The latest interesting rumor regarding the iPhone 8 suggests that the next generation Apple smartphone may have a mirror-like quality. A major Apple leaker has suggested that a source embedded within the company’s supply chain has provided information on this feature, which will give the iPhone 8 a glacial appearance.

iPhone 8 Mirror-Like Body
Image source: Benjamin Geskin/Twitter

Geskin leaks iPhone 8 mirror-like color option

Benjamin Geskin, a Latvian considered one of the most respected Apple leakers on the planet, suggested that the 2017 iPhone 8 will feature four color schemes. And the approach set to create the most buzz must be the iPhone 8 mirror-like design. Geskin tweeted a picture of an older iPhone unit with a reflective case in order to give some impression of how the final iPhone 8 model may appear.

This new suggestion regarding the iPhone 8 mirror-like design is certainly a departure from previous color-related rumors. One previous suggestion was that Apple would release an iPhone 8 unit with six color schemes, among them red, gold and grey. Other reports have instead suggested that Apple would slim down the number of color schemes available for the iPhone 8, and one extreme suggestion is that the iPhone 8 will only be available in black, in order to transmit a professional appearance.

Apple ethos

So the iPhone 8 mirror-like design is certainly an interesting suggestion, but it sounds like the sort of unique parameter that would appeal to the Californian corporation. Apple has always been associated with outstanding aesthetics and design, and this reflective quality may continue its attempts to think outside the box with its devices.

It will be interesting to see how the iPhone 8 mirror-like design works in sunny conditions, as it does sound as if people in close proximity to an iPhone 8 owner could potentially be blinded! But no doubt Apple will have thought of everything in delivering this design, in order to ensure that its reputation for outstanding build quality is retained.

The idea of a mirror-like design for a mobile phone is certainly not new. Widely available accessories for both the iPhone range and Samsung Galaxy products have particularly floated this concept, and perhaps Apple has been inspired by these third-party products to some extent. Based on this news, it does seem as if Apple purchasers will not have to buy such a reflective case in order to experience this effect in the future.

There is undoubtedly pressure on Apple to deliver something particularly special with the iPhone 8 this year, as the device will mark the tenth anniversary of the iPhone concept. The phone will also be up against the Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung. This has led many to speculate that the iPhone 8 will feature a variety of outstanding functionality. Indeed, the legendary KGI Securities predictor Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that the next generation handset from Apple will be based around “the highest screen-to-body ratio of any phone on the market”.

Smartphone designs with dominant displays are becoming increasingly popular, and this suggestion related to the iPhone 8 certainly fits into this trend.

Major changes

Aside from the iPhone 8 mirror-like quality, Kuo believes that Apple will make further major changes to the smartphone. One of his most striking predictions is the idea that Apple will scrap fingerprint recognition. There are several reasons for this decision according to the respected analyst.

“We predict the OLED model won’t support fingerprint recognition, reasons being: the full-screen design doesn’t work with existing capacitive fingerprint recognition, and the scan-through ability of the under-display fingerprint solution still has technical challenges,” Kuo indicated

Yet despite the fact that there has been considerable debate over the release date of the iPhone 8, Kuo does not believe that the new features will necessitate a serious delay of the smartphone; indeed, reversing previous predictions.

“As the new OLED iPhone won’t support under-display fingerprint recognition, we now do not expect production ramp-up will be delayed again (we previously projected the ramp-up would be postponed to late October or later),” Kuo noted.

With Apple ready to deliver the sort of wraparound display that other smartphone manufacturers have made common features of their devices, a resolution hike could also be in order. It is widely anticipated that the iPhone 8 will be the first ever quad HD from Apple, and many fans of the smartphone niche may reflect that this is not a moment too soon. Indeed, if the OLED iPhone 8 fails to deliver this level of resolution, this will certainly be a disappointment considering the state of the market.

Augmented reality

Another major aspect of the iPhone 8 that is being increasingly strongly predicted is the inclusion of augmented reality technology, which will deliver both gaming and security functionality. With this in mind, Kuo believes that the handset will have 3D sensing in order to deliver more accurate augmented reality software, while this will also help improve the quality of selfies.

And other reports have suggested that Apple may completely abandon the Touch ID fingerprint recognition system in order to rely on facial recognition from hereon in. This sounds like an extreme suggestion, but it is also a rumor that is gathering momentum.

$1,200 price tag

While the release date of the iPhone 8 has certainly been a bone of contention in the Apple-following community, the price tag of the device is also proving contentious. It had been widely predicted that the iPhone 8 would sell in excess of $1,000 in 2017, yet other more recent reports suggested that major carriers would offer discounts to seriously reduce this figure.

But a new report asserts that the next generation Apple handset may even retail at a price point in excess of $1,200. This is according to the notable Apple analyst and developer John Gruber, who believes that the base model of the iPhone 8 will retail at $1,200. While this is not concrete information, it is important to note that Gruber’s podcast regularly features Apple executives.

Regardless of the accuracy of this, the iPhone 8 mirror-like quality and other new features will certainly have people waiting with baited breath for the official unveiling of this device.