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Biggest iPhone 8 leak yet offers several surprising new details

Published Apr 7th, 2017 9:39AM EDT
iPhone 8 Rumors Design Schematics
Image: Gabor Balogh

Apple’s iPhone 8 is going to bring the massive redesign that fans have been asking for ever since the iPhone 6s came out. The handset is tipped to feature an all-glass front similar to the Galaxy S8. The home button will be gone, but the fingerprint sensor should be embedded in the new OLED screen. The front-facing camera is getting an advanced 3D depth-sensing feature, and the rear camera will have two lenses like the iPhone 7 Plus. Now, a new report from a source with a solid track record may be the most extensive iPhone 8 leak so far.

Obtained from Asia and posted initially on Weibo by a leaker that goes by the name KK, new drawings of the iPhone 8 may offer some interesting details about the phone’s design, assuming they’re based on Apple’s actual plans. The drawings are said to have been made by a Foxconn worker who has seen Apple’s plans for the phone.

Image source: Weibo

There’s no home button on the front side, and there’s no standalone fingerprint sensor anywhere on the back. This seems to imply the Touch ID sensor will be embedded in the screen, as has been rumored several times in the past, since the feature is critical to various iPhone features.

On the front, there appears to be a dual camera setup, but one of those large openings will probably house the 3D sensor. These sensors would not be visible to the user. In fact, the report notes that there won’t be any openings on the front side, suggesting that Apple may place all the front-facing sensors behind the screen. We already know that Apple has patents on this type of technology.

Image source: Weibo

Another interesting design element sits on the back, a dual camera that’s positioned vertically rather than horizontally, like it is on the iPhone 7 Plus. An unconfirmed rumor made reference to this design possibility for the iPhone 8 a short while ago, but many Apple fans hoped it was false because it’s definitely an eyesore.

The Weibo post mentions that the iPhone 8’s camera experience will be one of the highlights of the phone, complete with augmented reality features and 3D support.

Other notable features concern the antennas, which appear in the four corners of the phone, but they don’t seem to be as annoying as the antenna lines we’ve grown to hate. In fact, it appears the phone’s antennas are similar to the iPhone 4 and 4S’s antenna setup since the phone will feature a glass back like those old models. The curvature of the iPhone 8’s metal frame is supposedly going to be similar to the Apple Watch, the leaker says.

Image source: Weibo

All the other physical buttons seem to be in place, but the power button is elongated for some reason. The SIM tray is also still in the picture, and there’s a Lightning port on the bottom with no 3.5mm audio jack to accompany it.


Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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