There have been more rumors about the features and the design of the upcoming iPhone 8 that would make just about dizzy with unconfirmed speculation. However, Forbes says they have “confirmed” what the 10th anniversary iPhone will look like. Forbes combined the rumors, leaked photos, and CAD files to give you a visual as to what the iPhone 8 will look like.
Gordon Kelly, a contributing writer for Forbes, collaborating with case designer Nodus on the impressive iPhone 8 renders. Nodus allegedly acquired the CAD files through a supply chain. Apple has been distributing phone specs so that that accessory makers have enough time to make compatible products, such as cases and glass protectors. Forbes believes that this will be the final design of the hyped up handset.
Notice that Apple is following Samsung’s lead and doing away with clunky bezels around the phone. The iPhone 8 will feature a long and large 5.8-inch display, a huge jump from the iPhone 7’s 4.7-inch screen. They increased the display without making the actual chassis much larger by doing away with a physical “home” button. The top of the phone reserved for a front facing camera and sensors. The side power button is noticeably larger, which is rumored to incorporate Touch ID much like Sony already offers, and Apple has already been granted a patent for this technology. Apple is ditching the horizontal placement of the rear camera setup for a vertical alignment, which is optimal for augmented reality functions since cameras are more effective when the phone is held in landscape position.
It is not shown in the renders, but there are rumors that the iPhone 8 will retain the Lightning port and not make the switch to USB-C. Also, there is no indication that Apple is resurrecting the 3.5mm audio jack. Another upgrade with the new iPhone could be an OLED panel display. The new big display is said to offer a new “Function Area” that will display notifications and gather buttons like calling and pausing all in one place (think the MacBook’s touch bar).
This rendering of the iPhone 8 has not been verified by Apple. There are rumors that the 10th anniversary iPhone could have a price tag of over $1,000. Sadly, we probably won’t know for sure if this is what the next iPhone will look like for another two months when Apple typically debuts new iPhones. However, there are reports of production issues that might not make the iPhone 8 available for their September keynote where they are expected to unveil the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plys.
Conflicting reports said the delay for the iPhone 8 could be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. That means that the 10th anniversary iPhone could be delayed until November or even possibly December. There is a report that there is “a sense of panic in the air” on Apple’s iPhone team as software issues are causing problems. The difficulties are said to be coming from new features including wireless charging and the front-facing 3D sensor that could be used for facial recognition to unlock the handset. It is reported that the problem isn’t with the hardware itself. Stay tuned.