'iPhone Edition' Said to Have Polished Stainless Steel Frame Similar to Apple Watch, Vertical Camera for VR

Apple's widely rumored iPhone with an OLED display will feature a polished stainless steel enclosure sandwiched between front and back glass, says Japanese blog Mac Otakara. That's the same iPhone 4-like design that reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has expected since last year.

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"iPhone Edition" render by Japanese blog Mac Otakara

The blog claims the so-called "iPhone Edition" will use an improved version of the Apple Watch's stainless steel enclosure. It also says the smartphone, more commonly dubbed "iPhone 8" for now, will have a conventionally flat OLED display with 2.5D cover glass along the edges, as rumored previously.

As seen in a few renders over the past few weeks, the report claims the "iPhone Edition" will be equipped with a vertically-aligned iSight Duo camera on the rear for VR shooting purposes. Accordingly, when the iPhone is used in a VR headset, the cameras would be positioned horizontally as is customary.

Meanwhile, the tentatively named iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are expected to be slightly thicker than the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, meaning that some existing cases and accessories might not fit the newer models. From a cosmetic standpoint, however, those smartphones are expected to look similar.

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Top Rated Comments

WRChris Avatar
93 months ago
You don't need cameras for vr....AR for sure
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
barkomatic Avatar
93 months ago
This render is far too attractive to be an Apple design. It needs more antenna lines and really thick bezels to make the cut.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
filmantopia Avatar
93 months ago
This thing is going to be gorgeous.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WRChris Avatar
93 months ago
I was thinking if apple does indeed make the OLED a "Pro" or more expensive model whatever you want to call it, I wonder if they will include AirPods and a dock. Like apple includes the dock for the ceramic watch?
It will include EarPods and a USB cable with power adapter. Most expensive iPhone 7 does not come with extras and there's no reason this will be different. AirPods are what, 160? Dock is what, 50? No way you are getting over 200$ worth of goods for free.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Seifensieder Avatar
93 months ago
No protruding camera please.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Appleaker Avatar
93 months ago
It could end up looking like a stretched out Apple Watch, considering the design, rumored consistent 4mm bezel, and the stainless steel frame.

We've already seen Apple Watch influences with Force/3D Touch, the Taptic Engine and waterproofing.

An OLED display, wireless charging, and no ports are yet to come but we know they'll probably happen.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)