Now that the Samsung Galaxy S8 has been unveiled, the pressure is on Apple to one-up Samsung and deliver a truly groundbreaking flagship gadget this year.
The general consensus is we’ll see three separate iPhone models in 2017 — two “S” models of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and a third premium version that might rock all the rumored groundbreaking technologies. But can the premium iPhone 8 really deliver, or will it be just another round of disappointments for fans hungry for solid innovations?
Real or fake?
A newly leaked diagram that supposedly shows the premium “iPhone 8 or iPhone X” has what looks like a fingerprint sensor/home button located on the back of the phone, below the Apple logo. The drawings also show a vertically aligned dual camera and flash array that, frankly, looks odd.
According to MacRumors, the image was shared on Weibo and was picked up by the website /LEAKS. It appears to have been taken from a computer that’s the property of an Apple manufacturing partner in China, most likely Foxconn.
It’s unknown when the photo was taken or if it’s real. It could’ve been taken during the product’s Engineering Verification Testing stage, however, which means it may be a mere mockup of the more than 10 iPhone prototypes Apple was testing this year.
Aside from the position of the fingerprint sensor and the vertical camera array, the image shows the rumored edge-to-edge display that takes up nearly the entire front of the phone. With the slimmer top, bottom and side bezels, the leaked design’s front definitely resembles the recently released Samsung Galaxy S8.
Other interesting details from the diagrams show the supposed iPhone 8 dimensions — 149.5mm tall and 72.5mm wide with a depth of 8.6mm, larger and thicker than the 4.7-inch iPhone 7, as expected, but smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus. The increased depth may be due to the glass and stainless frame reminiscent of the iPhone 4.
The drawing also shows the side, top and bottom of the rumored iPhone 8. The sides have the familiar volume and lock buttons, mute switch, antenna lines and the microSIM card tray. The bottom shows the Lightning connector, speaker grilles, and, nope, no headphone jack nor the rumored Smart Connector.
Let’s all hope this diagram is either fake or a rejected prototype design, because honestly, it’s not really that great. A rear fingerprint sensor mirroring that of the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be something iPhone fans may not embrace fully because of its potential clunkiness. To make it stand out and be truly revolutionary, the iPhone 8 will have to incorporate and embed the home button and the fingerprint sensor on the front display, in line with what other rumors are saying.
Longer battery life?
In a separate iPhone 8 rumor, sources said that Apple is developing its own power-management chip to replace the traditional one that’s designed by Dialog Semiconductor.
About 80 engineers are reportedly at work at Apple’s secret power-management design centers in Munich and California to deliver the iPhone’s next-generation battery technology. Unfortunately, the same sources said the chip may not be delivered until 2019 and will not make it to the iPhone 8.