Rumor: next gen iPhone to be introduced in September, go on sale in October

Apple will unveil its next generation iPhone — probably to be dubbed the “iPhone 8” in September with it going on sale in October, according to the Chinese-language Economic Daily News — as noted by MacRumors. Which, by the way, is what the Sellers Research Firm (that’s me) has been predicting.

Here’s a round-up of the iPhone 8 rumors (although there may been so many I could have missed a few):

  • Touch ID will be embedded in the OLED display.
  • It will sport an A11 CPU and removable SIM.
  • The battery will be bigger.
  • There will be a 5.8-inch version.
  • The screen will be curved — unless it isn’t.
  • There will be facial identification — unless there isn’t.
  • It will have a glass-backed body.
  • It will have a stainless steel chassis.
  • It will have wireless charging.
  • It will offer the “highest level” of dust and water resistance.
  • It will ditch Lightning ports for USB-C.
  • It won’t ditch Lightning ports for USB-C.
  • It will have a “revolutionary” front-facing camera.
  • It will have AR/VR features, perhaps linking with headsets.
  • It will add True Tone technology.

UBS analyst Steven Milunovich believes that a base 64GB model could start at $850 to $900 in the U.S. at price point would be similar to Samsung's new Galaxy S8+, which starts at $840 to $850. Of course, models with more storage will almost certainly top $1,000.