iPhone 8 specs

iPhone 8 storage

A research firm, TrendForce, issued a report saying the new iPhone will offer just two capacities: 64GB and 256GB. The firm also said it will have 3GB of RAM.

iPhone 8 cameras

We expect Apple to continue to offer a dual-lens setup, although whether it's in the same form as the iPhone 7 Plus is another matter.

A source has told Business Insider that Apple is planning on integrating augmented reality into the camera app. Sony has offered an AR feature for a long time but Apple's will supposedly be around object and face detection. The source also added that Apple will make its AR tech available to developers with an SDK.

Prior to the iPhone 7 launch we heard rumours that its camera would be flush against the back of the phone rather than protruding as it is currently on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. This wasn't the case, however, so it's a design change that could make its way to the iPhone 8.

iPhone 8 processor

The iPhone 8 is thought to include an Apple A11 processor built on a 10nm process - matching the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.

Some leaked documents, posted on Chinese blog cnBeta suggest the processor may be on one of two mainboard parts, necessitated by the bigger screen and thinner bezels, which means less room inside.

iPhone 8 rumours - split motherboard

iphone 8 wireless charging

It's thought that just one of the three iPhones for 2017 will feature wireless charging for the first time.

Mactokara says that you won't be able to charge your iPhone 8 wirelessly straight out of the box, but will need to purchase a wireless charging adapter separately. Apple has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, bolstering the rumours.

Although there are plenty of rumours about how this wireless charging will work, it's likely is that the phone will use a similar system to current phones that support Qi wireless charging.

This means you'll have to put the phone on a charger, just as with the Apple Watch, despite rumours such as a long-range wireless charging system or a proprietary method.

Biometric security

The iPhone 8 could capture the fingerprint and possibly photos of a thief who stole it. AppleInsider has reported on a patent filed back in April which describes a way of storing biometric data when an unauthorised user is detected.

It could be used to identify the person responsible and in turn lead to information which could be used to recover the stolen device. It's unclear exactly how Apple could use the technology, but the patent also talks about machine learning, so it could be intelligent enough to figure out that it's simply your child attempting to unlock your phone and play a game.

Built-in e-SIM

Another touted feature for the latest iPhone that didn't see daylight and may be reserved for the iPhone 8 is that it will have an e-SIM. Recent reports suggest that it could be the end of days for the traditional SIM card, with a possible introduction of a simpler option.

An e-SIM is an electronic SIM card which would replace the physical SIMs used today and instead will opt for a virtual embedded equivalent. Rumours suggest that both Apple and Samsung are in talk with the GSMA (organisation that represents the interest of mobile operators) to use a standardised e-SIM in future handsets.

What are the benefits of having an e-SIM? First things first, it'll make switching carriers easy and should allow for more flexible roaming. The idea is that with a standardised e-SIM, you'll be able to make a call and switch operators without having to insert a specific SIM card.

This idea translates to roaming too, as it'll be much easier to switch to a local network if you're looking to spend a long period of time in a particular country. 

You can also wave goodbye to SIM adaptors! If you've ever had to go from a nano-SIM device to a micro-SIM device, you'll know exactly what we mean. 

There's a long way to go yet so stay tuned for more iPhone 8 details and rumours. For now, check out the best new phones coming in 2017.