The newest iPhone 8 leaks show what appear to be the first images of Apple’s next flagship.
First published to Imgur and then shared on Reddit, the images reveal a front-facing glass panel indicating an edge-to-edge display, a glass back panel with a cutout for the vertically-aligned dual cameras, and a part for the rear cameras with integrated LED flash and microphone.
The second image in the album shows the purported iPhone 8 panel (the two parts farthest to the right) next to what could be the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus rear panels on the left.
“I have a friend in the industry who just sent me these. He said the Chinese manufacturers got these last week,” says the caption. “Big surprise for the iPhone 7s/7s Plus—supposedly it’s getting wireless charging as well!”
While both panels match up with a handful of previous rumors, there’s still a strong possibility that it’s an elaborate fake or prototype part that was scrapped.
One thing that’s throwing us off is the claim the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus will get wireless charging. While noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed it’d be the case earlier this year, newer reports have walked the rumor back.
Fake or not, the iPhone 8’s edge-to-edge display could still look very similar.
Prominent mobile leaker and concept artist Benjamin Geskin, who has released a swath of iPhone 8 leaks in recent months, claims the iPhone 8’s display will stretch from corner to corner with a cutout for the earpiece, FaceTime camera, and other sensors. You can see his concept below.
This year’s new iPhone is expected to be one of Apple’s biggest yet, considering this year’s the iPhone’s 10th anniversary.
Based on previous rumors, we’re expecting the iPhone 8 (or “X” or “Edition”) to be slightly larger than the 4.7-inch iPhone 7. The key difference, however, will be the move to an edge-to-edge display that fits a larger a 5.8-inch OLED screen.
Apple will reportedly ditch the aluminum design it’s used since the iPhone 6 and return to a “glass sandwich” design last seen on the iPhone 4S, with glass on the backside to allow wireless charging and stainless steel for the frame.
The iPhone 8’s also expected to get rid of the home button/Touch ID fingerprint sensor and move that underneath the display. If Apple pulls it off, it will certainly set it apart from the Samsung Galaxy S8, which also has no home button, but has a fingerprint sensor in the worst possible position on the back of the phone.
What’s real and what’s fake? As always, it’s important to take all these leaks with a huge grain of salt. It’s only real when Apple announces it, and that’s likely not going to happen for another few months. So sit tight, enjoy and your current smartphone, and chill because there’s still some waiting to do.