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The iPhone 8 will come with a BIG treat for Apple fans

A leaked image of the iPhone 8 has shown a fresh design.
A leaked image of the iPhone 8 has shown a fresh design.

IT'S set to be a big year for Apple fans, because this year marks the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone.

The Sun reports rumours are still swirling over new features like a 3D camera, infinity screen to rival the Samsung S8, and free AirPods for every buyer.

HOW MUCH WILL THE IPHONE 8 COST?

Rumours suggest that the new smartphone could be a lot more affordable than you think.

Steven Milunovich, an analyst from global financial services giant UBS, claims that Apple's prices are expected to stay around the same price as the iPhone 7.

He said the flagship iPhone 8 will start from $A1100.

Milunovich wrote in a report seen by Mac Rumours: "Contrary to some perceptions, Apple prices quite competitively.

"Apple likes to position its entry-level products at the mid-market with 'Pro/Plus' products close to competitors at the high end."

But other experts have predicted that buying an iPhone 8 could set you back more than $1400.

This is because the 10th-anniversary smartphone will reportedly have 256GB of storage, augmented reality technologies, 3D sensors and high-quality OLED display.

WHEN WILL THE IPHONE 8 BE RELEASED?

Apple had been expected to release the iPhone 8 in September 2017, in keeping with its annual autumn launch of major new products.

In 2016 the iPhone 7 was launched on 16 September, so a similar mid-September date seemed most likely - although one analyst has claimed it could be unveiled at the company's Worldwide Developers' Conference on June 5.

Nothing has been confirmed, but Apple tends to stick to the same schedule every year. The iPhone 5, 5S, 6, 6S and 7 were all launched in September of consecutive years.

However, according to the Economic Daily News technical problems mean it could be delayed by weeks due to "technical issues" with the hotly anticipated curved screen and 3D camera.

Other rumours have suggested that delays in the handset's new fingerprint sensor mean its release could be delayed until October at the earliest.

And some analysts believe that there won't be a new Apple iPhone launch until 2018.

HAVE PHOTOS BEEN LEAKED OF THE NEW IPHONE 8?

Apple fans went into meltdown when "new pictures" of the iPhone design were leaked online.

But it's been claimed the latest pictures claiming to be the iPhone 8 show a previous mock-up released just weeks ago.

Technology website BGR claimed to reveal "the world's first look at Apple's final iPhone 8 design in real life".

It was later claimed the images were the work of a graphic designer Benjamin Geskin, who claimed to have been handed pictures from Apple manufacturer Foxconn, which showed what the iPhone might look.

WHAT WILL THE IPHONE 8 COME WITH?

Analysts from JP Morgan have reportedly said the iPhone 8 will come with a free pair of Airpods, Apple's cool wireless headphones.

In a briefing note seen by Apple Insider, experts suggested the Airpods would come as a free bonus.

However, the claim is unverified and has been described as "unlikely" because of the $A229 cost of the wireless earphones and the huge demand which means iFans have to wait up to six weeks to buy a pair from the Apple Store.

WHAT NEW FEATURES WILL THE IPHONE 8 HAVE?

Facial recognition

to blast its biggest fans with laser beams when they buy the next iPhone 8.

But while this sound scary, the James Bond-esque technology may actually allow them to open up their mobile phone using their face.

An unconfirmed Apple rumour has suggested the upcoming device will use a laser to scan users' features.

This could allow them to use their own lovely face to access the gadget, rather than having to scan a fingerprint or enter a password.

"Features appear to include some form of facial/gesture recognition supported by a new laser sensor and an infra-red sensor mounted near the front-facing camera and, as expected, should also finally include wireless charging," wrote Apple analyst Timothy Arcuri, according to Business Insider.

LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE (OLED) PANELS

Apple placed orders for bendable organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels - the kind you find on Samsung phones - to use in 70 million smartphones, according to sources speaking to Nikkei Asian Review.

OLED screens are typically used in fancy smart TVs because they offer high colour and motion quality (making it perfect for watching Netflix) without munching too much power.

WIRELESS CHARGING

Taiwanese tech manufacturer Foxconn is making wireless charging modules for the iPhone 8, according to reports.

It means the iPhone 8 will reportedly be able to be charged from 15 FEET away.

It will use a built-in wireless receiver to receive power from a transmitter plugged into a socket.

A company called Energous is said to be supplying the technology it called 'WattUp'.

The firm has previously boasted WattUp technology can allow devices to be charged from the impressive distance.

Robert Hwang, CEO of iPhone assembler Wiston has apparently confirmed the rumour surrounding wireless charging.

"The assembly process for the previous generations of [iPhones] have not changed much, though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing".

WILL THE IPHONE 8 HAVE A HEADPHONE JACK, HOME BUTTON OR TOUCHBAR?

It doesn't look like the new iPhone will have a headphone jack, and the physical home button is expected to disappear as the whole face will be a screen.

Apple is tipped to follow in the footsteps of Samsung's Galaxy S8 by removing the physical home button from the phone to allow for an edge-to-edge display.

Recent leaked sketches have shown the fingerprint scanner had been moved to the rear of the phone - a necessity given the removal of the home button.

The device is tipped to be missing the familiar touchbar to make way for a massive infinity screen.

Drawn up by Benjamin Geskin at iDropNews, they predict that the virtual home button will feature a fingerprint sensor and accept and decline buttons for when someone calls.

Where the menu bar once was will be a virtual function area where you can toggle music and apps.

This story first appeared on The Sun.

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