iPhone 8 could be announced next month at WWDC 2017, says analyst

We've been hearing a lot about Apple's upcoming iPhone 8, and pretty much everyone is expecting the handset to be announced sometime in September. Surprisingly, though, a JPMorgan analyst now has it that the iPhone 8 could very well be unveiled next month, at WWDC 2017, at the same time with iOS 11.

According to 9to5Mac, the JPMorgan analyst actually noted that there's a "high likelihood" that the next-gen iPhone would be officially showcased in June. Apple may want to do that in order to stir excitement among consumers, though this would probably have an unwanted effect on sales of current iPhone models. Of course, right now, there's no way of telling if this is indeed Apple's plan.

The last handset announced by Apple during a June WWDC event was the iPhone 4 from 2010. Since then, all new iPhones were unveiled and released in September or October (except for the iPhone SE, which was introduced in March). All in all, seeing the iPhone 8 in June would be a shocker for everyone.

Even if the iPhone 8 will be announced at WWDC (and that's a big if), JPMorgan says that Apple isn't ready to launch it before September. Well, WWDC 2017 debuts in about a month, on June 5 - we'll see then just how much truth this fresh report contains.

P.S.: What you're seeing above is our very own iPhone 8 concept (based on rumors).

via: 9to5Mac

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1. palmguy

Posts: 988; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Lol. Yeah. Right. If it's not ready, Apple won't announce it.

2. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1114; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

And they don't want to share a spotlight with anyone

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well, iPhone sales are sliding, and once the "Halo" effect disappears it might not recover. So they might have to announce something to keep the faithful waiting, otherwise, all the other much better products like S8, G6, Pixels, etc. might actually end up taking sales away.

14. kiko007

Posts: 7523; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Well, iPhone sales are sliding, and once the "Halo" effect disappears it might not recover." Did you forget the fact they broke sales records in Q1 or are you just ignoring statistics? You fanboiz seem excellent at playing dumb.

15. Anonymous.

Posts: 424; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

"You fanboiz seem excellent at playing dumb" Look who's talking! You're in no position to talk about another person playing dumb, when you play and act it all the time here. And you call others fanboys? Did you forget the fact that you're one of the biggest iFanboy on this site?

19. kiko007

Posts: 7523; Member since: Feb 17, 2016


22. Nopers unregistered

No. Announcing something as big as the iPhone 8 would definitely stop sales of the iPhone 7/ 7+ because people would just wait. Leaks and rumors alone have slowed sales. They won't announce it until within a week of release.

11. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lol, talk bout pipe dream.


Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

It makes no sense unless they have such a reavolutionary technology (or time consuming tech like high end video games) that developers needed time to develop for it before the actual launch in which case they still keep it secret since they need the wow/fresh factor for september. I don't think is the case.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7523; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Utterly ridiculous.

5. RajRicardo

Posts: 505; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I'm guessing apple will intro a touchbar kinda thing for the entire bottom part of the iphone where the touch ID is. Controls on the touch bar change according to the app thats active.

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That'll be a much better application of on-screen buttons that you simply can't get with physical buttons. Not sure why no Android OEM has implemented it yet...guess it has to be available as an API for all Android devices and apps to make it practical, and pitiful stock Android just isn't there yet.

9. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Actually Meizu's Flyme OS has had that for years.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4386; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Makes sense for a tablet interface but wouldn't use this much in a phone when everything is already easily accessible.

13. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

^this. That will be a crazy dope feature tbh. Heres to keeping our fingers crossed for the rumors.

20. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Yes, but a touch bar in that context is stupid when the entire screen is a touch screen in my opinion. It makes sense on the MAC because it doesn't have a touchscreen. It will be a function area basically like what you see which will consist of a home button and possibly two other controls like Android. The home button will function jest like the current fake button.

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10. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

'P.S.: What you're seeing above is our very own iPhone 8 concept' LOL looks like the s8, lol

21. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

That's not from the latest leaks though playa. The S8 has 8 to 9 mm of chin and forehead and the side curve. The latest leaks of the iPhone has no bezels and the camera and sensors are behind the screen. Touch ID is behind the screen as well. From the front, the only thing that disrupts the full display is the speaker hole that will be a cutout in the screen at the very top. It will be everything that the S8 wanted to be, but Samsung couldn't figure it out. The Note will be the same way. It will have the same forehead and chin unless they also can figure out how to put the camera and sensors under the display.

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I see now reason why Apple will launch it at the WWDC2017.

26. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Because there is no reason unless Apple is desperate to hype the whole thing so iFans can jizz in their pants.

17. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2284; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Apple launches the software at WWDC. We will see iOS11, but not iPhone 8. Why make announcement months ahead in which the interest will decrease during launch. Makes no sense.

18. AlikMalix unregistered

There's a possibility that iOS 11 may take advanatage of some features of the new iPhone hardware - in which case iOS 11 may reveal parts of what we should expect on iPhone 7s/8.

23. aegislash

Posts: 1536; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Bring it on, Apple. After seeing all of the sketches and renders, I've gotten so used to the vertical dual camera look. That combined with slimmer bezels and the A11 chip is going to make for one heck of a sexy, solid piece of tech. The only thing that would make me even happier is if Apple released a glass sandwich iPhone 8 in the same shade of blue as my S7 Edge. Easily the most beautiful smartphone color in existence.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

Actually I'm surprised that the dual camera set up wasn't done vertically to begin with... most of the photos we take (the good ones, not snapchat or w/e) are made in landscape.... Videos SHOULD be all taken in landscape (and should be illegal to take in portrait, lol). anyways, vertical set up just makes more sense to me (even if it plays a very little role)...

24. zeoranger5

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 18, 2017

Every single year the wildest of speculation comes out and suggests that the iPhone will come out early, come out late, be named a number 1 off from what it'll actually be named (see articles from when the 4S was about to come out where articles were suggesting it was coming out in the early Summer and be named iPhone 5), now, like every year, we are seeing the same boring and tired stories. Don't we see the same tired pattern in the reporting? This is what is more likely to happen based on history of a mostly predictable company who likes to earn billions from a phone they don't want to change too much: WWDC will talk about the Apple watch, sales, new dev kits, updates to Watch OS, MacOS, and whatever they call the OS for the Apple TV. Then they'll talk about how amazing iPads are and bring out a new iOS for both tablets and phones. Then in the fall, they'll do some of that, and bring out a 7S & 7S Plus. Based on some of the more realistic rumors, perhaps a 3rd more premium iPhone that I'm not prepared to accept will be named 8 as I can't see them selling a 7S & &7S Plus along with an 8, too. Possible? Sure. Apple-esque? No. In my opinion, Apple felt and introduced 7 as a full redesign, regardless of how in their feelings people are for it being an essentially barely redesigned 6/6S.

29. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016


30. AlikMalix unregistered

Well, I agree with your analysis of the timeline, but it works for apple.. users are happy with predictability so they can plan their purchases, carrier plans, and so on (I know I do)... I usually wait just a little after announcement for two reasons: 1. my upgrade is up every two years around October, 2. you start to see carrier and electronics store deals around end of fall or beginning of winter (for Christmas) - I get what I want, for better price and don't have to guess the future. Also Samsung puts out their best device the same time that iPhones are announced (note series) to try win a few agnostic buyers from apple (I guess) - that gives me a little time to try what android fans label as the best of android phones....

25. yonith

Posts: 230; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Even Florin knows this isn't going to happen.

28. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Apple isn't going to release the iPhone 8 this year. They have no reason to throw away money. If they know full well that the isheep will buy the iPhone 8 in a certain quantity this year or the next, they will release it next year and milk the sheep this year with the 7s. If they jump straight to the iPhone 8 they lose the glorious milk money they would get from the iPhone 7s as their 2017 flagship. They know how to make mad sheep money and jumping straight to the iPhone 8 this year is not how you do it.

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