iPhone 8 will include a dual camera set-up and an edge-to-edge display, reports suggest
Apple is reportedly facing delays with the iPhone 8, which should be launched worldwide in September 2017.
The Cupertino-based company is believed to be having issues with low yield-rates for the new display.
Apple wants to eliminate the hefty bezels that surround the screen on the current generation of iPhone, dropping the physical Home Button so that the display can extend to the very edge of the chassis.
This will allow Apple to reduce the physical footprint of the device, despite an increase in the screen size.
The iPhone manufacturer was reportedly hoping to embed the Touch ID fingerprint scanner technology, traditionally baked into the Home Button, beneath the glass display.
But the yield rates for this new Touch ID technology are unsustainably low – triggering a bottleneck in iPhone production, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri claimed earlier this week.
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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
As a result of this bottleneck, leaked schematics from manufacturing plant Foxconn appeared to show Apple moving to a simpler design.
The technical drawings of the iPhone 8, which were shared across social media website Weibo, showed Apple relocating the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the rear of the phone.
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.
And 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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Images shared on Weibo purportedly show the technical drawings of the next iPhone
But 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 the table with the leaked Weibo image, this technical drawing is supposedly an image of the Apple iPhone 8’s Engineering Validation Test third revision.
Engineering Validation Test, or EVT, is an early stage in Apple's product development cycle.
The next iPhone will reportedly feature razor-thin 4mm bezels surrounding the OLED display
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.
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.
Leaked schematics show the rear camera set-up rotated 90-degrees
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.
Apple iPhone 8 will reportedly feature a new five-inch display size, wireless charging and dual camera set-up.
That display size refers to the primary touchscreen area, which will be around 5.15 inches, according to the latest whispers from Cupertino.
Meanwhile, the rest of the touchscreen – which will reportedly bleed to the very edges of the phone – will be reserved for a row of virtual on-screen buttons.
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Concept artists reveal the new Function Area at the bottom of the five-inch touchscreen
This separate Function Area, housed beneath the main display, will replace the physical Home Button and include the Touch ID fingerprint scanner embedded beneath the glass display.
The Function Area touchscreen will intelligently adapt to whatever is happening on screen, bringing menu items and shortcuts to your fingertips, similar to the Touch Bar included on the latest MacBook Pro models.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the overall footprint of the smartphone will be similar to that of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 – which all have a 4.7-inch LED display.
Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive is reportedly designing the phone so that it resembles "a single sheet of glass".
The news comes as reports that the iPhone 8 would cost more than $1,000 were dismissed by another prominent analyst.
"Apple is about mainstream luxury, so a $1,000 phone seems less likely," the note from analyst firm UBS explained.