Dummy 'iPhone 8' Images Appear Online Suggesting Touch ID Embedded in Edge-to-Edge Display

Pictures of a dummy "iPhone 8" model appeared on social media over the weekend depicting a handset with a front and rear made of what looks like 2.5D curved glass and a stainless steel edge design.

The dummy device is purportedly a "CNC model according to Foxconn", according to the original Twitter poster, but there's no way to verify the claim one way or the other, so take the following with a big pinch of salt.

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The front of the device appears to have an edge-to-edge screen with no discernible bezels, while around the back there's a vertically aligned dual-lens camera, but no other identifiable markings. That includes no rear-mounted Touch ID sensor, but also no Apple logo, either.

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The sides look like stainless steel, similar to those of the iPhone 4. There are volume buttons and a mute switch on the left, and a power button and SIM tray on the right. The power button appears to be longer than on previous iPhones, however.

The poster of the images offered additional details supposedly from a source with links to Foxconn, suggesting that the "iPhone 8" will have a thickness and size similar to the current iPhone 7, while the steel edges will be finished in a polished "Space Black" color.

Apart from a further image showing off the latter feature, the poster has also shown off schematics "based on blueprints" that depict a series of components hidden beneath the top of the display, where the edges of the display are indicated by a red outline. An alleged schematic of the internal components of the next iPhone has also been shared.

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Apple is thought to be testing more than 10 prototype iPhone models, so it's not yet clear what we should expect. Most rumors so far suggest the upcoming OLED iPhone will have a 5.5-inch bezel-less screen with Touch ID embedded in the front display, so there will be no home button.

However Apple is said to be having trouble integrating the Touch ID technology into the screen, and leaked design schematics have indicated that the fingerprint sensor could be moved to the rear of the device, so the final design is far from certain.

Some rumors suggest the display itself may feature edges that are curved on both sides like the Galaxy S7, but the phone may have the same slightly curved 2.5D display as the iPhone 7 due to technical challenges manufacturing the more curved version. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the glass will be built around a polished stainless steel frame that's similar in design to the Apple Watch.

More images of the dummy iPhone shown above, including one of a machined chassis, can be found here.

Top Rated Comments

mainstreetmark Avatar
49 months ago
I wish they'd move the power button up to the top, like the "old days". Having them on either side makes it occasionally tricky to press one without pressing the other.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KidAKidB Avatar
49 months ago
This looks kind of ugly to be honest
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
alexcanton Avatar
49 months ago
You can't really assume the Touch ID is in the display, when the back of the dummy has nothing on it, not even the Apple Logo.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jsameds Avatar
49 months ago
Leaks before release: "Man that thing is ugly, Apple would never make anything like that!"

On release: "Not a huge fan of the design"

Couple of months post release: **Said phone appears in signature of commenter**

3-4 years post release: "That iPhone was the pinnacle of iPhone design"
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ThatsMeRight Avatar
49 months ago
The leaker says that the metal band will be polished black. He expects the final design to look a lot like this render:

Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Aussi3 Avatar
49 months ago
There better be no Touch ID on the back! In the screen all the way! :)
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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