Apple’s iPhone 8 is expected to be one of the biggest tech developments this year, and if the rumors are to be believed, then it could be unveiled sooner than expected. The company is already in talks with retail partners for the launch of a new device, according to Express.
Apple asks retailers to clear the shelves
Apple may unveil the new device as soon as March, but this should be taken with a grain of salt. A memo received by MacRumors states that Target has already asked all the stores to return the unsold iPhone SE models to Apple by March 1. All variants of the iPhone SE, including the 16GB and 64GB models, will be sent back.
The report also states that the iPhone maker may have discontinued shipping of the iPhone SE in September. One obvious reason for this decision could be lackluster sales, contrary to what the company says.
Such a move comes ahead of Apple’s heavily-rumored March launch event, where it is expected to showcase several new devices, including new iPhones and iPads. Trusted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has already said that Apple is not going to revamp the iPhone SE in the first half of 2017.
So this opens the discussion: if it’s not a new iPhone SE, then it may be the iPhone 8.
iPhone 8: what to expect?
It’s long been believed that Apple will do something special with its 2017 iPhone, with the iPhone 8 being a special tenth anniversary version. The iPhone 8 is expected to come with new features and something new on the design front. Rumors are rife that the iPhone 8 could feature a curved display, as Apple is looking to include an OLED screen.
A recent report suggested that the new iPhone will not sport a Lightening connector, which has been used to connect the device to the charger and headphone accessories. Instead, the report suggested that the phone would have a USB-C port. However, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested just days later that the phone will still have a Lightning port but might use USB-C for fast charging. There are also rumors that the new iPhone will drop the physical home button, as the company wants to make it all touch.
All these are just speculations, some of which are from trusted sources and some that can be easily overlooked. So one can never really know what Apple is planning until it announces something. Hopefully, we will not have to wait much longer, provided that Apple does hold the rumored March event.