No matter how many rumors swirl around the release of new Apple products, somehow the iPhone maker still manages to surprise everyone. That includes tech analysts whose livelihoods depend on them watching everything Apple does.
This year, the 10th anniversary of the iPhone is no different. When Apple CEO Tim Cook unveils the new iPhone next Tuesday, September 12, many things about it will take people by surprise.
For starters, that includes the name. iPhone 8?
What happened to iPhone 7S? Well, like the dozens of rumors and countless online ramblings about the smartphone, and other Apple products rolling out next week, much of what you've heard is simply not correct.
So, here we've rounded up all the rumors that we either know are true about the next iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV or are very likely true. Plus, don't forget, we'll be live blogging Apple's big announcements on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, as they do every September, Apple executives will unveil a slew of new products. Keep reading and we'll get to more of these.
But the big news is always the iPhone, right? This is what we know, and what we strongly suspect is correct about this year's new iPhones. Yes, "S" as in multiple iPhones.
iPhone 7S and 7S Plus
Rumors have gone back and forth about Apple's plans to roll out upgrades to the iPhone 7. However, based on what Apple's manufacturers have been working on, we think there's a strong possibility this will be an area where Apple surprises us. This will now be Apple's lower-end new phones.
Still, there is always the chance that Apple will skip the 7S and 7S plus altogether.
The real showstopper next week will be the iPhone 8. However, it may be called iPhone Edition or something along those lines.
Valued at $1,000 or so, the iPhone 8 will become Apple's go-to iPhone for hardcore users and its most diehard fans. This phone will have all the bells, whistles and new tech that a lot of iPhone users feel, well, has been missing in the past several iterations of the smartphone.
Just think about the iPhone 6 family and the iPhone 7 family. Are there really significant differences? This is why Apple's annual rollout the past couple of years has been met with, "meh" by many people.
That won't be the reaction to iPhone 8. Its 5.8-inch screen is going to be amazing, simply put. It's upgrading from an LCD screen to a brighter and clearer OLED (organic light-emitting diodes) screen.
Plus, the screen's glass will wrap around the phone itself. That will make the images bolder, bigger and every other adjective that means big, bright and beautiful.
That full screen, though, means its home button will be gone. Also missing: A lock screen fingerprint reader. That reader may end up on the side of the phone or on the back.
The fingerprint sensor is also getting a major upgrade with technology calledÂ active sensing element for acoustic imaging systems. It will read your fingerprint using ultrasonic transmission.
More significant, though, is its facial-recognition reader. The iPhone 8 will scan your face for access.
The iPhone 8 will be sleek. So, no port for charging. It will almost certainly have wireless charging.