Yet another purported photo of the enigmatic iPhone 8 has leaked, giving us an alleged early look at Apple's forthcoming flagship.
Despite the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus last year, it's clear the world is in dire need of an iPhone refresh — not just another iPhone 7 and 7 Plus successor, to be clear, but a true successor to the iPhone line: an iPhone so different from past iterations it'll make consumers want to upgrade immediately.
Such is the promise of iPhone 8 rumors circulating around, suggesting that the yet-to-be-announced flagship will feature the most radical iPhone design yet. Exactly what will make it radical remains to be seen, but you can now at least turn to pictures obtained by BGR to get a look of the iPhone 8's alleged design.
Alleged iPhone 8 Design Rumors
Rumor has it that Apple is set to unveil three iPhone models, one of which is the iPhone 8, and the other two being refreshed models of the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. All three models are expected to feature wireless charging — a first for the iPhone. Because of this, all models will reportedly sport glass back panels, since wireless charging technology can't work with aluminum panels.
The iPhone 8 will reportedly feature a stainless steel frame sandwiched between 2.5D glass panels. The resulting design is said to look seamless, like an iPhone almost made of one continuous sheet of glass.
What's more, the iPhone 8 will reportedly sport a curved OLED display that'll feature a near bezel-less look — both of which are also firsts for the iPhone line. Other rumors, however, suggest the screen will be flat.
The bezel-less configuration will reportedly be achieved through removing the iPhone's home button — yet another first if it indeed ends up being true.
iPhone 8 Final Design: What We Know
So here's the alleged photo of the iPhone 8 that's been floating around. It is believed to be Apple's final design. The product itself, however, is a mockup, but one made based on actual finalized schematics leaked from factories, no less.
As you can see, the mockup neither includes a home button nor a fingerprint scanner on the back, which seems to suggest that Apple is indeed debuting cutting-edge technology that puts the sensor underneath the display. This notion, however, contradicts with past reports that the technology to enable this setup simply isn't there yet.
Also on the back is a significant camera bump housing the dual cameras, positioned vertically.
The iPhone 8 in the photo parallels recent rumors, including the 2.5D glass panels on the front and back of the phone, which slightly curve at the edges. A steel frame sits between the panels, which seemingly makes the device feel seamless when held.
Unfortunately, this mockup seems to suggest that like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the iPhone 8 won't feature a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
iPhone 8 Unveiling
Apple is expected to officially unveil the iPhone 8 in the fall. These rumors, while tempting, should not be immediately regarded as true. Take it however you will, but always with a grain of salt. In fact, even the name "iPhone 8" isn't certain. Some people suggest it could be called the "iPhone X," owing to the fact that this is Apple's 10th-anniversary iPhone; or the "iPhone Edition."
That said, if you have thoughts about this iPhone 8 mockup, feel free to sound off in the comments section below!