vertical camera array is present in every leak we're seeing.

Since then, AR developer tools have come to iOS 11 beta for existing phones, and the iPhone 8 could take it one step further.

What can Apple do with AR? You may be able to point your iPhone 8 at an object and have it recognized, claims one source 'familiar with the matter'. The camera app may be able to recognize and manipulate faces in the future, too.

Apple analyst Gene Munster cites examples like being able to find your seats in a crowded stadium, or the groceries you need among all of the aisles, by looking at your phone. 

There's also talk from Korea that Apple is working with LG on a '3D photographing' module for the iPhone 8, which could be used to add three-dimensional effects and which would work with the rumored augmented reality features.

(Photo Credit: Weibo)

What about your everyday photography? That could be upgraded, too, with the second lens on the dual-lens iPhone 8 gaining optical image stabilization.

There's also now been a mention of a 'SmartCam' feature spotted in the HomePod software. This is believed to be able to automatically recognize scenes and objects, and adjust the camera settings accordingly.

We don't expect a bump beyond the 12MP sweet spot that Apple and other phone manufacturers have found, and don't look for the dual-lens snapper on the standard iPhone 7S – it'll be just for the iPhone 8.

iPhone 8 battery life

The iPhone 8 could feature longer battery life, according one analyst who thinks Apple may switch to a stacked mainboard internal design.

Photo Credit: 9to5Mac.com

This would open up extra room for a larger-capacity iPhone 8 battery, and we already know OLED displays are better at preserving power. When exhibiting blacks, OLED display pixels are essentially turned off.

However, with more pixels to power this is going to be a big ask – and Apple has always had a little trouble getting a long-lasting iPhone onto the market as it balances power, functionality and cost.

iPhone 8 specs will make it faster

Hottest leaks:

  • A tiny but faster 10nm A11 Fusion chipset
  • 3GB of RAM, and 64GB or 256GB internal storage options

The iPhone 8 is undoubtedly going to be faster with an Apple A11 chipset, which may be called A11 Fusion. A quad-core chipset launched with the iPhone 7, so we don't expect an octa-core chip upgrade just yet.

Yes, octa-core chipsets are all the rage, but Apple has shied away from touting big numbers and instead focused on boosting performance, and it's done just fine.

Credit: Baidu

The same goes for RAM. The iPhone 8 may stick with the same 3GB of RAM setup as in the iPhone 7 Plus (the iPhone 7 has just 2GB of RAM, so we don't foresee Apple going to 4GB RAM just yet).

But the 2017 iPhone may go for one smaller number: 10 nanometers. The move from the 16nm A10 Fusion chip to a 10nm A11 Fusion would make significant gains.

Qualcomm's 10nm Snapdragon 835 chip, for example, requires less energy and exhibits a performance boost over 16nm chips, and Apple will want to rival this chip to offer faster reactions on less battery consumption.

Some of the phone's built-in smarts might be powered by a dedicated AI chip; the word on the Cupertino street is that Apple is busy working on its own artificial intelligence processor to take the strain off the main CPU and graphics chips.

Finally, we've heard that the iPhone 8 might come in just 64GB and 256GB varieties, with no 32GB option. If Apple introduces other new entry-level iPhone versions, those could inherit the 32GB, 128GB and 256GB configurations.

But we'd assume Apple is still going to offer either a 128GB iPhone 8, or a 512GB choice, as well – three sizes is par for the course for the brand.

What not to expect from the iPhone 8

  • Foldable iPhone 8 is far-fetched
  • Wireless charging from across the room unlikely
  • Bad-guy-catching thief protection equally so

For every credible iPhone 8 rumor there are about 10 dubious ones floating around the internet, and here are three 'leaks' that are definintely far-fetched.

Probably not this year, but these patents suggest a folding iPhone will come eventually

Apple's 'Ferrari' phone, as the iPhone 8 codename may indeed be, won't be flexible or even foldable, despite convincing patents. That's not even iPhone 9 territory – maybe we'll see this tech emerge for the iPhone 10 or iPhone X.

Apple has also been rumored to be readying wireless charging (true) that works at ranges up to 15ft, with no contact required between the device and the power source (so far a pipe-dream). 

It's not out of the question for the future, though. There's evidence that Apple has been looking into this tech, with Energous, the company behind it, supposedly working with a "tier 1" smartphone maker. Energous added that it's "working with one of the largest consumer electronic companies in the world", and that it will be shipping a product by the end of 2017.

Energous has also received a $ 10 million investment from Dialog Semiconductor, according to BGR, and Dialog just so happens to be a company that works primarily with Apple.

Finally, a future iPhone – not the iPhone 8 – could tighten up security, according to a new Apple patent. It details a system that could get a thief's fingerprints and photo, as well as recording audio, video and their location – which sounds legally complicated for Apple to do on a global scale, even if it could be a good thing.

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