iPhone 8 Rumor Roundup: Metal Frame, Confirmed Features, and Release Date

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iPhone 8 rumor roundup

Last week was quite busy week for iPhone 8 rumors. A number of new details have been exposed, albeit indirectly, by Apple’s own supply chain. A few of these rumours pertain to the supposed features of the phone. While others are about image leaks and speculations for market experts.

In less than four months, Apple will be unveiling yet another version of the iPhone. The only major difference this time is that instead of the usual two, there will be three iPhones coming this year. Of course, there are the customary iPhone updates such as iPhone 7s and 7s Plus. The third one, which is often dubbed as tenth anniversary iPhone, is the biggest deal of all.

October shipping for iPhone 8

Although Apple may introduce the iPhone 8 in September, along with the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, there is still a chance that it my not get released until October. The speculation came from analyst Gene munster from Loup Ventures.

According to Munster, Apple is still trying to sort out the issues it has been having on the new OLED display. Apple suppliers close to the analyst are saying that the company is still experiencing low yield on the display production.

Because of this, there may not be enough units to go by when the phone gets introduced in September. This is why, according to analyst, it might turn out that the iPhone 8 will be available sometime in October or perhaps much later.

iPhone 8 components leaked

iPhone 8 metal frame compared to an iPhone 6 case (via slashleaks.com)

This bit on news is not exactly new. It has been reported many times in the past that Apple’s suppliers are having difficulties manufacturing the display. To ass to the complication, there is also the issue of the in-display Touch ID sensor of the iPhone 8.

Apple suppliers confirms new iPhone features

Another thing that happened last week is the news about some Apple suppliers allegedly confirming features of upcoming iPhones. Chief of which is the Nikkei report about the 3D facial recognition sensor for the iPhone 8.

According to Nikkei, Largan Precision has indirectly confirmed the shipping of 3D camera lenses on the second half of 2017. These lenses, although Large did not clearly specify, will be used on the 3D facial recognition sensor of the iPhone 8.

While Largan Precision did not specifically say that the lenses are for Apple’s tenth anniversary iPhone, it is a known fact that the company supplies 90 percent of lenses used on iPhones. Furthermore, market reports made it public that the company will be supplying 50 percent of Apple’s requirement for 3D sensor lenses. On the other hand, the remaining 50 percent will be fulfilled by Foxconn and Genius Electronics Optical.

Wireless charging across the board

Ming-Chi Kuo is known as the leading authority when it comes to Apple product predictions. Majority of what he predicted on the iPhone 7 came true. That is why, when he claimed that Apple is considering wireless charging on the iPhone 7s, 7s Plus, and iPhone 8, everyone got excited.

iPhone 8 components leaked

Front and back glass panels for iPhone 8 (via reddit.com)

Until now, Apple remains aloof when it comes to the subject of wireless charging. Many Android phones have now made the feature a mainstream as it gains more popularity. The subject of wireless charging has been thrown around even before the release of the iPhone 7. Now, Apple may finally make the feature available on the upcoming smartphones.

That said, it seems like Apple is indeed set on having wireless charging on this year’s iPhones. According to a report from Nikkei, Winstron, another Apple partner, has announced on its latest company briefing that the iPhone 7s Plus will have wireless charging. The reason why the company is only confirming wireless charging on the iPhone 7s Plus is because the other iPhone models are being handled by other companies. Nevertheless, it will be inappropriate for Apple to feature wireless charging on the iPhone 7s Plus and not on the iPhone 8 and 7s.

In any case, most reports pertain to all iPhone models coming with wireless charging features this year.

Another important thing the Winstron confirmed is the improved waterproofing on the iPhone. Right now, the iPhone 7 is rated with IP67 ingress protection. What this means is that the phone can stay submerged one-meter deep, for 30 minutes. The next IP rating after this is IP68. However, there is a slim chance the this rating will be featured on the iPhone 8. The most will possibly be a submersion depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes, according to reports.

Metal frame leaked

Finally, earlier last week, there have been some major leaks on the iPhone 8 components. Mainly the metal frame that will hold the phone together. The images were leaked via leak aggregator site Slashleaks.

iPhone 8 components leaked

iPhone 7s, 7s Plus, and 8 components (via reddit.com)

One of the images shows the basic metal frame, unfinished, of the iPhone 8. Meanwhile, the other one shows one of the metal frames being compared to an iPhone 6 case. From here, one can see that the iPhone 8 will only be slightly bigger than Apple’s smallest iPhone.

Another set of images that Slashleak posted online are the front and back glass panels of the iPhone 8. The images clearly showed the cutouts and the outlines of the front and back camera sensors.

This leak sort of confirms some of the major features of the iPhone 8, including 3D facial recognition, augmented reality, and wireless charging.

The next four months will be really interesting, especially for iPhone 8 rumor watching. As we go nearer the expected launch date, there will definitely be more leaks coming. And just like the iPhone 7 last year, some of them will probably not surprise anyone.

For more iPhone 8 updates be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.

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