Leaks and rumors about Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone are showing no signs of slowing down. On Monday, a set of leaked images posted on Chinese site Weibo showed the parts required to make the iPhone 8’s metal frame. Now a Reddit user has shared images showing the iPhone 8 design. The photos also suggest that the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus would feature wireless charging.
Is this the final iPhone 8 design?
Reddit user kamikasky said in a thread that they obtained pictures from “a friend in the industry.” The pictures reportedly come from an accessories manufacturer who received them from a Chinese glass supplier. The iPhone 8 design in these images corroborates with previous rumors and a recent concept created by iDropNews. All three phones are expected to arrive in September, though the iPhone 8 could face supply shortages at launch.
The first picture shows the front and back panel of the anniversary iPhone. The front panel has incredibly thin bezels on all sides. There is a small black bar near the top that will house the front-facing camera, earpiece, laser sensor, and infrared sensors that would offer support for iris scanner and facial recognition. There have been contradictory reports about how the selfie camera and sensors will be integrated into the front panel.
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Some reports claim the front-facing camera would be placed under the display glass. Others indicate that the iPhone 8 would have a cutout near the top to house the selfie camera, ear speaker, and sensors. The latest leak also points to a cutout on the front panel for these components. As iDropNews’ concept highlights, the screen on either side of the cutout could be utilized to display icons for battery, signal strength, time, WiFi, etc.
No sign of fingerprint sensor on the rear glass panel
The rear panel includes a cutout for the vertical dual camera system. The camera component can be seen placed next to the rear panel. The dual camera system has the LED flash placed between the two cameras. According to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the cameras are arranged vertically to facilitate augmented reality applications. Apple introduced the ARKit at WWDC last week to let developers build AR experiences on iOS 11. Apple will likely introduce augmented reality with the iPhone 8.