iPhone 8 to Launch on September 12, 512GB Variant Expected: Reports
Apple is still silent about its annual September iPhone event, and given that August is almost ending, the anticipation continues to grow. If Apple follows tradition, then the iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, and iPhone 7s Plus will all be unveiled at an event in the first or second week of September (most likely September 6 or 12). Rumours about the anniversary edition iPhone 8 have been overflowing, and today's leak brings more information on the possible storage variants of the OLED smartphone, and the likelihood of a September 12 event launch date as well.
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Chinese tipster GeekBar claims that the iPhone 8 will come in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options. While the former two have been tipped earlier, the latter 512GB storage variant is fresh but welcome information. The base variant sees storage double from last year, which offered 32GB as the starting storage point. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had earlier tipped at 64GB and 256GB as well, but he didn’t say that other options won’t be added.
Furthermore, the tipster claims that the NAND storage options will be sourced from varied suppliers. 64GB and 256GB chips will be sourced from Toshiba and SanDisk, and the 512GB chips will be sourced from Samsung and Hynix. This bump in storage is a welcome change considering 4K content is becoming increasingly popular, and the iPhone 8 will have new AR and 3D sensing features to play around with, demanding more storage.
Separately, Mac4Ever reports, citing carrier sources, that Apple will host its iPhone 8 event on September 12. The report says that its sources have already been informed about launch details to start preparing for marketing and inventory. While nothing official has been announced from Apple’s end, if this leak turns out to be true, then the three phones will go on pre-order the same week on September 15, and be made available on September 22. This presumption is based on Apple’s traditional rollout pattern, but there’s no guarantee than the Cupertino giant will stick to the same format this year.
Recent reports seem to suggest that while there won’t be any supply constraints in the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, the iPhone 8 may be available in very limited quantities at first.
The iPhone 8 is expected to bring significant improvements and breakthrough features this year, with an OLED bezel-less panel, no home button, a vertical dual camera setup with AR capabilities, a 3D sensing front and rear camera, facial recognition, wireless charging, and better waterproofing.