A series of new images purporting to show a CNC dummy unit of Apple’s next-generation iPhone have been posted to Twitter by one Benjamin Geskin. There’s no real agreement from analysts and insiders at the moment on the exact design of iPhone 8, but this dummy unit seems to suggest new hardware complete with an edge-to-edge display embedded on a steel frame with almost no bezel around the panel.
The images are entirely unverified at this moment in time, but clearly show what is being called a “CNC model” made out of stainless steel and beautiful 2.5D glass. It is suggested that the iPhone 8’s stainless steel frame will be given a Space Black shade.
As previously speculated, the front of the device looks to feature an edge-to-edge display, presumably utilizing OLED technology, with no real bezel in place. Interestingly, when you flip the device over, there’s no included aperture or indication of any rear-mounted Touch ID sensor, meaning we can likely expect a virtual front-facing Home button with embedded Touch ID right beneath the display.
The fact that the display consumes the entire front of the device, leaving no space for any bezel, also means that Apple will take that all important step of removing the iconic physical Home button from the device, presuming this dummy unit is accurate, of course.
The rear of the unit is extremely plain, showing a panel with no included Apple logo, and a camera module which looks to have been re-oriented into a vertical position rather than horizontal. This fits in with previous rumors about Apple’s potential use of AR/VR within iPhone 8.
From a hardware button perspective there isn’t much out of the ordinary going on here. When looking at the device from the front, the volume up/down buttons, as well as the mute switch, are located on the left-hand side of the device. The Power Lock button and integrated SIM tray are in a familiar position on the right-hand side but interestingly, the Power / Lock button has been elongated.
In addition to the images of the dummy unit, we also have relatively detailed schematics, showing the positioning of certain internal components, including the A11 CPU, SIM card, Lightning connector, and the necessary internal parts to power the 3D Touch engine. More so the iPhone 8 will also come in at a 7.1mm thickness.
If you thought that’s all, no, there’s more. To complement the schematic drawing and dummy model, we have renders of what the iPhone 8 could end up looking like. As the leaker says “THIS IS IT. 2017 OLED iPhone”.
It’s almost impossible to keep track of every single piece of information, and all suggestions made, about the possible design and specification of Apple’s iPhone 8. However, those proclaiming to be in the know, seem to have settled on the possibility of Apple introducing one of two potential designs.
If this dummy unit depicts the final version, then we can’t see too many people being upset about the experience.
(Source: @VenyaGeskin1 [Twitter], Top image: iPhone 8 running iOS 11 concept)
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