Three days are remaining in this year’s WWDC, and the pulse of rumor mill is running high. Since yesterday even more leaks have started to come out about iPhone 8, the gadget that’ll be the cynosure of entire WWDC keynote address. The latest leaks have given us enough idea about the device that now we can guess to some extent what the next iPhone will look like. So let’s take a look on it:

A Bigger 5.8-inch Display With Slim Bezels.

Benjamin Geskin, who is well known in the circles of rumor mill, recently tweeted an image showing schematics of iPhone 8. The photo shows what iPhone 8’s display may look like from a size and shape perspective. It suggests that we may see a 5.66-inch display with rounded edges, which upon accurate measurement will come down to nearly 5.8 inches. This is in-line with other leaks as well, which had previously suggested that iPhone 8 may come with a 5.8 inch display.

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Besides that another major thing that becomes clear from the image is that the bezels of this device will be very slim. So slim that it can come close to the so called edge-to-edge displays. It may not be perfectly edge-to-edge, but pretty close to that.

A Step Forward in Everything – Including Size.

Another image leaked by the same user on Twitter gives an even more accurate idea of how large and thick the next iPhone(s) will be. The image shows iPhone 8 stacked in the middle of iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 Plus.

iPhone 8 size comparison

As you can see in the image, it’s a bit larger and thicker than its predecessor. The impact of this change on the weight of device remains to be seen.

And This One is Disappointing – Touch ID Sensor on Back!

TouchID sensor on back

While this is extremely unlikely to happen, some images that appeared on iPhoneros suggest that Apple has, for some bizarre reason, slapped the TouchID sensor on the back of iPhone 8. This rumor had come to light sometime before as well, but then it went away as news came that sensor will be hidden in the screen instead (which sounds like a very cool thing). But now these images have come out to support that rumor again… and we wish that this particular rumor turns out to be fake. No Apple fan wants a TouchID scanner on back – literally none! It’ll be a step backwards, and we’re sure that Apple also knows that.

So, A Bigger and Thicker iPhone is In the Making.

If these rumors turn out to be true, iPhone 8 will be a bit bigger, thicker and more cool than ever, especially if TouchID sensor is hidden under the display. Same can be said regarding iPhone 8 as well. But for now let’s do just one thing – pray that Apple doesn’t engineer a TouchID sensor in the back of this otherwise awesome device.

For more details keep checking out HiTechWiki, because we’ll be bringing you every update about this device. By Ashish Bhatnagar

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We already know the iPhone will change significantly in 2017, but now a new report has shed light on another radical alteration - and it comes from one of Apple AAPL -0.59%’s largest manufacturing partners…

In short: the iPhone 8 will not look like any previous iPhone because it will not be the same shape as any previous iPhone.

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As we edge closer to the expected introduction of the iPhone 8, two big and interrelated questions have come to the fore.

First, has Apple figured out how to embed its Touch ID fingerprint scanner into the phone's display? And second, can the company (and its suppliers) implement this new technology in time to deliver the 10th anniversary edition model on schedule in early September?

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Opposing viewpoints are driving a blitz of rumors on this topic. In the optimist camp, there is Chinese site Economic Daily News (whose reports are often publicized by DigiTimes). EDN says Apple and its suppliers have resolved any potential Touch ID issues and are right where they want to be -- preparing to ramp up production in June, with every intention of delivering millions of new iPhones in early September. (Since the debut of the iPhone 5 in 2012, Apple has delivered all major introductions of its flagship product in September.)

And in the other, more crowded, corner -- the naysayers. These include veteran Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a handful of analyst firms, and the blog Mac Otakara, all of whom are reporting variations on one theme: Apple has been working to integrate this technology into the next iPhone; the process been more difficult than was anticipated; and, as a result, the usual September rollout is in doubt.

The theories about Apple's potential contingency plans, including a delayed or phased release, are detailed below. For now, there's one thing we feel very confident about: the iPhone updates made in March were not the main event for 2017. All the signs point to a major redesign coming later this year. And as we move ever closer to the introduction of the iPhone 8, we'll be assembling the most significant rumors below.

Specs we might see on the iPhone 8

  • Three new models including two incremental "S" upgrades plus an all-new iPhone 8
  • Home button/Touch ID embedded in display or located on back
  • New Touch ID featuring face or iris scanning
  • Curved, edge-to-edge OLED display with True Tone technology, possibly with Ion-X glass
  • Facial recognition via LG's new 3D sensor technology
  • AirPods come included
  • Wireless charging
  • Dual-lens camera, possibly in a vertical configuration and/or with AR capabilities
  • Support for the Apple Pencil
  • USB-C replacing Apple's Lightning connector
  • Enhanced water resistance
  • Higher quality earpiece for louder, clearer audio
  • Apple's next-generation processor (the A10X or A11)
  • Stainless steel and glass body
  • Upgraded storage starting at 64GB and 3GB of RAM
  • Intel or Qualcomm modem
  • Priced between $850 and $1,099

The iPhone... when?

We've grown accustomed to seeing a new iPhone every fall. But an expanding chorus of sources is casting doubt on Apple's ability to deliver this September. In recent weeks, there has been a steady stream of reports about manufacturing issues in Apple's supply chain related to the "significant hardware upgrades" the company has planned for the iPhone 8.

These rumors are driving multiple theories. Some of the scenarios in play include a October or November launch, an announcement in September followed by "severe shortages" of product, and deliveries delayed until later in the fall. There's also a credible story circulating that Apple will make a phased rollout -- that is, a launch of the "S" series editions of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in September, with the big iPhone 8 debut coming a month or two later.

It's worth restating that that there are also reports that suggest that Apple is right on schedule. And, of course, officially, we have no idea when Apple will drop the iPhone 8. Could the company shock us with an introduction at its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference in a few weeks? Unlikely -- though it sounds like we could see new MacBooks and MacBook Pros and even a new iPad there.

The iPhone... what?

For now, we're calling it the iPhone 8, though we don't know officially what the company will call it. As seen most recently with the new iPad -- with the iPad Air 2 succeeded by the iPad -- Apple may take a freewheeling approach to nomenclature.

It does seem likely that the company will offer up an iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus -- updated versions of the current models -- as less expensive alternatives to the next generation flagship. For the 10th anniversary model itself, however, anything is possible. The iPhone 8 is the conservative bet but we've seen rumors about an iPhone 10; an iPhone X; and the offbeat iPhone Edition, seemingly inspired by the premium Apple Watch Edition.

Lots of potential changes to the display

After months of debate and conflicting reports, there appears to be one area of consensus: at least one new iPhone model will have an OLED display. (The iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, according to the rumors, are more likely to stick with current LCD technology.)

The Wall Street Journal and Nikkei Asian Review are predicting that Apple will give the iPhone 8 a curved OLED panel manufactured by Samsung. Purported documentation published by /LEAKS appears to suggest that the display could be made of Ion-X glass, like the Apple Watch.

And it's this new display technology -- new for Apple, Samsung has been using it for years -- that could be one of the major factors potentially pushing back the release of the iPhone. Bloomberg (and others) have published reports that Apple is testing a version of the iPhone 8 that features a screen that "covers almost the entire front of the device." Which leads one to wonder...

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What's up with the home button?

The nature and location of the iPhone 8's home button and optical fingerprint scanner is a hot topic. The latest buzz is that Apple could move it to the back of the phone, as shown in alleged render images leaked on Chinese site Weibo (via /LEAKS) and on Twitter by Apple leaker Sonny Dickson. Analyst firm CLSA has also gotten in on the action, suggesting that there is a "high chance" that Apple will locate the scanner on the back of the iPhone, according to its supply chain sources.

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It's also possible that Apple could ditch the home button altogether, following in the footsteps of Samsung with its Galaxy S8. But the most interesting scenario is that Apple has figured out some way to embed or integrate it directly into the display. Which brings us to...

Touch ID 2.0

Today, Apple's Touch ID authentication protocol uses a fingerprint reader embedded in the home button. Over the past few months, there have been multiple reports that Apple has been working to integrate Touch ID into the iPhone 8's new OLED display -- and is running into big problems. According to analysts, the crux of the issue involves embedding a virtual home button and optical fingerprint sensor into the new full-screen OLED panel.

Economic Daily News reports (via MacRumors) that Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company says the company has "finalized a solution." That noted, there are several interesting theories about what Apple might do if this manufacturing process doesn't coalesce.

These range from relocating Touch ID to the back of the phone to eliminating Touch ID to, again, delaying the iPhone 8 launch altogether. But there's also another possibility: that the phone could leverage an entirely new (for Apple) paradigm for authentication that's rumored to be in development.

Benjamin Geskin's render of the iPhone 8

A render of the iPhone 8 with a pair of front-facing cameras and sensors.Benjamin Geskin

Face ID?

According to a report from The Korea Economic Daily, LG will provide 3D facial recognition technology for the iPhone 8. The article suggests that the new technology could be used for "biometric" identification. So it's plausible that Apple could use this new capability, which would ostensibly use the iPhone 8's new front lens array, to replace the fingerprint sensor as the primary interface for user authentication.

New body

The majority of images of cases, renders, and molds that have appeared so far show an iPhone 8 that, size-wise, sits between the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. It's worth noting that the iPhone 8's display, rumored to extend from edge to edge, would likely be more comparable with that of the 7 Plus.

In terms of materials, one of Apple's prototypes features a combination of curved glass and stainless steel, according to Bloomberg. This corroborates earlier rumors (reported by DigiTimes and Nikkei Asian Review) suggesting that the company might replace the traditional aluminum iPhone design with a glass and steel body. Previous rumors about the possibility of a ceramic body seem to have faded out.

Enhanced audio

According to JPMorgan (as reported by MacRumors), Apple may equip the iPhone 8 with an "enhanced receiver," which is housed within the slit on the front of the phone where you put your ear during calls. This upgrade would ostensibly deliver louder, clearer audio as well as superior water-proofing (more on that below).

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Today, the AirPods are a $159 accessory. Could Apple included them for free with the iPhone 8?Apple

AirPods included

JPMorgan has also postulated that the iPhone 8 will come with AirPods included. These Bluetooth-enabled headphones currently sell as a $159 accessory. And so this one is a stretch. But if Apple prices the new phone high enough, there could be margin enough to make it happen. Which brings us to...

Price Point

This remains way up in the air. Sources ranging from Morgan Stanley to Fast Company to, most recently, Goldman Sachs are talking about an iPhone 8 that could cost more than $1,000. A UBS analyst has theorizedthat the 64GB entry-level model would start at $850 -- just like the new Samsung Galaxy S8+ -- and that the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus would cost $649 and $749, respectively.

Gigabit LTE

One area in which the iPhone 8 may end up trailing the Galaxy S8 is cellular network speed. The Samsung phone features Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor or, in some markets, Samsung's own Exynos 8895 chip -- both of which support Gigabit LTE. According to CNET's Roger Cheng, Apple uses Qualcomm and Intel modems -- and, at the moment, the Intel version can't deliver Gigabit LTE speed. This could force Apple to slow down the Qualcomm version to ensure all iPhones are on the same footing.

USB-C vs. Lightning

Countering a Wall Street Journal report that Apple would go with a USB-C port for the iPhone 8, a Barclays analyst (reported by MacRumors) has suggested that Apple will stick with its Lightning connector -- and include a 3.5mm headphone jack adapter -- for the next phone.

Wireless charging

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Reuters reports that there are multiple groups at Apple working on technology for an iPhone that supports wireless charging. And we are seeing more leaked schematic drawings that seem to suggest that wireless charging could be a real thing.

In the past, The Verge has reported that Apple has been staffing up on wireless-charging experts. The Nikkei Asian Review reported that Foxconn, one of Apple's main manufacturing partners, is making wireless charging modules. Though Apple would likely make this feature available on the premium iPhone 8, MacRumors reports that Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested that all new iPhone models -- that would include the "S" series, presumably -- will get it.

Enhanced waterproofing

Apple could walk away from the Lightning port and not add a USB-C connection, of course, which would make the iPhone more resistant to water. On that note, the Korea Herald reports that the next iPhone will have a higher water resistance rating -- IP68 compared with the current generation's IP67, for those keeping score.

Vertical cameras and AR

Nearly every "leaked" image, including the one here published by OnLeaks, shows the iPhone 8 with two cameras in a vertical configuration; this one appears to show an LED flash in the middle. And if the iPhone does come with those LG 3D sensors, they would almost certainly also support augmented reality applications.

More storage

Apple may dump its 32GB model and offer a 64GB and 256GB model, according to TrendForce; the report also suggests that the company will boost the amount of RAM to 3GB. This incremental bump would follow the recent precedent of Apple ditching its dreaded entry-level model (formerly 16GB) when it released the iPhone 7.

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Is True Tone coming to the iPhone?Apple

Mood lighting

And Barclays analysts have predicted that all three forthcoming iPhones -- the 7S, 7S Plus, and iPhone 8 -- will come equipped with Apple's True Tone technology, which adjusts display settings for ambient lighting conditions, and which is currently featured on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. (The next edition of the iPad Pro is also rumored to have a True Tone display.)

Bringing the GPU in house

Apple is developing its own graphics chips to be used in future versions of products including the iPhone. But the timeframe for phasing out its current supplier is 15 to 24 months, so it's unlikely that an Apple-manufactured GPU will make it into the next iPhone. We're probably looking at 2018 or 2019 for this one.

And what about the iPhone 9?

From the outer frontier of the iPhone hype cycle, The Bell (via Korean site The Investor) reports that Apple will supersize the next generation, with the iPhone 9 featuring two variations with an OLED display -- a 5.28-inch model and a 6.46-inch model.

Source: This article was published cnet.com

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Apple’s 2017 iPhone lineup is poised to be the company’s most interesting and ambitious yet. By the time September rolls around, it’s widely believed Apple will release three brand new iPhone models: an iPhone 7s, an iPhone 7s Plus, and last but not least, the highly anticipated iPhone 8.

While the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus will sport the same form factor as the iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 will introduce a completely new design, complete with an advanced edge-to-edge 5.8-inch OLED display that will essentially take up the entire front end of the device. In fact, reports from the rumor mill suggest that the bezels surrounding the iPhone 8 display will only be about 4mm all around, a tidbit seemingly confirmed by our exclusive look at an iPhone 8 dummy model earlier this week.

With June right around the corner and the finalized iPhone 8 design likely locked down at this point, there’s a good chance that the number of leaked iPhone 8 moldings and schematics will rise significantly in the weeks and months ahead of the iPhone 8 release. To this point, Slashleaks today points us to a new series of photos — originally sourced via Weibo — which show us three different iPhone molds corresponding to the three new iPhone models Apple will release later this year.

While the photo above doesn’t shed a whole lot of new light on Apple’s 2017 iPhone lineup, it does suggest that the iPhone 8 may be slightly taller than the iPhone 7s. While previous reports claimed that the iPhone 8 will pack a display the size of an iPhone 7 Plus into the form factor of an iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 may actually be slightly larger if we assume that the molds above were all aligned uniformly.

Another point worth noting is that the camera module on the iPhone 8 is oriented vertically, a design which echoes a number of leaked schematics and designs we’ve seen over the past few months. It’s widely believed that the vertical orientation of the iPhone 8’s camera module has to do with the rumored augmented reality features Apple is planning to show off later this year.

With the iPhone 8 design said to feature one giant piece of glass, it’s widely believed that Apple will incorporate the Touch ID sensor into the display itself. Though some previous leaks have featured a cut-out for a Touch ID sensor on the back, it’s believed that the final iPhone 8 design will be far more elegant and user-friendly.

Now as for when we can expect to see the iPhone 8 finally hit store shelves, the good news is that we won’t have to wait longer than usual. Despite an onslaught of rumors claiming that the iPhone 8 release date might be pushed back by 4-8 weeks, more recent reports from credible sources indicate that the iPhone 8 release, like most other iPhone releases, will go down in September.

Price wise, it’s no surprise that Apple plans to charge a premium for the iPhone 8, with the entry-level 128GB model said to retail for $1000 and the more storage-friendly 256GB model said to retail for $1,099.

Source: This article was published BGR.com By Yoni Heisler

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Apple’s upcoming new iPhone 8 is the most hotly anticipated smartphone since 2014, when news first began to leak that the company would finally release larger iPhones. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus featured the bigger displays users had been clamoring for, and they also sported a sleek new design that Apple fans loved. But now, three years later, Apple’s flagship iPhones still feature a design that is practically identical to the company’s 2014 models. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus pack plenty of power and new features, but smartphone fans have clearly grown tired of Apple’s 2014 iPhone design, and sales are slumping as a result.

The world is long overdue for a fresh new iPhone design, and Apple fans will finally get what they want in 2017 when Apple unveils its completely redesigned iPhone 8. Now, for the first time ever, consumers will get their first look at Apple’s reimagined iPhone 8 design in real life.

This coming September, Apple is expected to unveil three new iPhone models. The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are believed to be modest updates to the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. For the first time, however, Apple is expected to make a significant change to an “S” update’s hardware by making the back of the phones glass instead of aluminum. Both new models are expected to support wireless charging, and present technology is unable to pass current as efficiently through metal as it does through glass.

Apple’s new iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will surely be impressive smartphones, but the device everyone is waiting for is the iPhone 8. According to multiple independent reports, the iPhone 8 will feature a bold new design that sandwiches a stainless steel frame between two 2.5D glass panels. The result will supposedly appear seamless, bringing Apple closer than ever to realizing Jony Ive’s dream of an iPhone made of one continuous sheet of glass.

The face of the iPhone 8 is expected to feature a new OLED display with a screen-to-body ratio even more impressive than the 83% ratio managed by Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. This will reportedly be achieved in part by shifting around the device’s internal components, but also by completely removing the iPhone’s physical home button.

Here is where reports begin to diverge. We know that Apple has been working for years on technology that will allow it to embed a TouchID fingerprint scanner directly into an iPhone’s display, and several reports have said the iPhone 8 will be the first iPhone to feature an embedded fingerprint sensor. But conflicting reports suggest that the required tech isn’t yet mature enough to mass-produce at the scale Apple would require for the iPhone 8, so the company may be forced to move the scanner to the back of the handset, as was the case for Samsung and its Galaxy S8.

Everyone hates the iPhone 8 design that has floated around with a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone, so we can only hope that Apple and its manufacturing partners found a way to make the embedded scanner work. The bad news is we cannot confirm one way or the other at this time. But the good news is Apple’s iPhone 8 design has seemingly been finalized, and we’re giving the world an exclusive first look at the hotly anticipated tenth-anniversary iPhone.

BGR has exclusively obtained photos of an iPhone 8 mockup that is believed to feature Apple’s final design. As has been the case in years past, this mockup is thought to have been built using actual finalized schematics that were leaked from the factories that will build Apple’s next-generation iPhones.

The mockup doesn’t feature any indication of a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone, however not all markings are present on the dummy, so it’s not clear if this is an indication that the phone’s TouchID sensor will be embedded in the display.

These photos show an iPhone 8 design that is largely in line with recent rumors. The phone features 2.5D glass panels on the front and back that curve slightly at their edges. Sandwiched between them is a polished stainless steel midframe that is rounded as well, perfectly continuing the slope of the 2.5D glass. The result is a smooth design that will likely feel seamless in the hand.

On the back of the iPhone 8 mockup, we can see an oversized “camera bump” positioned vertically rather than horizontally, as is the case on the iPhone 7 Plus. This area of the phone’s back is thought to house a new dual-lens camera system, as well as an LED flash and a microphone. Apple’s next-generation camera on the iPhone 8 is expected to feature the same optical zoom capability as the iPhone 7 Plus’ camera, but it may also enable exciting new augmented reality features that Apple will announce this coming September.

And just in case you’re wondering, no, the iPhone 8 will not have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

We have about four months to go before Apple finally takes the wraps off its tenth-anniversary iPhone, and there are still plenty of new details left to leak between now and then. In fact, we still don’t even know what the new handset will be called. While most people currently refer to the phone as the “iPhone 8,” that name has not been confirmed. Other possibilities that have been tossed around include “iPhone X” and “iPhone Edition,” which would align with the high-end Apple Watch Edition.

There is indeed much we still do not know, but the iPhone 8’s design now appears to be finalized. While BGR’s exclusive photos give the world its first look at this sleek new design, we can expect to see more iPhone 8 mockups begin to surface as third-party case makers like Ghostek and Spigen get a jump on building cases for Apple’s new iPhone so they’re ready at launch. As regular readers will recall, Ghostek was the first case maker to reveal Samsung’s Galaxy S8 design when renders of its upcoming cases were leaked earlier this year.

Apple’s iPhone 8 is expected to be unveiled this coming September, though its release may be pushed back to October or November if recent rumors of manufacturing difficulties end up being accurate.

Source: This article was published on bgr.com

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A new report from Israeli tech site The Verifier claims the iPhone 8 will come with a "Smart Connector," similar to the three-pin connector on the iPad Pro, which could be used for interfacing with an AR or VR headset.

The site, which has no previous track record (yet), claimed earlier this year Apple is working on group FaceTime calls for iOS 11

In its new report, the site claims the iPhone 8 might include a Smart Connector for wireless charging (a feature that's widely rumored and expected) and for charging AR and VR headsets. It could also possibly be used to connect to other accessories.

Apple hasn't really done much with the Smart Connector on the iPad Pro. Since its launch last year, the only official Apple accessory that makes use of the connector is Apple's Smart Keyboard

Leaks from last year revealed Apple was toying with the idea of including a Smart Connector on the iPhone 7, but ultimately decided to scrap the idea. It's very possible the iPhone 8 could resurrect the connector.

A MagSafe-like connector for charging an AR or VR headset wouldn't be totally farfetched. If you look at the new Samsung Gear VR, you'll notice it has a USB-C pass-through port for extended power and charging because the headset connects to a Galaxy phones' micro USB or USB-C port. A magnetic charging cable would let users easily attach and detach the charging cable — perhaps not unlike the Apple Watch's MagSafe charger.

The iPhone 8's rumored to be the biggest redesign to the iPhone since its release a decade ago. It's rumored to have a new glass and stainless steel body, an edge-to-edge OLED display, a home button embedded underneath the screen, and the the aforementioned wireless charging. 

Source : mashable.com

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Apple’s upcoming new iPhone 8 is the most hotly anticipated smartphone since 2014, when news first began to leak that the company would finally release larger iPhones. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus featured the bigger displays users had been clamoring for, and they also sported a sleek new design that Apple fans loved. But now, three years later, Apple’s flagship iPhones still feature a design that is practically identical to the company’s 2014 models. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus pack plenty of power and new features, but smartphone fans have clearly grown tired of Apple’s 2014 iPhone design, and sales are slumping as a result.

The world is long overdue for a fresh new iPhone design, and Apple fans will finally get what they want in 2017 when Apple unveils its completely redesigned iPhone 8. Now, for the first time ever, consumers will get their first look at Apple’s reimagined iPhone 8 design in real life.

This coming September, Apple is expected to unveil three new iPhone models. The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are believed to be modest updates to the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. For the first time, however, Apple is expected to make a significant change to an “S” update’s hardware by making the back of the phones glass instead of aluminum. Both new models are expected to support wireless charging, and present technology is unable to pass current as efficiently through metal as it does through glass.

Apple’s new iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will surely be impressive smartphones, but the device everyone is waiting for is the iPhone 8. According to multiple independent reports, the iPhone 8 will feature a bold new design that sandwiches a stainless steel frame between two 2.5D glass panels. The result will supposedly appear seamless, bringing Apple closer than ever to realizing Jony Ive’s dream of an iPhone made of one continuous sheet of glass.

The face of the iPhone 8 is expected to feature a new OLED display with a screen-to-body ratio even more impressive than the 83% ratio managed by Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. This will reportedly be achieved in part by shifting around the device’s internal components, but also by completely removing the iPhone’s physical home button.

Here is where reports begin to diverge. We know that Apple has been working for years on technology that will allow it to embed a TouchID fingerprint scanner directly into an iPhone’s display, and several reports have said the iPhone 8 will be the first iPhone to feature an embedded fingerprint sensor. But conflicting reports suggest that the required tech isn’t yet mature enough to mass-produce at the scale Apple would require for the iPhone 8, so the company may be forced to move the scanner to the back of the handset, as was the case for Samsung and its Galaxy S8.

Everyone hates the iPhone 8 design that has floated around with a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone, so we can only hope that Apple and its manufacturing partners found a way to make the embedded scanner work. The bad news is we cannot confirm one way or the other at this time. But the good news is Apple’s iPhone 8 design has seemingly been finalized, and we’re giving the world an exclusive first look at the hotly anticipated tenth-anniversary iPhone.

BGR has exclusively obtained photos of an iPhone 8 mockup that is believed to feature Apple’s final design. As has been the case in years past, this mockup is thought to have been built using actual finalized schematics that were leaked from the factories that will build Apple’s next-generation iPhones.

The mockup doesn’t feature any indication of a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone, however not all markings are present on the dummy, so it’s not clear if this is an indication that the phone’s TouchID sensor will be embedded in the display.

These photos show an iPhone 8 design that is largely in line with recent rumors. The phone features 2.5D glass panels on the front and back that curve slightly at their edges. Sandwiched between them is a polished stainless steel midframe that is rounded as well, perfectly continuing the slope of the 2.5D glass. The result is a smooth design that will likely feel seamless in the hand.

On the back of the iPhone 8 mockup, we can see an oversized “camera bump” positioned vertically rather than horizontally, as is the case on the iPhone 7 Plus. This area of the phone’s back is thought to house a new dual-lens camera system, as well as an LED flash and a microphone. Apple’s next-generation camera on the iPhone 8 is expected to feature the same optical zoom capability as the iPhone 7 Plus’ camera, but it may also enable exciting new augmented reality features that Apple will announce this coming September.

And just in case you’re wondering, no, the iPhone 8 will not have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

We have about four months to go before Apple finally takes the wraps off its tenth-anniversary iPhone, and there are still plenty of new details left to leak between now and then. In fact, we still don’t even know what the new handset will be called. While most people currently refer to the phone as the “iPhone 8,” that name has not been confirmed. Other possibilities that have been tossed around include “iPhone X” and “iPhone Edition,” which would align with the high-end Apple Watch Edition.

There is indeed much we still do not know, but the iPhone 8’s design now appears to be finalized. While BGR’s exclusive photos give the world its first look at this sleek new design, we can expect to see more iPhone 8 mockups begin to surface as third-party case makers like Ghostek and Spigen get a jump on building cases for Apple’s new iPhone so they’re ready at launch. As regular readers will recall, Ghostek was the first case maker to reveal Samsung’s Galaxy S8 design when renders of its upcoming cases were leaked earlier this year.

Apple’s iPhone 8 is expected to be unveiled this coming September, though its release may be pushed back to October or November if recent rumors of manufacturing difficulties end up being accurate.

Source: The original version of this article on BGR.com By Zach Epstein

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Everyone’s excited by the new form factor and advanced features the iPhone 8 will bring to the table, but a new research note from Simona Jankowski of Goldman Sachs (obtained by Business Insider) relays that upgrading to Apple’s next-gen iPhone won’t come cheap. Amid conflicting reports regarding the iPhone 8 price point, Jankowski writes that the base level iPhone 8 will cost $1,000. Notably, this jibes with previous rumors we’ve seen regarding Apple’s pricing plans.

The bump up in price might seem jarring at first glance, yet it doesn’t seem unreasonable given the device’s advanced new design, larger display, and slew of new features. Accordingly, the BOM for the iPhone 8 will be significantly higher than any iPhone model released to date. Specifically, the entry-level iPhone 8 with 128GB of storage is said to cost $1,000 while a model with 256GB will cost $1,099. This makes the entry-level iPhone 8 upwards of $130 more expensive than Apple’s top of the line iPhone 7 Plus.

Breaking down the considerable increase in iPhone 8 components, Jankowski’s research note relays the 5.8-inch OLED display alone will add $35 to the asking price.

  • 5.8″OLED screen (adds $35)
  • No bezel, all screen
  • 3D sensing (adds $20)
  • Better, faster NAND/DRAM memory (adds $16 to $29)
  • Capacity starting at 128GB
  • A11 processor
  • No home button
  • Biometric authentication

All in all, the price bump we’ll see with the iPhone 8 doesn’t seem too outrageous. As is typical from Apple, the iPhone 8 will be a premium device geared for consumers willing to pay more to get more. Further, the iPhone 8 price point isn’t that far removed from Apple’s top of the line iPhone 7 Plus, a device that proved to be far more popular with consumers than even Apple anticipated. To this point, Jankowski adds that Apple’s larger-screened iPhone models have become increasingly popular with each successive iPhone release, which is to say that demand for premium iPhone models is growing.

As for the other two devices in Apple’s 2017 iPhone lineup — the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus — Jankowski believes that the devices will be priced at $649 and $769, respectively.

All of that said, if the iPhone 8 design features a Touch ID sensor embedded into the display itself, I’m sure that consumers will flock to the device in droves, the $1,000 sticker price notwithstanding. Further, seeing as how the current iPhone design has grown somewhat stale, the prospect of a brand new iPhone model with an edge to edge OLED display will undoubtedly attract current iPhone owners who might not otherwise have even been in the market for an upgrade. Of course, the looming question surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 is whether or not Apple can actually release the highly anticipated device by September.

Source: This article was published BGR News By Yoni Heisler

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A new day, and a new set of iPhone 8 renders are here to gawk at. This time around it’s not a concept that a designer created based on rumors. Instead, we’re looking at high-quality 3D renders that were created using leaked factory CAD images of the OLED iPhone.

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Exciting leaks and images about 2017’s new iPhones have users so excited Tim Cook claims they have caused iPhone sales to slow in anticipation. But the latest news from financial giants JPMorgan Chase will leave users feeling far from happy…

iPhone 8 concept based on leaks prior to the JPMorgan report is much more exciting

In a lengthy report obtained by 9to5Mac, the multinational giant claims Apple AAPL +1.65%’s plans to introduce three new models: an iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus and new flagship iPhone 8 will prove underwhelming.

In contrast to the widely published, eye popping iPhone 8 renders seen recently, JPMorgan claims Apple the new device will not have tiny 4mm bezels around the display. Instead the smartphone will be more like Samsung’s Galaxy S8 with an edge-to-edge panel horizontally and reduced, but clearly visible top and bottom bezels. It published the following diagrams to illustrate this:

JPMorgan claims the iPhone 8 will look more like a Galaxy S8 than a radical redesign

JPMorgan

In addition to this JPMorgan says the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus will retain the same basic design Apple has used since the iPhone 6, but marry its aluminium sides with glass backs like the iPhone 8.

This tweak is to enable the phones to support wireless charging, though talk of the switch to glass is a move which is controversial given it was a major structural vulnerability on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S before being dropped. The iPhone 8 will mesh stainless steel and glass to a slightly more premium finish.

JPMorgan also indicates that Apple’s well reported move to integrate Touch ID into the front panel remains in the balance. In fact in its summary table for the iPhone 8, it simply leaves a question mark over this feature:

How Touch ID will be integrated into the iPhone 8 remains a major - and literal - question.

JPMorgan

More positively JPMorgan reiterates that the iPhone 8 will use an L-shaped battery which will result in 30% larger capacity and rear dual camera, which is backed up by previous reports. Though it states all these upgrades will lead to a $75-80 manufacturing cost per unit (excluding construction), which ties in with expectations of a higher price - possibly in excess of $1,000.

And yet for users who are angry at what JPMorgan is presenting as a significantly less ambitious iPhone 8 than some had expected, there is a flaw in its reasoning which suggests any frustrations be directed at it instead: it concludes the iPhone 8 will come bundled with AirPods.

Quite frankly, I find this preposterous. Other than the dent this would add to Apple profits (and be a needless expense to anyone already owning quality earphones/headphones), is the fact it makes no logistical sense.

Ever since their release, Apple has suffered major supply issues with AirPods and even at the time of publication buyers are told to expect a six week shipping delay. So the thought Apple could fix this to the extent that AirPods will be supplied in the 60-80M iPhone 8 units Apple is predicted to sell in its first quarter is comical.

So keep calm and keep the faith...

Source : This article was published in forbes.com By Gordon Kelly

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