The iPhone 8 is arguably the most awaited smartphone of 2017. Supply chain leaks, analyst reports, and rumors have already been building excitement for the device. The iPhone 8 is said to have an entirely new design with edge-to-edge OLED display. Now a concept designer has imagined what the futuristic smartphone would look like if the rumors were true.
iPhone 8 may still have bezels at the top and bottom
Latvian concept designer Veniamin Geskin has created an iPhone 8 concept based on recent rumors. Japanese publication Nikkei said recently that Apple could launch the iPhone 8 in three different sizes, including a 5-inch model. The Cupertino company is said to embed the home function, fingerprint scanner, ear speaker, and other sensors in the display itself. Apple has already patented the technology to embed various sensors in the display.
— Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin) October 31, 2016
Geskin’s mock up indeed looks stunning. The handset covers the entire front of the screen. However, it seems too ambitious for a device that is less than a year away. Though Apple has patented several technologies that could make such a design possible, there are many other factors such as the supply chain, yield rate that could make it difficult to cover the entire front panel with the display. The iPhone 8 may still have some space above and below the screen.
Geskin seems to have realized that the iPhone 8 could have bezels at the top and bottom, and designed another set of mockups that look more realistic. The 5-inch model could attract users who don’t want a 5.5-inch phablet, but still want an iPhone with big enough display.
iPhone 8 to feature wireless charging
The iPhone 8 is rumored to come with long-distance wireless charging technology. Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn has been manufacturing and testing wireless charging modules for the iPhone 8. The modules are said to be included in the smartphone itself. However, Foxconn is facing yield rate issues, and the technology will be added to the 2017 iPhone only if it can improve the yield rate in time.
Apple has reportedly been working with Energous on wireless charging. Energous’ WattUp technology allows you to charge smartphones from a distance of up to 15 feet. In contrast, most wireless charging technologies available today require users to place the device on a charging mat. The Cupertino company has hired several engineers from uBeam, a wireless charging firm.
Just a few days ago, Apple was granted patent for a futuristic foldable display technology, but it’s too early to say whether the feature will debut with the iPhone 8. It involves the use of carbon nanotubes to make the device fold down the middle.