Apple will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iPhone this year, and is under more pressure than ever to launch the new iPhone with exceptional design and features. According to rumors and reports, Apple will be launching the next generation iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, and also a special anniversary edition, called the iPhone 8. Currently, all eyes are on the iPhone 8 which is expected to feature radical changes, such as OLED display, and a fingerprint sensor or Touch ID embedded below the display. Emphasizing on the big design change, renders of the iPhone 8 have been revealed, giving us a close look as to how the device could be.
These renders of the iPhone 8 have been developed by OnLeaks and MySmartPrice collating all information available on the device, and are of course not official and are entirely speculative. Starting with the highlight of the iPhone 8, the smartphone has been rumored to feature an edge-to-edge OLED display with ultra-thin bezels. The iPhone 8 in the render executes this perfectly as the display covers the entire front panel with only the camera sensors and earpiece visible. There is no presence of the physical Touch ID which Apple is expected to replace by embedding it under the display.
Moving on, the renders show that Apple retains the design language with the rounded corners on the iPhone 8. On the right side, we have the power button and the SIM slot and the left side houses the volume buttons along with the silent-mode/orientation lock switch. Down below, the Lightning port with speakers on both sides are visible on the iPhone 8. There’s a change in the camera placement on the iPhone 8, as the dual rear cameras are placed vertically, while the iPhone 7 Plus has its dual cameras placed horizontally. The LED flash sits between the camera lens which are noticeably protruding from the flat surface. ALSO READ: New Apple iPhone 8 render visualizes the potential ‘function area’
The renders have also played out the speculation that Apple would be opting for a glass sandwich design instead of the aluminum-based design. The back finish also looks similar to the Jet Black iPhone 7 which has proven to be very prone to scratches. The glass sandwich design on the iPhone 4 received criticism for being susceptible to damage, and now it remains to be seen how Apple will improve this issue. There are no antenna bands visible on the iPhone 8 at all. The iPhone 7 series saw a change with the antenna bands moved to the extreme top and bottom of the back panel. This render instead shows small antenna lines on the sides of the iPhone 8. ALSO READ: iPhone 8 will come bundled with Apple AirPods, claim JP Morgan analysts
While the renders seem accurate in terms of the leaks and rumors around the iPhone 8, it’s far too early to say whether we can seriously expect the next iPhone to look like this. Analysts have also been speculating about Apple’s big upgrades to the iPhone 8 especially with the OLED design and fingerprint sensor. A recent claim made by Cowen and Company’s Timothy Arcuri says that yields of the new Touch ID sensor for the iPhone 8 are currently low and Apple may have to change their decision if this continues. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 Touch ID sensor integrated into screen facing production difficulties: Report
In terms of specifications, the iPhone 8 has been rumored to feature a display sized between 5.7 inches to 5.8-inches. Recent reports suggest 3GB of RAM on the iPhone 8 with storage variants of 64GB and 256GB. The iPhone 8 is expected to be powered by Apple’s upcoming A11 chipset which will be built using the 10nm fabrication process. For photography, Apple has been rumored to be working on a 3D-sensing camera for facial recognition, 3D selfies, and AR gaming as well. Apple will also likely continue with the dual camera module like that on the iPhone 7 Plus, but there is no word on the specifications of the sensors. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 rumor roundup: Here’s everything we know about the 10th anniversary edition iPhone