Apple is still selling the iPhone 8 integrated with the A11 chip, which is a great alternative to the more expensive models. This specific model costs $649 since last fall. Sources for Nikkei in the Taiwanese production chain now claim that Apple plans to release an interim update so that this model can continue to benefit from the latest features in subsequent years.
Apple’s updated iPhone 8 gets the same 4.7-inch screen but gets better specifications. For example, the chip is being upgraded to an A13 chip, the same chip that we see at the 2019 iPhones this fall. Apple would also opt for a model with 128 GB. Currently, the iPhone 8 is only for sale with 64GB and 256GB. This model also retains the single camera lens.
“It is too late for Apple to use Qualcomm’s chips this year, but for 2020 it will purchase modem chips, including 5G modem chips, from the chipmaker for iPhones after finalizing the deal,” a source with direct knowledge of the settlement plan told Nikkei.
As it moved toward a settlement, Apple started testing Qualcomm’s 5G modem chips and asked some of its suppliers to test the chipmaker’s product, Nikkei has learned.”
Pegatron would be responsible for the production of the model. According to the sources, it is about 20 million copies. The model receives a price tag of around $649. That is, therefore, a fraction more expensive than the current version in dollars, which is sold for $599. The model is expected in March 2020. As a result, this improved iPhone 8 shows many similarities with the first iPhone SE, which was also released in March.
Since there is specific mention of a renewed version of the 4.7-inch model, it is unlikely that the iPhone 8 Plus will be renewed. Whether the model will be given another name or whether Apple will retain this name is still unclear.