A new colour Blush Gold and iPhone X memory sizes
Apple Watch 7 release date and price
The only real release date rumors so far come from Ming-Chi Kuo (an analystwith a good track record for Apple information), who’s suggested that we’llsee a new Apple Watch model in the second half of 2021, according to 9to5Mac.This isn’t at all surprising though, since for years now Apple has beenlaunching new Apple Watches in September. Even with all the disruption thepandemic caused in 2020 that remained true, so we’d fully expect to see theApple Watch 7 in September 2021 – probably around the middle of the month.As for what it will cost, there’s no news there, but Apple has been fairlyconsistent with pricing too. The Apple Watch 6 starts at $399 / £379 / AU$599,and while there has been some fluctuation in pricing across the last fewmodels, they’re all in the same ballpark, so we’d expect the Apple Watch 7will cost around that much too.Apple Watch 6 (Image credit: Future)
Apple Watch 6 release date and price
You can add in personalised ‘memojis’, right from the Watch itself. (Imagecredit: TechRadar)The Apple Watch 6 release date was Friday, September 18, and you’re now ableto pick one up online or in store with (relative) ease.In terms of the Apple Watch 6 price, you’re looking at $399 / £379 / AU$599for the 40mm version, while the 44mm version starts at $429 / £409 / AU$649(those prices are for the GPS-only version, without cellular connectivity).If you want an LTE-ready watch, the 40mm starts at $499 / £479 / AU$749, andthe 44mm at $529 / £509 / AU$799.The most expensive model will still set you back $1,499 / £1,449 / AU$2,259 ifyou go for the most luxurious straps and finish – but Apple still believesthat fashion has a large part to play in the allure of its Watch.And remember: you can still plump for the Apple Watch 3 for $199 / £199 /AU$299, or try and find the similarly-specced Apple Watch 5 discounted at manyretailers.
iPhone X specs and display
The 5.8-inch iPhone X display is phenomenal, with 448 pixels per inch and a2,436 x 1,125 resolution. It’s got HDR10 and Dolby Vision support and featuresApple’s True Tone tech. And yes, it’s OLED this time.The processor is Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip, just like in the iPhone 8. It’savailable in 64 or 256GB versions.Despite the new display, there’s also two hours more of battery life versusiPhone 7.There’s also wireless charging just like the iPhone 8 via the Qi standard -Apple has a new AirPower charging mat that you can also charge your AppleWatch Series 3 on. That’s coming next year in addition to a wireless chargingcase for the AirPods.The front of iPhone X has two cameras including one infrared camera for FaceID, more on that below.
iPhone X release date and pricing
The iPhone X release date is Friday 22 September. All the new iPhones will bewaterproof and dustproof.The iPhone X is from £999/$999 USD for 64GB so the 256GB iPhone X will be VERYexpensive.You can pre-order iPhone X from 27 October and the iPhone X release date is 3November.
When is the new iPhone release date?
Apple has confirmed the new iPhone announcement for 12 September. Looking atit logically in comparison to previous iPhone launches, that would probablymean a release date on Friday 22 September or Friday 29 September.However, there is a scenario where the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus (which may now becalled the 8 and 8 Plus) will be released in September, with the iPhone 8 oriPhone X release date later on, probably during October. We’d have thoughtthis is unlikely – and that’s what we’re hearing from several sources – but itis possible, and there are continued rumblings about this.We’re also expecting Apple to release some other new software and hardware.There will be iOS 11, of course, which will be in all the new iPhones. Therewill be a new Apple Watch 3 possibly, in addition to watch OS 4. We may alsoget some more details on the Apple HomePod release date, as well as the newiMac Pro and Mac Pro that’s slated for 2018. And there will also be anannounced macOS High Sierra release date.
Leaked iPhone X packaging?
Well would you look at that? A Dutch tech blog posted this image of an iPhoneX box on 6 September, so just six days before Apple is set to reveal the newiPhones. They claim it was sent to them for a sponsored article paid for byDutch phone network KPN, though the blog has now removed the image ‘uponrequest’. Now, that sounds legit and especially the bit that KPN got a bitedgy, but would you really broadcast something that’s been sent to you for apaid-for article? Sounds a little fishy to us, especially as packaging nevernormally features in iPhone advertising. And that’s before we look at theweird font that X is written in on the side of the box…
The iPhone 8 or iPhone X will be released alongside the iPhone 7S and 7S
PlusThe first time we looked at iPhone 8 rumors back in April, the source wasdesigner Benjamin Geskin, who has been reliable in the past.He claimed to have a CNC machined model of the phone along with plenty ofdetails.As you can see from this picture the handset looks similar to the currentiPhone 7 in shape and size. Geskin says it’s about the same thickness ataround 7.1mm but it’s that front where the major changes can be found.One image here has been doctored to show what the final model will look likewith the screen on. Geskin claimed that means a near edge-to-edge screen with4mm bezel and curved 2.5D glass on both the front and back.Geskin said that iPhone 8 would feature a Touch ID fingerprint readerbehindthe glass. There are also dual rear cameras – vertically arranged – and evendual front cameras (we think this is unlikely in the final iPhone X or 8).As you’ll see, the vertical dual rear cameras are a recurring theme, andthere’s no smoke without fire…
Could it be called the iPhone ‘Edition’? Or iPhone Decade Edition?
According to Bloomberg – again from April 2017 – the new handset will becalled the iPhone Edition.It reiterated the previous Geskin rumours that there would be an “all-screen”front encased in glass and a steel frame. That screen should be OLED and besurrounded by more dynamic curves, like the original iPhone.The report also says the iPhone Edition will feature more advanced cameras. Aswe said, lots of leaks point towards an iSight Duo dual camera system with up-and-under layout.Some rumours around this time suggested supply chain issues with the OLEDscreen, though we’d have thought this unlikely.
Actually, could there be dual cameras on the front of the iPhone 8 or
iPhone X?A leaked image showed a dummy iPhone 8 in a phone case but, crucially, we geta good look at both sides so can see the screen and dual cameras.In typical Apple style we don’t just have a dual camera setup, it’s a badassone-piece tinted glass finish. Of course this could just be the dummy modelwith stand out separate lenses on the final model but what it does show is aclear up and under dual camera setup.On the front we can see the screen runs right to the edges of the handset withno home button in sight. Even the top camera and sensor appear to be hiddenbehind that single front glass piece.Also leaked at the same time are some CAD images that leakster Ben Geskinclaims show off what we can expect. He also says that we should be gettingwireless charging that runs through the back of the entire phone.That circle on the back, he points out, is for the Apple logo.Some suggested this was a fingerprint reader on the rear, but we’d havethought that very unlikely.And yes, could that really be dual front AND rear cameras?
A new colour – Blush Gold – and iPhone X memory sizes
And what’s this? A new brand new iPhone 8 colour has appeared.According to Benjamin Geskin, this leak appeared right out of Foxconn itself(Foxconn is Apple’s assembly partner for the iPhone) and is the official namethere for the new colour.Apparently the appearance of Blush Gold means that Rose Gold is no more. Maybethat;s copper-like Blush Gold. It seems Rose Gold will allegedly getdiscontinued at the iPhone 8 launch in favour of the new colour on the scene.The new iPhone also has two memory sizes according to this leak – 64GB and128GB. As the iPhone 8 will be a premium handset that’s more expensive thanthe iPhone 7S, we can well believe this. However, we’d expect 256GB as well.Images also leaked in July showing off the Blush Gold model stood alongsideshiny black and pearl finish iPhone 8 handsets.
iPhone 8 to get wireless charging and stick with waterproofing
According to leaks from Apple suppliers in June we should be able to expectwaterproofing and – at last – wireless charging in the new high-end iPhone.Wireless charging would definitely distinguish the iPhone X from the iPhone7S.The CEO of Wistron told Nikkei Asian Review: “Assembly process for theprevious generations of [iPhones] have not changed much, though new featureslike waterproofing and wireless charging now require some different testing,and the waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit.” Wistronmanages some iPhone manufacturing in India.Of course there is a small hole in that quote, the iPhone name. So we need totake this one with a pinch of salt.
iPhone 8 and Apple Watch 3 could charge simultaneously – and wirelessly
According to sources of Japan’s Macotakara the next iPhone 8, iPhone 7s andiPhone 7s Plus will all have wireless charging built-in, just like AppleWatch.However, these charging abilities may be limited to 7.5W as opposed to themaximum of 15W that the Q1 wireless charging standard allows. This comes froma source within the Wireless Power Consortium, suggesting they know whatthey’re talking about.So why be limited to 7.5W? The current Apple Watch tops out at 7.5W,suggesting that Apple may want the iPhone 8 to be on the same charging format.That could be to allow for multiple device charging pads. But it will be SLOW.So you could have a pad by your bed which you throw your iPhone and Watch onat night before sleep and have them both charge overnight. Since this is along overnight charge the low output won’t really matter anyway. If you want afaster charge just plug it in, right?