Apple iPhone 8 – Leaked photos, concept images, and renders Sun, January 1, 2017
iPhone 8 is shaping up to be one of the most impressive Apple smartphones to date, with glass panels on the front and rear of the device, a curved borderless OLED display and no Home Button
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Apple iPhone 8 will debut a brand-new all-glass look, with a curved OLED display and no physical Home Button
Design schematics for the Apple iPhone 8 have been published online by prominent tipster Sonny Dickson.
And the latest leaks appear to confirm our worst suspicions about the next-generation iPhone, which will mark the 10th anniversary of the best-selling iPhone range.
If these technical drawings are accurate, the next iPhone will copy the Samsung Galaxy S8's most egregious design flaw.
The schematics appear to confirm a number of rumoured features, including the vertically stacked dual camera, which will reportedly enable some AR (Augmented Reality) functionality.
Aesthetically, the next iPhone appears to be a return to a sharper, more angular design.
It appears the rear case will be machined from a single piece of aluminium, which will likely have more in common with the look of the iPhone SE than the more rounded iPhone 7.
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The new leak appears to confirm that Apple will relocate Touch ID to the rear of the phone
Unsurprisingly, the design schematic does not include a 3.5mm headphone port for the new phone.
However the dimensions listed for this next-generation iPhone are half a centimetre wider and a centimetre taller than the iPhone 7.
Apple will reportedly fill almost all of this surface area with an enormous edge-to-edge display.
As a result, the OLED display will be much taller than those included with the iPhone 7.
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Part of this new aspect-ratio will be reserved for a row of virtual on-screen buttons that adapt to whatever is happening on-screen, similar to the Touch Bar on the latest MacBook Pro laptops. This separate Function Area, housed beneath the main display, will replace the physical Home Button.
The Function Area touchscreen will intelligently surface menu items, auto-correct suggestions, app shortcuts, and more, at your fingertips.
This widely-rumoured Function Area touchscreen was also expected to house a Touch ID fingerprint scanner beneath the glass display.
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Concept artists reveal the new Function Area at the bottom of the five-inch touchscreen
However, there are numerous reports that the yield rates of this new Touch ID technology is frustratingly low – and are triggering a bottleneck in iPhone production.
Apple is rumoured to relocate the Touch ID as a compromise to meet its September release date deadline.
There are also a number of disadvantages to relocating the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the rear of the iPhone
Unfortunately, that means relegating the Touch ID to the rear of the device.
And if these new design schematics are anything to go by, that's not a great look for the new iPhone.
There are also a number of disadvantages to moving the fingerprint sensor to the back of the phone – not least, the fact that you cannot unlock the phone with your fingerprint when it's resting on a desk or table without picking it up.
Also, since the fingerprint scanner is out of your line of sight, you can find yourself blindly fumbling, which can lose time – especially when you're trying to authorise a contactless payment.
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@SonnyDickson Uh oh. Not what we're all expecting from Apple.
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Fortunately, there is hope.
Despite sending schematics for an iPhone with a rear-mounted Touch ID sensor to Foxconn, the design may not be the finalised.
Apple might still be planning to make the no-holds-barred smartphone long-rumoured to mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone range.
As shown in a previous schematic leaked on social network Weibo, this technical drawing is supposedly an image of the Apple iPhone 8’s Engineering Validation Test third revision.
Images shared on Weibo purportedly show the technical drawings of the next iPhone
Engineering Validation Test, or EVT, is an early stage in Apple's product development cycle.
The iPhone must still pass a Design Validation Test and Production Validation Test stage before being finalised ready for the September release date.
According to an anonymous source speaking to iDropNews, this iPhone may never see the light of day.
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The technology blog reports: “[The] informant divulged there are two iPhone 8 prototypes currently being tested. The first model features Touch ID on the rear, however the second model does in fact feature Touch ID underneath the display.
“There are a few major differences between the two prototypes listed below. Based on the following information, we’re hoping this version becomes the official design for the iPhone 8, and the source is confident that it will be.”
According to the report, the iPhone 8 will feature razor-thin 4mm bezels surrounding the OLED display.
Additionally, the source believe the 10th anniversary iPhone will feature an almost-invisible front-facing camera embedded beneath the glass display, along with a larger power button.
iDropNews has published a handful of eye-catching renders based on the latest information about the iPhone 8 design.