iPhone 8 release date, news and rumors

There are quite a few iPhone 8 rumors already, but rumors is all they are for now, and there are certain things that we'd like to become fact. From a brand new look to new charging technologies, this is what we want to see.

1. A brand new design

The last three generations of the iPhone have all had a similar look, so it's high time Apple changed things up.

Rumors point to a glass back and a curved screen on the iPhone 8, which would certainly make for a big change, but whether that or something else we want something new, so we can get excited about the look of the phone and not just the features.

2. A dual-lens camera

The iPhone 7 Plus already has a dual-lens camera and the iPhone 8 Plus is likely to as well, but early rumors suggest the standard iPhone 8 might stick with a single-lens snapper.

iPhone 7 Plus

We hope that's not true, as the dual-lens camera Apple's using is one of the most exciting aspects of the iPhone 7 Plus. It's also a feature that a number of other phones, like the LG G5 and Huawei P9, have, so hopefully the iPhone 8 won't get left behind.

3. Fast and wireless charging

Fast charging is now a common feature on Android phones, and an extremely useful one at that, yet the iPhone 7 doesn't have it, so the iPhone 8 really needs to.

Wireless charging isn't quite as essential, but is another fairly common feature outside Apple land, and given that there's no longer a headphone port in Apple's phones you need an adapter if you want to charge and plug a pair in at the same time, but if you could charge wirelessly that would be less of a factor.

4. A big battery boost

Apple improved battery life for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but they still lag behind the longest-lasting handsets around and battery life is a vital aspect of smartphones for many users, so we'd like to see more improvements here for the iPhone 8, even if it means making the phone thicker.

5. Real innovation

There's the sense that Apple has been playing it safe for the last couple of years, simply refining the iPhone 6 rather than doing much that's really new.

Arguably the only massive change the company has made is ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack and the jury is still out over whether that's even a good thing, so we want some major, positive innovation for the iPhone 8.

There's a good chance we'll get that too, as the iPhone 8 is going to be marking the phone's tenth anniversary, so there's every chance Apple will go all out.