Apple is scheduled to launch the much-awaited iPhone 8 on September 12. In addition to the iPhone 8, the company based in Cupertino will also launch iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. The launch of the eighth edition of iPhone assumes significance in the wake of the company celebrating the 10th anniversary of the handset. According to Wall Street Journal, the company will also launch a new Apple Watch with support for SIM card. Meanwhile, India-based NewsX and a popular business portal in the US have confirmed the launch date of the upcoming iPhone as September 12.

Availability via pre-order

Although the iPhone 8 will launch on the second Tuesday of September, customers will be able to purchase the handset only after 10 days. Initially, the phone will be available via pre-order in the US followed by other countries. Like in the past, Apple will conduct separate launch events in emerging markets such as India after 30 days of the official launch in the US. Tipped to be the anniversary edition, the iPhone 8 is expected to cost higher than other models of the iPhone.

Unique design

While the iPhone 8 will be available in a new glass design with a 5.8-inch OLED display, the iPhone 7s and the Plus variant will look identical to that of the iPhone 7 series. That said, the iPhone 8 will most likely cost $999 and will be the costliest handset ever manufactured by the company.

Bezel-less display possibility

The main highlight of the iPhone 8 is that it will be designed using two layers of glass coupled with a metal frame. Moreover, the OLED display consumes less power and produces rich, detailed and vibrant colors. The phone will most likely integrate a 5.8-inch panel although a 6-inch variant can't be ruled out.

With a plethora of smartphones being released with bezel-less displays, Apple will also follow the same path by integrating a bezel with thin borders in the premium phone.

The upcoming iPhone 8 will not ship with a physical home button and there are conflicting reports regarding TouchID. In all probability, Apple will integrate the TouchID near the Apple logo on the rear.

It is also possible to place the touch sensor under the glass.

Wireless charging support

Apple will provide support for wireless charging but reports suggest that the speed won’t be efficient like the Galaxy S8. It remains to be seen as to whether the company will ship the charger along with the product package. Apart from refreshed dual camera sensors, the iPhone 8 will be powered by the Apple A11 processor, 3GB RAM and 64GB default storage including face recognition technology.

The handset will be preloaded with AR-centric iOS 11, which will be released during the launch event. There are reports that the device will incorporate a special sensor on the front to enable users to unlock the phone even in adverse lighting conditions. We will keep track of the developments. Stay tuned.