iPhone 8 Case ReleaseThe iPhone 8 is expected to be water resistant, but it may have an improved IP68 water resistance rating. It will continue to be able to hold up to rain, splashes, and brief submersion in water, and that water resistance has been confirmed by an Apple supplier and may extend to all iPhone models being released in 2017. The display itself is said to be flexible plastic OLED rather than an LCD, allowing Apple to introduce a thinner device that consumes less power and offers a better display with higher contrast ratio and more true to life colors. Early rumors suggested it could feature edges that are curved on both sides like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but it's looking more like it will have the same slightly curved 2.5D display that's similar to the display used in the iPhone 7 because Apple suppliers still have difficulty producing more curved displays.
As for the body, rumors suggest Apple is finally going to move away from the aluminum used in the iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6s, 7, and SE, instead re-adopting a glass body that's similar to the body that was used in the iPhone 4. At least one iPhone model coming in 2017 will use a glass body, according to Apple supplier Catcher Technology, and according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the glass will be built around a polished stainless steel frame that's similar in design to the Apple Watch.
Inside, the iPhone 8 is expected to have a 10-nanometer A11 chip that will be both faster and more efficient, plus rumors suggest it could also include features like wireless charging and biometric additions like iris, facial, or gesture recognition. In higher-end models with a dual-lens camera, both lenses are expected to feature optical image stabilization. The iPhone 8's front-facing camera may include 3D sensing capabilities that use technology by PrimeSense, allowing it to find the location and depth of objects in front of it, perhaps enabling facial and iris recognition. Rumors suggest Apple is exploring both a vertical rear camera for improved pictures and a dual-camera setup for the front-facing FaceTime camera.
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Apple is said to be planning to position the OLED iPhone 8 as a ~5-inch "premium" model that will be sold alongside standard 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone models with traditional LCD screens. All three models may include faster A11 processors, glass bodies and wireless charging, but it is unclear if the two LCD models will feature the same edge-to-edge display rumored for the higher-end device and what differentiating features will be included. Rumors suggest the OLED iPhone is going to be pricy, with multiple rumors referring to it as "premium" and one rumor suggesting it could sell for upwards of $1,000, which is a good deal more expensive than previous iPhones. Other rumors don't quite agree, though, so it could be closer in price to the iPhone 7 Plus. Check out the iOS 11 guide that will operate in your new iPhone 8.
Given the radical design changes Apple plans to introduce in the OLED iPhone, rumors have been suggesting there will be serious supply constraints. Apple may introduce the ~5-inch OLED iPhone at a September event alongside the standard 4.7 and 5.5-inch devices, but there's a chance it won't be released until one or two months after its introduction. Alternatively, it may be available in small numbers, with the majority of people unable to get their hands on it until the first quarter of 2018.
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Early iPhone 8 design schematics started surfacing in April, but the leaks haven't entirely cleared up questions about what we can expect from the device. We're seeing at least two distinct designs depicted in current leaked schematics and renderings because Apple is said to be testing multiple iPhone 8 prototypes. With early leaks, it's often difficult to tell what's accurate, so take the below information with a grain of salt until part leaks and other more reliable information starts to surface.
The first design we're seeing appears to have an edge-to-edge display, a glass body, and no visible Touch ID button anywhere on the device, pointing towards an iPhone 8 with Touch ID located under the display. This is the design that matches up with many of the rumors that we've heard about the iPhone 8. An alleged rendering featuring that first design, depicts a device that measures 137.54mm tall by 67.54mm wide, similar in size to the iPhone 7. Thickness is not shown, but there's a nearly edge-to-edge display that measures 5.767 inches on the diagonal. A 4mm bezel is pictured around the display, with half of that being the 2.5D curved glass at the edges. All of this is in line with rumors suggesting an iPhone 7-sized device with an iPhone 7 Plus-sized display.
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iPhone 8 features a design with front and rear panels made from slightly curved 2.5D glass held together with a stainless steel frame. Those steel edges will reportedly be finished a polished Space Black color in at least one of the devices. The iPhone 8 appears to be thicker than existing iPhone models, but it features an edge-to-edge screen, presumably with Touch ID built in, as there is no Home button. At the rear of the device, there's a vertical dual-lens camera with no other markings. There is no rear Touch ID sensor nor an Apple logo. At the sides, there are volume buttons and a mute switch on the left, with an elongated power button and a SIM tray on the right.
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We've also seen prototype schematics based on blueprints that allegedly give a look at the sensors located under the display and inside the device. At the top of the device, there's an embedded camera, flash, and ambient light sensors. None of these images can be verified, nor were they shared by someone with a known track record for accurate leaks, so this may or may not be an actual iPhone 8 dummy unit. An alleged rear shell schematic, which may or may not be legitimate, depicts a vertical dual-lens rear camera with an LED flash in the middle, and it includes a large circular area, perhaps for some kind of wireless charging functionality. No rear Touch ID button is pictured.
Our first glimpse of components that could be destined for the iPhone 8 surfaced in mid-June. The images, said to be sourced from a case manufacturer who received them from a glass supplier in China, depict what is said to be the front and bank panel of the iPhone 8. There's a thin bezel around the sides along with a top bar that could perhaps house a front-facing camera, microphone, and speaker. Notably, there's no cutout for a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which is in line with the rumors that suggest Apple has managed to embed it in the display. A second depicts the two alleged iPhone 8 components next to components said to be for the 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and the 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus. All three rear shells are made from glass to support wireless charging. There's no way to verify the authenticity of the components in the images, so they should be viewed with caution until we get additional part leaks.
An iPhone case said to be for the iPhone 8 has leaked, showing off a design that's similar to many of the prototype 1 renderings. It features a cutout for a vertical dual-lens rear camera and because it has no cutout for Touch ID or other features, it suggests it is for a device with no rear-facing Touch ID button. If legitimate, photos that allegedly show molds of the upcoming 2017 ~5-inch OLED iPhone, 4.7-inch iPhone, and 5.5-inch offer a look at the size differences between the devices. The 5.5-inch iPhone continues to be much larger, while the OLED iPhone, which is rumored to have a 5.8-inch display, is similar in size to the 4.7-inch iPhone because it has no display bezels.
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The 5.8-inch iPhone mold has a vertical camera and a longer power button, two features that have been seen in previous leaks. It's not clear if these are molds for the iPhone or for molds that are used for things like third-party cases, but the sizes do appear to match up with rumors we've been hearing about the devices. This may have been an early prototype developed because Apple was rumored to he having trouble putting the Touch ID fingerprint sensor under the display of the device, so it's possible the rear Touch ID design was conceived as a backup plan. Should Apple figure out its manufacturing issues, and rumors suggest it has, this is not the design we'll be seeing in the finalized device. iPhone 8 Case Release