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This sketchy mockup claims to be the finalized design of the iPhone 8

The successor to the iPhone 7 Plus (seen above) could look just like these leaked pics.
The successor to the iPhone 7 Plus (seen above) could look just like these leaked pics.

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We’ve heard a ton about what’s probably coming with the iPhone 8 — but we still don’t even know for sure if Apple has even decided on the flagship’s final design.  

The company’s indecisiveness about the final version of the flagship’s anniversary model has reportedly been one of the factors in its rumored delay, along with more technical issues, like how to embed a thumbprint sensor beneath its touted OLED display.  

BGR shared a set of images purporting to show a rough mockup based on Apple’s final design, giving us a look at what might be the future of the iPhone. The device shown in the pics, which the site obtained “exclusively” from unnamed sources, was supposedly based on schematics leaked from the factories that will actually produce the devices. It’s not a working model or even a prototype — just a physical proof of concept.  

Though chances that this is the actual design are slim, the rough mockup shows some features we’ve been expecting based on other leaks: an edge-to-edge screen with no visible bezels, no physical home button, and an all glass and stainless steel sandwich design that harkens back to the iPhone 4.

The mockup’s rear has the expected vertically-oriented dual camera rig, but what’s more important is what we don’t see: a rear fingerprint scanner, like Samsung had to settle for on the Galaxy S8.

BGR claimed the images posted were an “exclusive first look” at the iPhone 8’s final design — but the device shown in the photos appears to be identical to pictures of another “dummy” device posted by designer Benjamin Gaskin last month. That handset was more explicitly said to be based on specs leaked from a source at Apple’s manufacturer, Foxconn. 

Geskin updated the leaked images using his design chops and insight from other leaks to show off what that version of the design might look in its final form. Only the slightest hint of a bezel remains at the top of the device for the front facing camera, while the rear dual camera and the Apple logo have been spruced up from the original pictures. 

There’s likely no way to know whether the device shown in BGR’s pics is the same as the one originally posted by Geskin — just like there’s no way to confirm that Apple has actually settled on this (or any) design as its final choice for the next iPhone. The company doesn’t comment on rumors, and holds its secrets as close to the chest as it can until its breathless keynote events. 

The chances of this being the actual iPhone 8 design are low, especially without any additional specs to go along with the images. Until we hear from Apple, though — which will more than likely happen in September, not at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) event in June — we won’t know for sure.

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The OnePlus 5 could be the phone that destroys Samsung’s Galaxy S8

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Hold on to your butts because the mother of all leaks for the OnePlus 5, one of the most anticipated phones of the year, has hit the interwebs.

If these are indeed the specs for the OnePlus 5, which we’ve confirmed arrives this summer, then Samsung and every other Android phone maker might be in trouble.

The leak from Slashleaks lays out all of the OnePlus 5’s specs, most of which corroborate the few rumors we’ve heard before.

According to the leak, the OnePlus 5’s dimensions will be virtually identical to the OnePlus 3T’s, with it being just 0.1 inches thinner. The phone will stick to a 5.5-inch screen, but the resolution will get upgraded from 1080p to Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440 resolution).

The phone will reportedly run Android 7.1 Nougat, most likely with the company’s own lightweight and customizable “Oxygen OS” skin on top.

Underneath the hood will most likely be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, 8GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a colossal 4,000 mAh battery — which dwarfs both the iPhone 7 Plus’ 2,900 mAh battery and the Galaxy S8+’s 3,500 mAh battery. It’ll reportedly come with dual nano SIM card slots and a microSD card for storage expansion up to 128GB.

For cameras, the OnePlus 5’s said to have a 23-megapixel shooter on the back and a 16-megapixel selfie camera on the front. The leak mentions nothing about dual cameras on the back — a feature that India Today claimed last month will definitely be present.

The leak notes the phone will have a 3.5mm headphone jack (yay!) and a mono speaker (boo!). Unfortunately, it looks like OnePlus might pass on waterproofing the phone again.

These unconfirmed specs blow past all of this year’s flagship Android phones, including the Galaxy S8, LG G6 and last year’s Google Pixel, but the more important thing will be the OnePlus 5’s price. Without a fancy curved screen, wireless charging, or water-resistance, OnePlus will need to attract attention with a price that’s considerably less than what the premium competition sells for. 

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Senator ripped for not understanding the meaning of ‘unclassified’

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The Senate hearing Monday was supposed to focus on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, but many Republican senators didn’t feel like talking about that. 

Instead, they often focussed on why information about potential Russian interference kept leaking to news outlets. 

Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy wanted to know, for example, whether former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — who testified alongside former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates — had ever leaked information to the press. 

Clapper said he hasn’t knowingly done so, then Kennedy tried to clarify. 

“Classified or unclassified?” Kennedy asked. 

“Well uh, unclassified is not — is not leaking,” Clapper said. 

The room, as you can hear in the video, burst into laughter, as did the twittersphere. 

Kennedy has a law degree from the University of Virginia, but, hey, we all can’t be prepared for work 100 percent of the time.

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Don’t hold your breath for a new iPhone 8 this year

That dreamy backdrop above is the exotic future sky of 2018, when we might finally get the successor to the iPhone 7 Plus.
That dreamy backdrop above is the exotic future sky of 2018, when we might finally get the successor to the iPhone 7 Plus.

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Brace yourselves now, people: we could be in for quite an iPhone-based shock later this year — and it might not be the sticker price

By now, you’ve probably heard that Apple’s upcoming deluxe iPhone 8 might be delayed beyond the product line’s now-typical September launch. The holdup could stem from issues with the development of the rumored screen-embedded fingerprint sensor, or from production issues with some of the new components.  Hell, Apple might not even have settled on a final design for the flagship, which would definitely push back its production schedule. 

All of these reports, however, have largely assured Apple fans that the iPhone 8 will still be available this year, shortly after the release of two less substantial updates to the current 7 model’s September release. 

We might be in for even more disappointment come September, however, according to a recent Deutsche Bank research note provided to Business Insider. The firm’s analysts report the iPhone 8 won’t be ready for release before the end of the calendar year, and we’ll all be stuck waiting for our OLED-screened flagship until 2018. 

The Deutsche Bank note was based on an earlier report from ValueWalk, which cited sources close to Apple’s main production partner, Foxconn, who claimed Apple has only placed orders packaging materials for two iPhone models. Those phones are supposedly the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus. 

We’ve heard the two-phone parts of this rumor before, and ValueWalk isn’t exactly known for its Apple scoops, so this shouldn’t be immediately accepted as an inevitable truth. But with so many reports of delays filling the rumor mill, we shouldn’t dismiss it either.

Who knows, though — maybe a delay could even be a good thing, allowing everything to come together for the best possible iPhone experience. Just look at Apple’s AirPods: the wireless earbuds were infamously delayed after being announced, but have gone on to massive success in both sales and consumer satisfaction rating.   

AirPods are just a compliment to the the iPhone, which is the real centerpiece of Apple’s product line. The company has even more at stake to launch a premium device this year with the iPhone’s tenth anniversary. If the device is delayed into 2018, it’ll likely mean one thing: Apple decided to make the best iPhone possible. We can only hope they succeed.  

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Fitbit’s new smartwatch possibly revealed in leak, and it looks pretty lame

The more we learn about Fitbit’s upcoming foray into the general smartwatch market, the more it looks like the activity tracking company’s fans could be in for a major letdown once the device finally drops later this year.

A Yahoo Finance report published last month claimed to have some insider dirt on the project’s tumultuous progress. The report cited sources that said the watch was delayed after engineers struggled with some of the features and called it, among other things, “definitely not sexy” and derivative of Fitbit’s previous fitness-first smartwatch, the Blaze

Those design complaints appear to be confirmed after product photos purportedly depicting the design were leaked to Yahoo Finance, which published the pics as a first-look at the new Fitbit smartwatch. 

The photos of the watch, which is reportedly dubbed “Project Higgs” internally, don’t show much evolution from the Blaze. The square face is an update from the previous octagonal shape, but the same activity tracking vibe remains — there’s a clear influence from the Surge and Charge 2‘s fitness-focused aesthetics here, even as Fitbit has reportedly focused on making Higgs more attractive to consumers outside the gym.    

The previous report claimed Project Higgs will be made of aluminum with a built-in GPS chip, heart-rate monitoring, the capacity for touchless payments, Pandora music compatibility, and up to four days of battery life. The watch will also offer wearers interchangeable band options, like some of Fitbit’s other offerings, and should hit the market at around $300.

An image of Fitbit’s wireless headphones, codenamed “Parkside,” was also included in the leak. The noice-cancelling Bluetooth buds will reportedly hang around users’ necks like the Beats X, with plans to launch for $150 alongside the smartwatch.  

The report’s sources claim Fitbit is depending on Project Higgs to carry the company’s hardware performance for the remainder of 2017 — aside from the already released Alta HR, the smartwatch and earbuds are reportedly the only products on the docket for the year. 

Unfortunately for Fitbit, the watch might also launch without one of its most intriguing rumored features: its own app store, a potential that was first suggested by the company’s CEO James Park at CES in January. 

“Unfortunately, James let the cat out of the bag way too early with the app store news,” a source told Yahoo Finance. Instead, Higgs will reportedly hit the market with a “small selection of customized apps.”  

When reached for comment via email about the veracity of the photos and the sources’ claims, Fitbit reps provided the same statement the company shared after the first report:

 “We know there is a lot of interest in our entry into the smartwatch category,” they wrote. “We don’t have news to share at this time and do not comment on rumors or speculation.” 

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