In case you’ve been in hiding over the last 24 hours, Apple has confirmed it will host an event on 12 September where the world will almost certainly see the new iPhone 8 as well as a two other new handsets and a bevy of other tech goodies.
Despite a fairly strong idea of what will be announced that hasn’t stopped iPhone fans from participating in the usual hysteria of attempting to decode what hidden messages were in Apple’s invitation sent out to key members of the media.
The invitation which surfaced on 31 August was quickly shared on social media showing a large Apple logo and the line “Let’s meet at our place” underneath – a reference to the fact this will be the first event held at the Steve Jobs Theatre inside the newly-built Apple Park HQ in Cupertino.
Made in the USA?
Smartphone sleuths quickly began analysing the invitation, particularly the multi-coloured red, white and blue Apple logo and soon theories started to swirl that the patriotic hues could mean the iPhone 8 would be manufactured in the USA.
This would fit with President’s Trump’s much-voiced desire to bring Apple manufacturing back from overseas to the United States. Also, with Apple revealing in May it will invest $1 billion in US manufacturing and are building three “big, big, big” factories in the country, the theory makes sense.
Other chromatic conspiracies include observation of the use of a copper colour, which fans believe indicate the much rumoured new shade coming to the handset. While another overly analytical Apple fan has picked out colours in the invite to indicate the iPhone 8 will feature an OLED display.
But hang, on. Those who took a closer look might have spotted something even more significant. The somewhat blurry blend of colours reveal distinct shapes, which fan theorists believe reveals three phones all overlapping each other. If this is the case, it would line-up with the rumours that Apple will indeed reveal an iPhone 8 alongside updates to the iPhone 7 range in the form of the 7S.