iPhone 8 specs and new features

2If Apple does indeed do something special for the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, which seems likely based on iPhone 7 rumours, the iPhone 8 will be one which fans will no doubt want to upgrade to on launch day. Could we see the biggest queues ever?
A combination of design and hardware changes will make the iPhone 8 the most radical new iPhone to date, going by the rumours and leaks anyway.
Jony Ive has wanted to introduce an iPhone which resembles a single sheet of glass for a long time and the 2017 anniversary iPhone could be the one. It’s rumoured that at least one iPhone in 2017 will use a glass body, according to Apple supplier Catcher Technology. Glass on the front and back would make it like a hugely updated version of the iPhone 4S.
This, combined with the rumour that the iPhone 8 will sport an edge-to-edge OLED screen makes things rather interesting. And we’re not just talking the side edges, as Apple may even go as far as to do away with the top and bottom bezels. The physical home button would be gone and the TouchID fingerprint scanner would be housed within the screen.
A patent filed back in March 2015 states: “The man-machine interface device comprises an electronic display apparatus that is capable of presenting graphic text, images, icons, and other data typically shown on a screen, while further including a transparent finger touch sensor region that is seated above the display apparatus.”
Using a flexible OLED display technology will allow the iPhone 8 to be thinner and give a similar effect to the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. It should also consume less power while offering better contrast and colour reproduction. Apple already uses an OLED display for the Apple Watch.

What size of phone is right for me?

6Smartphones are getting bigger and bigger, with the latest high-end models measuring 5.7 inches and more. While bigger phones are great for watching films and browsing the web, they won’t suit everyone. Some people find them too large and awkward to hold. The only way to find out which handset size is right for you is to try holding a few in the shop. If you want something that will slip more easily into your pocket or bag, pick a 4 to 5-inch phone. Do I need a 4G phone? Smartphones use mobile broadband networks to keep you connected. The fastest mobile internet service is called 4G and is available in parts of the UK. To check whether you can get 4G in your area, use our coverage checker map. Most mobile phones come with 4G as standard now, but it’s worth checking any new handset is compatible – especially with cheaper models.
Whether you want to spend £100 or £600, our expert guide will help you find out which mobile phone is best for you.