iPhone 8, iPhone X expected Today Specs, price and rumors

The new iPhone may replace the home button with a new UI
In a near replay of July's HomePod firmware leak, which sharpened our knowledge of new features like the virtual home button, a gesture-based UI and facial recognition technology, an apparent leak of the "golden master" of iOS 11 hit the internet.

Planned or not, the advance look at iOS 11 delivered a slew of juicy new morsels, not the least of which are indications that Apple has named the new flagship the iPhone X -- possibly referring to the 10th anniversary of the historic device -- while the other two will be called the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Apparently, this year there's just too much new stuff for a conventional "S" update.

But that's not all: we've got fresh insight into the new user interface, the role of the side button and something called "animojis."

We'll have to wait until Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. PT, for all of the official details; Apple did not respond to our inquiries. But in the interim, we've got a pretty clear view of what we think we'll see with the new phones, in addition to the Apple Watch 3 and 4K Apple TV box we expect to see. And though the big day is nearly here, there's plenty of time for more news to break. So stay tuned here to track all the new rumors in real time.

iPhone X/iPhone 8 specs we might see:

• Three new phones including two LCD models and an all-new OLED flagship
Curved, edge-to-edge display with True Tone technology and/or Ion-X glass
Virtual home button
• Facial recognition alternative to Touch ID
• "Wireless" charging (i.e. inductive charging) and/or faster USB-C charging
• Dual-lens camera, possibly in a vertical configuration
• AR capabilities featuring rear-facing 3D laser for enhanced depth perception
• Support for the Apple Pencil
• Stainless steel and glass body with a new "side button"
• Limited colors with an outside chance of a reflective, mirror-like finish
• Upgraded storage and memory, possibly starting at 64GB and 3GB of RAM
• Intel or Qualcomm modem
• iOS 11 featuring a gesture-based user interface and animated emojis ("Animojis")
• Enhanced water resistance or waterproofing
• Higher quality earpiece for louder, clearer audio
• Apple's next-generation processor (the A10X or A11)
Priced between $1,000 and $1,200 in the US, available in limited quantities to start (international pricing doesn't typically convert directly, but would be roughly £800 to £1,000 or AU$1,250 to AU$1,500)

Announcement And Release Date 

On Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. PT, the company will hold its inaugural event at the Steve Jobs Theater at its newly built headquarters in Cupertino, California. The official invitation, distributed to media on Aug. 31, followed tech blog Mac4Ever's report (later corroborated by the Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch) that Apple would bring out new phones at an event on Sept. 12.

Despite months of reports about potential postponement and even panic, we presume that Apple will deliver a plentiful supply of the two LCD models soon after the announcement. TechCrunch reports that Apple would likely take pre-orders on Friday, Sept. 15 and release some phones on Friday, Sept. 22. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the OLED model may be more difficult to come by, at least initially, with its store release delayed by a month or more.

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