Apple Suffers Major iPhone 8 and X Leak Days Before Launch
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Apple has suffered a major leak just two days before it holds a major launch event at its new Cupertino headquarters. The leak contains details of two new iPhone 8 handsets, as well as code relating to an unspecified iPhone X device.

The leak is major blow, and represents the biggest to hit the firm.

iPhone 8 Speculation

Before this leak, speculation had been building as to what the major launch event would reveal. The smart money has long been on the newest iPhone generation. Now, this major leak all-but confirms this to be true — removing some of the hype that normally accompanies any new Apple product.

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The leak is actually the final version of iOS 11 (aka “Gold Master” — meaning ready for release), and it contains a huge amount of information.

The leak suggests the iPhone 8 will be a radical step forward, after many accused Apple of loosing its world-leading innovative edge.

  • Bezel. An all new, almost bezel-less display, with a “notch” at top holding the front-facing camera and new 3D sensors
  • Aspect Ratio. The iPhone 8 will match the Samsung elongated 18.5:9 aspect ratio, and an increase native resolution to 2436×1125 pixels
  • True Tone. iPhone 8 is getting an upgrade to the iPad Pro’s True Tone Display
  • Home Button. The standard iPhone home button is becoming a virtual home bar
  • Six Cores. iOS 11 GM shows the iPhone 8 will feature six CPU cores
  • 3D Sensors. The iPhone 8 will feature front facing 3D sensors for vastly increased facial recognition accuracy.

The full details will be revealed at Tuesday’s launch party.

More to Reveal?

The leak is undoubtedly disappointing for Apple. More than disappointing, I would hazard. In the past, Apple has been excellent at keeping its major launch details under-wraps.

This follows on from last month, when information about the new Apple HomePod was uploaded to the internet — containing information about the iPhone 8 and the mysterious X (widely considered another premium device that will appear after the iPhone 8).

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The launch event on Tuesday will still be exciting, and will capture the imaginations of Apple users and tech industry leaders alike.

But as we have previously considered at MakeUseOf, is there really any use in a major device update every 12 months? Given the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is retailing for around $1000, the new iPhone 8 is likely to cost the same, if not more.

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If you’d like to check out some of the new iOS 11 features, Twitter user @_inside is analyzing, testing, and posting what he finds. And if you want to watch the launch keynote, you can stream the event live from the Apple website.

Will you upgrade to the latest iPhone? Or are you happy with your current handset? Should companies be limited to the device updates? Or do you look forward to a new device every 12 months? Let us know your thoughts below!

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  1. Ben-El
    October 17, 2017 at 11:11 am

    In my option this tech behaviour from Gadget manufacturers is just not sustainable! How can greatly speced handsets go obsolete in under a year? And after 3 years they stop OTA updates and support? How would the earth be in a decade, with these constant releases annually by all tech companies both great and small? Let's not forget the loads of rare earth minerals that go into the production of these "smartphones". What happens to the 'not-so-obsolete' but "obsolete" devices due to the constant churn out? I wouldn't stand for this! I'm using an ASUS ZF2 which I've had for close to 2 years! Only replacing because of OS and hardware problems and in addition there were features I desired that weren't included in my model... + a cracked screen that only happened an odd week or so ago (and greatly bugs me)... If everyone could use their gadgets at least for half a decade, there'd be sensible innovation!

  2. Paul Adams
    September 12, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    The leak suggests the iPhone 8 will be a radical step forward, after many accused Apple of loosing its world-leading innovative edge.
    *losing

    But yes, the Apple faithful will head out and pay whatever they're told to, just because Tim Cook said to do so.

  3. Gazoo
    September 12, 2017 at 4:02 am

    The only people that care about the leak are apple management, hardcore sheeps and the apple-sanctioned news sites.

    Design, marketing and vulgar pricing have taken over functionality on these new "flagships" from competing companies.

  4. Shawn
    September 11, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    I'm sick of all this planned obsolescence with device manufacturers these days. I have an iPhone 6S, not even two years old, and the battery goes from 100% to 30% by noon every day, and that is just sitting on my desk not taking phone calls or anything. These devices are designed to self destruct every two years forcing you to buy a new $1,000 device to replace it. There's no way for the average person to make repairs on their own either, since the battery is sealed up inside the body of the phone. You have to be a geeky in-the-know type of person to do your own repairs, and even then you risk voiding your warranty.

    Personally, I think manufacturers need to get away from making the thinnest most powerful device they can possibly make, and get back to making things more modular, expandable, and with user-replaceable parts.

  5. dragonmouth
    September 11, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    " is there really any use in a major device update every 12 months?"
    And people complained when Microsoft released a new version of Windows every couple of years!

    I bet the Fruitco Faithful will be tripping all over themselves to get the new gewgaw from the Mothership.