Photos of a potential iPhone 8 dummy model have been leaked online and they confirm several features that analysts have been speculating about, including a curved glass front and back.
The photos — leaked by Benjamin Geskin on Twitter, who claims to have a source with connections to Apple supplier Foxconn — suggest that a big update to the iPhone 7 could be on the way. However, it’s worth stressing that there’s no way of knowing for certain whether the images of Apple’s new flagship phone are legitimate.
They show multiple iPhone devices with an edge-to-edge glass screen and no obviously identifiable home button. They also appear to have a polished stainless steel chassis that makes it look similar in some respects to the original iPhone, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.
Several of the photos show a device with a dual-camera system on the back that sits in its own designated rectangle. There are separate volume buttons and a mute switch on the left side of the phone, as well as a power button and a tray for the sim card on the right, just like on the current iPhone models. One noticeable difference is that the power switch appears to be slightly longer.
The lack of Touch ID hardware on the front or the back of the dummy model suggests that Apple might be considering integrating its Touch ID sensor underneath the display itself, according to Apple website 9to5mac.
Most of the photos show an iPhone with no Apple logo. However, it’s possible that this is a deliberate move by Apple and its suppliers to keep the dummy iPhone devices a secret and it doesn’t necessarily mean that the new iPhone 8 will not feature an Apple logo.
Geskin also published what he claims is a leaked schematic diagram showing what components will sit underneath the screen of the iPhone 8. Components include a new a noise-reduction microphone in the area dedicated to the dual-camera.
Apple refuses to comment on iPhone rumours such as this one.
Here’s the latest update on what to expect from Apple’s redesigned iPhone, which is expected to launch this autumn, via my colleague Kif Leswing:
- One new model could have a screen that covers almost the entire front of the device. The iPhone’s screen, using OLED technology for the first time, could be as large as the screen on the iPhone 7 Plus but would fit into an iPhone 7-sized phone.
- The double-lens camera on the upcoming redesigned iPhone could be oriented vertically instead of horizontally, as on the iPhone 7 Plus. The front-facing camera might also gain a second lens.
- Apple plans to use faster chips using a “10-nanometre process” that improves efficiency over the “16-nanometre process” Apple currently uses for its processors.
- The latest prototype of the redesigned iPhone 8 uses slightly curved glass on the front and back and is “similar conceptually” to the iPhone 4.
- Two other new models could use the same screen technology and sizes as the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
iPhone 8 Dummy (This is CNC model according to Foxconn)