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Apple’s upcoming launch event Sept. 12 should be extremely interesting and chalk full of new products. In addition to unveiling details about a new Apple Watch, the Home Pod system and 4 release dates for iOS 11, macOS High Sierra and WatchOS software, the tech giant is expected to announce three new iPhone models. Consumers may get a look at not only the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but also the iPhone X. Recent rumors have scrapped the monikers iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus for the standard devices and iPhone 8 for the super premium model. The iPhone X, in particular, may include many new features never before seen on the product line. Take a look at what specs and features to expect for Apple’s 2017 devices.


Rumors indicate the three prospective iPhones will all have different display sizes. The iPhone 8 may have a 4.7-inch display and the iPhone 8 a 5.5-inch display, much like older models. The iPhone X; however, may have a 5.8-inch display, framed by thin bezels, a first for the product line. The iPhone 8 is also expected to feature a “True Tone” OLED display with a 1125x2436 resolution. This would mean improved color quality for the phone’s screen, in comparison to the LCD displays on older iPhones, as well as improve power efficiency on the device. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will likely retain Apple’s common LCD display.


Most aesthetic changes are expected for the iPhone X, which may feature an all-glass exterior as well as introduce a new color called Copper Gold (or Blush Gold). Other standard colors, such as Black and Silver are also expected. To accompany the new “True Tone” OLED display, several leaks have suggested the iPhone X may feature thin bezels and no physical home button to maximize the screen real estate for the device. This design is similar to the “Infinity” display on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 and the “Full Vision” display on the LG V30. Early rumors claimed Apple had plans to implement an on-screen fingerprint scanner on the iPhone X, but this has been refuted.

Now pundits believe Apple may get rid of its Touch ID feature altogether for another security and authentication method. The iPhone X may now use a dedicated side button to perform functions, such as activating Siri or Apple Pay. In lieu of a home button, the iPhone X may feature a “dynamic navigation area” at the bottom of its display.

Leaks of the iPhone X front panel have shown the iPhone may have a notch, where notifications and the speaker grill are located. This new design may lead to an update for the device’s status bar.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will likely be similar to recent predecessors in terms of design and materials. They may feature color options, similar to the iPhone X.


Internal hardware for the new iPhones is expected to include a new A11 processing chip, which may include two high speed (Monsoon) cores and four low speed (Mistral) cores. According to leakster, Longhorn, the chip may be able to use all of its cores or process data at the same time. This would be an upgrade from the current, A10 Fusion chip, which features four cores; however, the chip only allows either the two high-speed cores or the two low-speed cores to function at any given time.

In terms of memory and storage, the iPhone 8 may feature 2GB of RAM, while the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X may feature 3GB of RAM. Overall, this isn’t an upgrade, as the 2016 iPhone 7 Plus featured 3GB of RAM, but it’s a step in the right direction that Apple continues to favor higher memory capacities. Overall, between the processor and RAM, users should expect improved multitasking for the higher end smartphones.

Rumors indicate the iPhone X may be available in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB internal storage models. It is not clear whether the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus will have the exact same options. However, considering prior Apple launches, the 512GB option could easily be exclusive to the iPhone X or could also be featured on the iPhone 8 Plus.

The iPhone X, in particular, may feature a USB-C port instead of a Lightning charger. Rumors have not indicated battery capacities for the iPhone 8 models or the iPhone X.


As per usual, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X will likely run the upcoming iOS 11 software, which is expected to feature new wallpapers and animated emojis. In accordance with the possible new notch design for the iPhone X, its status bar may be set up with time on the left and other icons such as battery percentage, Wi-Fi and cellular service on the right.


Much like the iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone X and possibly also the iPhone 8 Plus are expected to feature a dual camera, which will include two 12-megapixel lenses. The iPhone X, in particular, is expected to support 4K video at 24 and 60 frames per second, as well as 1080p video at frames per second. Such features may be in accordance with rumored VR and AR capabilities expected for Apple software and hardware. Additionally, the iPhone 8 Plus may introduce more lighting features of the Portrait Mode, which accompany the iPhone dual camera. These features include Contour Light, Natural Light, Stage Light, Stage Light Mono, and Studio Light. The front camera on the new Apple devices is expected to be a 7-megapixel lens.

New Features

The iPhone X is expected to introduce facial recognition a new security and authentication method to replace TouchID. Apple’s feature will likely be called Face ID, details of how the feature may work were recently leaked. Both front and rear cameras on the new iPhones are expected to feature face-detection software, but for Face ID as an unlocking tool, users will access the front camera. According to recent leaks, the Face ID set up users a frame to detect a user's eyes, nose, and mouth and capture a 3D image of their face for authentication purposes.

Leaked details also suggest the iPhone X may support wireless charging. It is likely Apple opted for an all-glass display on the smartphone in order to enable wireless charging.


After many years of speculation of a $1000 iPhone, the iPhone X may hit the market with a starting price of $999 for its 64GB base model. The 256GB model may sell for $1099 and the 512GB model may sell for $1199. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are expected to have typical starting prices of $649 and $749 respectively.

Release Date

After its Sept. 12 launch event, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus may go on sale Sept. 22, after becoming available for preorder Sept. 15, according to recent reports. The iPhone X release could be delayed until October, due to issues with manufacturing and component availability.