Likely to launch early September 2017
On-sale mid-September 2017
Based on previous years, this one is easy to predict: the iPhone 8 release date is September 2017, assuming the 7S doesn’t pop up.
In fact, with the exception of the iPhone SE, every Apple handset since the iPhone 5 in 2012 has been launched in September, and there’s no reason to think that will change for the iPhone 8.
We can even get more specific than that, as Apple held its iPhone 7 event on September 7, while the events for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6 were both on September 9 of their respective launch years.
Even going further back you’ll see similar dates, so again it’s likely that Apple will stick to this sort of schedule for the iPhone 8.
Of course that’s not when you’ll be able to buy the iPhone 8/iPhone 7S, but Apple typically makes its phones available one to two weeks after announcing them, so you should be able to have the iPhone 8 in your hands before the end of September 2017.
iPhone 8 design
A curved glass back
Or the same design as the iPhone 7
Apple’s stuck with a largely similar design for the last three iPhones, so we’re expecting a big change for the iPhone 8, not least because it will arrive on the iPhone’s tenth anniversary.
That change could start with the material it’s built from, as analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reckons the phone will have a curved glass back (as well as a curved screen), rather than being metal like the iPhone 7.
That rumor has since been given more weight, with the CEO of the company behind the iPhone’s metal casing claiming that one model of the phone “will adopt glass casing next year.”