Here's more evidence the iPhone 8 will be all screen

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Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next iPhone
  • When is it out? Probably September 2017
  • What will it cost? A lot
 

iPhone 8 release date

Hottest leaks:

  • Likely to launch early September 2017
  • On-sale probably mid-September 2017

While there aren't yet any rumored release dates for the iPhone 8 this is one thing that's easy to take a guess at, as Apple tends to stick to a similar schedule each year.

In fact, with the exception of the iPhone SE, every Apple handset since the iPhone 5 in 2012 has been launched in September. There's no reason to think that will change for the iPhone 8, so expect to see it in September 2017.

We can even get more specific than that, as Apple held its iPhone 7 event on September 7, while the events for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6 were both on September 9 of their respective launch years.

Even going further back you'll see similar dates, so again it's likely that Apple will stick to this sort of schedule for the iPhone 8.

Of course that's not when you'll be able to buy the iPhone 8/iPhone 7S, but Apple typically makes its phones available one to two weeks after announcing them, so you should be able to have the iPhone 8 in your hands before the end of September 2017.

TechRadar's take: A launch event in the first or second week of September 2017, with the phones hitting stores one to two weeks later, is our best guess.

iPhone 8 screen

Hottest leaks:

  • A curved AMOLED display
  • A 5.8-inch screen
  • No home button and no bezels

Apple hasn't done much with its iPhone screens since upping the sizes with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but the iPhone 8 could see the display undergo its biggest change yet, with respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claiming that the iPhone 8 will have a curved AMOLED display.

AMOLED is a technology primarily used by Samsung phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S7, and it can often deliver great contrast and vibrant colors.

As well as sporting a new technology and curves, the iPhone 8 display could also be larger, with Ming-Chi Kuo claiming it could be up to 5.8 inches, which would make the phone even larger than the 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

That size would presumably be reserved for the iPhone 8 Plus, but it makes sense, as Apple's phablets and large handsets in general are proving popular. If the screen does get larger it's likely to also get sharper, so we might finally see a QHD iPhone display.

But despite the larger screen size the phone itself might not be much bigger, as way back in 2015 we heard talk from Taiwan that Apple was working on a way to get rid of the home button and build Touch ID into the screen itself, potentially eliminating the bezels in the process.

More recently Apple blogger John Gruber made similar claims, saying that "the entire face will be the display. And the Touch ID sensor will be somehow embedded in the display. The front-facing camera will somehow be embedded in the display. The speaker, everything. All the sensors will somehow be behind the display."

Apple tweaked the home button this year, making it no longer physically click when pressed, so this could be the next step. On the other hand, you could argue that since Apple only just tweaked the button it's unlikely to ditch it so soon.

There's also the question of whether Apple would be able to produce enough of these panels. The company currently uses Japan Display for many of its screens, and while Japan Display is planning to start building OLED panels they're not expected to arrive before 2018.

TechRadar's take: A move to OLED sooner or later seems inevitable, but Apple might only use the panels for the iPhone 8 Plus in 2017, if it can't source enough. A larger, sharper screen seems likely, but plans to build Touch ID into the screen sound ambitious, and while Apple is seemingly working on this we're not convinced the tech will be ready for the iPhone 8.

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