The iPHONE 8

Apple users around the world waiting with bated breath to see the new iPhone 8 have had a bit of advance warning, and it looks like it's going to be big not only commercially but physically.

A leak from cover manufacturer MobileFun about its forthcoming range of protective iPhone covers has made it possible for industry watchers to deduce quite a bit about the new model when looked at in conjunction with previous leaks from three alleged Foxconn employees who gave away information on Apple's forthcoming release schedule in a thread on Reddit, whose moderators claim the identities and credentials of the posters have been confirmed.

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It is looking almost certain now that the iPhone 8 will boast a near bezel-less design housing a 5.8 inch edge-to-edge display with front-facing camera, sensors and microphone all housed in an area at the top, which seems to indicate that we will be looking at a radically redesigned iOS11 with a new Function Area. And the display promises to boast a larger screen resolution than any iPhone that has gone before it. According to Forbes contributor Gordon Kelly, working from both sets of leaks and rumours, we are probably going to be looking at a native resolution of 2800 x 1342 pixels. By way of comparison, the native resolution of the iPhone 7 Plus is 1080 x 1920, so it's something of an understatement to say this is a substantial upgrade.

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The release of the iPhone 8 is going to be a an even bigger deal than usual for Apple, as it marks the 10th anniversary of the now-almost-ubiquitous iPhone. There is, as yet, no confirmed release date for the device, though it has been reported that the launch has been delayed due to difficulty in sourcing 3D camera components, which has allegedly set it back by “months”.

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However much Apple may disapprove, or claim to disapprove of such leaks ahead of launch, there is no denying that the drip-feed of information we are receiving about the new iPhone is mostly just serving to stoke anticipation for its eventual release, and this tenth anniversary model looks set to be both a game - and a market - changer.

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