It is widely rumoured that CEO Tim Cook will announce three new phones: the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are expected to be modest updates to the current 7 and 7 Plus, retaining the same form factor while adding faster processors.

Much excitement is centred around the iPhone X – expected to be the most substantial redesign to the phone in its 10-year history.

It will reportedly feature all all-glass design, with an expansive edge-to-edge OLED display dominating the front.

The home button will disappear, replaced by multi-touch gestures and a FaceID facial recognition scanner used to unlock and to authorise ApplePay payments.

The 3D scanner will also be used to create Animojis – moving, expressive emojis.

For the first time wireless charging will reportedly be built into the iPhone, allowing users to power up their devices by simply placing them on a charging mat.

iPhone 8 concept mock up

iPhone 8: Apple is expected to announce the iPhone X, a radical new redesign of the iPhone

Like the iPhone 7 Plus, the new models are said to include dual cameras, stacked vertically instead of horizontally.

Tipster Evan Blass has claimed that pre-orders for the new phone will open on Friday, September 15.

The new iPhones will then arrive in stores a week later on Friday, September 22.

iPhone 7

How much will the new iPhone 8 cost?

Apple’s pricing structure remained roughly the same from 2010, when an 8GB iPhone 4 cost £499, to 2015, when the cheapest iPhone 6S was priced at £539.

With the launch of the iPhone 7, the price of an entry-level model jumped to £599, with the top-end version costing £100 more than its predecessor at £919.

The change was widely blamed on Brexit and the falling pound, and only affected British stores bringing sterling prices numerically in line with the dollar equivalent.

Over the past year the pound has risen on the dollar, meaning that Apple will hopefully keep prices at the same level – if not lower.

The premium iPhone X will be positioned at the top of the line-up, with analysts predicting that the cheapest 64GB model will sell for $999 (£756) in the US, rising to $1099 (£832) for a 256GB version and $1199 (£907) for a model with a massive 512GB.

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