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iPhone 8 is shaping up to be one of the most impressive Apple smartphones to date, with glass panels on the front and rear of the device, a curved borderless OLED display and no Home Button
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Apple iPhone 8 will debut a brand-new all-glass look, with a curved OLED display and no physical Home Button
Apple has purportedly pushed back the iPhone 8 release date, after reportedly facing delays with the new flagship smartphone.
Fortunately, there is some good news.
According to the latest reports, when it does arrive on UK shelves, the iPhone 8 might be cheaper than previously thought.
Currently, the most expensive model of the iPhone 7 is the 5.5inch iPhone 7 Plus, configured with 256GB of internal storage, which sells for $969 in the US and £919 in the UK.
Fortunately, Apple might no longer be angling for the $1,000 price tag.
The iPhone 8 will likely cost customers between $850 and $900 for a model with 64GB of storage, according to a new investors note from analyst firm UBS.
"Apple is about mainstream luxury, so a $1,000 phone seems less likely," the analyst note reads.
Apple is purportedly looking to pull-out all the stops for the iPhone 8, which will mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone.
The California-based company is believed to be prototyping devices with glass, aluminium and white ceramic in the chassis.
Other prototypes being passed around the Cupertino headquarters include some iPhone 8 models with an LCD display, while others use an AMOLED panel, others include a Home Button, while some have ditched the button altogether.
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Apple is expected to erase the bezels to fit a larger display into a small footprint
In fact, the other features Apple is reportedly certain of are the new five-inch display size, wireless charging and dual camera set-up.
That display size refers to the primary touchscreen area, which will be around 5.15 inches, according to the latest whispers from Cupertino.
Meanwhile, the rest of the touchscreen – which will reportedly bleed to the very edges of the phone – will be reserved for a row of virtual on-screen buttons.
This separate Function Area, housed beneath the main display, will replace the physical Home Button and include the Touch ID fingerprint scanner embedded beneath the glass display.
The Function Area touchscreen will intelligently adapt to whatever is happening on screen, bringing menu items and shortcuts to your fingertips, similar to the Touch Bar included on the latest MacBook Pro models.
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Concept artists reveal the new Function Area at the bottom of the five-inch touchscreen
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the overall footprint of the smartphone will be similar to that of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 – which all have a 4.7-inch LED display.
Apple purportedly plans to debut an edge-to-edge display in an effort to keep the physical size of the device down, while simultaneously increasing the size of the display.
Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive is reportedly designing the phone so that it resembles "a single sheet of glass".
According to a previous research note from UBS, Apple has assembled a team of more than 1,000 engineers working on Augmented Reality (AR) technology ready for the iPhone.
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Augmented Reality sees artificial elements – like video footage, CGI animation or GPS data – placed on-top of real-world elements.
Pokémon Go is probably the best known example, which lets players use the camera to search for CGI monsters within the world around them.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is very interested in AR and has spoken at length about the potential for the technology.