Apple is going to launch not one but three iPhone devices this year. One will mark its 10th-anniversary with the iPhone family, while the other two will succeed last year’s 7 and 7 Plus. Previously, rumors regarding iPhone 7S Plus were circulating online. According to a report by Tech Radar, the iPhone 7S Plus is actually going to be called iPhone 8 Plus. The smartphone is expected to pack a revamped design and next-generation specifications.

Release date of the phone

Apple will unveil its iPhone 8 Plus at the iconic Steve Jobs Theatre, California. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 AM (Pacific Time) and 1 PM (EST). The same event will be aired in Australia on September 13 at 3 AM (AEST).

The pre-orders will begin by September 15. Unfortunately, the shipping is expected to be delayed until October or November at least. Apple plans on integrating the OLED display technology in its devices this time. Samsung Displays in their primary supplier so it will take more time than expected.

How much will the device cost?

Apple’s 8 Plus (32GB model) will begin at $749. Its 128GB variant will range up to $869. The company might even offer a 256GB variant, which will cost around $969. There won’t be a significant upgrade in terms of its internals. According to a report by Tech Radar, the company is expected to make use a new type of sense technology. The system will respond much faster than it used to before. The user can even increase or decrease the volume by simply sliding on the screen.

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This time, Apple is expected to integrate its iPhone 8 Plus with an iris scanner. This isn’t the first time that the market will witness such an innovation. Iris scanner was introduced before by Samsung. 2016’s Galaxy Note 7 packed an iris scanner. In general, it’s not such a big deal.

The Cupertino tech giant is expected to opt for facial recognition technology. It remains unconfirmed whether the iPhone 8 Plus will carry this option. The chances are that the feature might be exclusive to the iPhone Edition. An expert analyst from China predicts that Apple will move towards a curved-glass body instead of its traditional aluminum look. The new material will be very strong. Given its premium nature, the overall price of the handset might increase too. iPhone 8 Plus, as usual, won’t feature the 3.5mm headphone jack and might even come devoid of the physical home button. The device might also feature USB-C Type.