While there have been many leaks and rumors released for the iPhone 8, it still remains one of the most talked about upcoming phone this year. It is so popular, that there have been a lack of reports for Apple’s other iPhone models, the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus. Much of the tech news for months now have been coverings rumors of the said phone ranging from assembly issues to component specifications.
That said, there were new reports from last week that might shed some light on Apple’s upcoming flagship phone. There reports pertain to issues like the phone’s wireless modem, its size, and the vertical dual camera on its back.
More Intel wireless modems on the iPhone 8
Apple has been known to use Qualcomm-made wireless modems on the iPhone. In fact, back in 2016, 70 percent of the iPhones sold used a chip that was manufactured by Qualcomm. However, it seems like this year and the years to come, Apple will be favoring Intel-made wireless modems more and more.
According to a report from Digitimes last week, Apple has increased the order volume for Intel wireless modems to 50 percent. This is a considerable increase since last year, only 30 percent of the iPhones sold contain wireless chips from Intel.
The fallout between Apple and Qualcomm is said to be due to the ongoing legal battle between the two companies. To those unaware, Apple withheld around $1 billion of royalty to Qualcomm on the count of “unfair monopoly” on its mobile wireless technology. Qualcomm then retaliated by asking the US Trade Commission to ban the import of iPhone devices to the United States.
To make matters worse, some of Apple’s suppliers have also follow suit in not paying the chip maker of its royalties.
iPhone 8 size
On a slightly more interesting topic, last week, the guys at iDrop News were kind enough to share what they think the iPhone 8 would look like when released. Furthermore, the website also shared additional images of the iPhone 8 renders showing how big it will be compared to other smartphones. In one of the images, it can be seen that the new phone is only slightly taller than the 4.7-inch iPhone 7. Meanwhile, compared to the Samsung Galaxy S8, the iPhone 8 is a bit wider as well as shorter.
On other notes, these renders are based on the leaks that were shared online a few weeks ago. Most of these leak have come from Benjamin Geskin, a known iPhone leaker. In addition to mockups shown by Geskin, there were also images of alleged CAD drawings of the iPhone 8 on the Internet.
Vertical dual camera
Also last week, apart from the mockup units shared by Geskin, Slashleaks also leaked the CAD drawing that has been the basis of the renders done by iDrop News.
In the said CAD leaks, it can be seen that dual camera setup for the iPhone 8 is in vertical position. This new leak strengthens the earlier rumors about the said camera setup. Furthermore, one can see from the image that the cameras are separated by the LED flash.
Another interesting bit about this leak is the circular outline near the rear cameras. Some experts speculated that this might be the Touch ID sensor for the iPhone 8. On the other hand, there are still some that say this may not be the fingerprint sensor at all. Instead, it could be the location for the usual Apple logo of the device.
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