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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.
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).
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.
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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