Update 9/11/17: 9to5Mac has gotten an early copy of the final version of iOS 11 and it has revealed all sorts of details about the new iPhone X. Go to the “What’s the latest?” section for all the new details.

Apple is still selling tens of millions of iPhone 7s every month—but all everyone can talk about is what’s coming next. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make this year’s model extra special.

If you passed on the iPhone 7 to wait for the iPhone 8—or the iPhone 7s or whatever name Apple decides to use—it sounds like the next phone could be the design refresh you were waiting for. Just don’t expect the headphone jack to return. We’ll keep track of the latest rumors and how plausible they are, and we’ll put them in one spot (this one!) so you can pop on over whenever you want to read the latest.

What’s the latest?

The rumor: First we had the HomePod firmware leak. Now we have the iOS 11 leak. 9to5Mac has gotten its hands on the final build of the next iPhone’s OS, and it confirmed a lot of the rumors we had heard about iPhone 8. (Actually, make the iPhone X.) And that’s not all we learned. 9to5Mac also uncovered more images of the bezel-less design with the tell-tale notch, Face ID for unlocking, the new navigation bar, and something new, a possible True Tone display. Additionally, there will reportedly be a new feature called Animoji, which will let users create animated emoji based on their specific expressions, as well as new Portrait Lighting modes in the camera app to enhance bokeh images. Got all that?

Plausible? It’s hard to believe that the two biggest iPhone leaks can from Apple itself, but here we are. It would have to be a pretty elaborate subterfuge for the information gleaned from the leaked iOS GM to not be real, but all will be revealed Tuesday.

Well whatta you know, supply will be constrained

The rumor: Apple spent the summer ramping up production of its new iPhones, but “glitches” that occurred will result in short supply and shipping delays. This is according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The WSJ also says that the iPhone manufacturing process is a bit more involved compared to that of a Samsung phone—Samsung is the provider of the OLED screens for the iPhone. The report also says that the initial sales period is expected to start on September 22, ten days after the September 12 event.

Plausible? There have been reports all summer long about shortages with the OLED screen that Apple plans to use. With only one supplier and assembler, delays aren’t surprising. Be prepared to wait an extended period after placing your order.

New UI elements

The rumor: After reading about all the hardware changes allegedly due for the iPhone 8, we had some questions. How will the virtual home button work? How do we access Siri? How do we get to the multitasking carousel? A new report from Bloomberg Technology answers many of them.



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