It’s only been seven months since Apple released the iPhone 7. For the first time in its history (as a creator of smartphones) Apple got a mixed (at best) response from users about their new phone. People complained that really outside of the upgrades to its camera (Harry Potter style pictures!), the phone was essentially the same as the iPhone 6(s).
Apple released the iPhone 6 in September of 2014, so perhaps because of the tepid response to the iPhone 7, it looks like Apple is going to release a brand new version of their phone come this September (Only a year after the release of the iPhone 7). The iPhone 8 has been surrounded by rumors almost on a daily/increasing basis, but recently there were a few “leaks”/rumors that came from people in the smartphone industry about what the iPhone 8 may look like and what it’s hardware will be, and considering that they were all separate but essentially corroborated one another, it seemed like it was worth updating the readers of BabbleTop on (who will all mostly be reading this article from an iPhone 7 with tears in their eyes).
The first rumor came from Steve Hemmerstoffer, who is known as @OnLeaks on Twitter. Hemmerstoffer claims to have received information “directly” from the factory that is working on the iPhone 8. Hemmerstoffer took the schematics he “learned” and actually created a prototype using a CNC machine. The schematics are as follows: 5.8″ display (which is larger than the 5.5″ screen on the iPhone 7). It also has smaller bezels, or “thinner” ones. What’s a bezel you ask? Well, interestingly, if you Google “iPhone Bezels” a lot of the responses are from people who apparently hate bezels. According to Google (Again… Journalism!) the bezel is the outside frame of a computer or in this case smart-phone. People apparently feel like the iPhone’s bezel is clunky and awkward, like a robot with autism, and they’d much rather have a thicker phone with a reduced bezel than a thinner phone with a reduced bezel.
The leak from Hemmerstoffer continues:
“According to caliper measurements of the prototype device, the 8 is actually smaller all around than the 7 Plus, and fits nicely into a sweet spot between that device, and it’s smaller counterpart, the iPhone 7.”
These are the dimensions that were revealed:
- iPhone 8 – 143.5 x 71 x 7.5 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.29 in)
- iPhone 7 – 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in)
- iPhone 7 Plus – 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in)
Because of these measurements someone, named Benjamin Geskin, whipped up a drawing of what the phone may/will look like:
There have been other leaks, all of which have come from the manufacturers of the different parts of the phone. Another rumor from a case manufacturer broke down the dimensions and actually confirmed the above, stating:
“And what all these cases, images and schematics show is a dramatic shift from the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 to a 5.8-inch iPhone 8. This 1.1-inch increase is larger even than Samsung’s jump from 2016’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to the new ‘Infinity Displays’ on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.”
The size increase apparently comes from the fact that Apple will remove the Home Button that’s become synonymous with the iPhone and replace it with a “Function/Notification Area”. Other leaks have come from the software side of things and it looks like the iPhone is one step closer to SkyNet. Because of that code, it looks like Apple is moving towards wireless charging for their 10th Anniversary phone. In regards to that it was said:
“Making the jump from the UI sound to the addition of wireless charing is a good example of assuming Taniyama-Shimura, but the inclusion of a wireless charging sound effect is another piece of evidence that Apple is moving to the ‘magical’ power interface. You have the change of materials on the rear fascia of the iPhone that will allow inductive charging to work, you have the space in the leaked mouldings to accommodate the extra circuitry required, and Apple’s recent application for membership of the Wireless Power Consortium all add up to paint a picture… which now has sound.”
Lastly, people go beyond drawings and CNC machining and use their smarts to create computer renders of what the iPhone 8 may look like. Designer Martin Hajek created an amazing render of what the iPhone 8 would look like if the above is true. Here’s an example:
So as we inch closer and closer to September, the odds are that these rumors and leaks will become more prevalent and true. Despite the fact that Apple has a reputation of treating its workers/phone builders questionably and that they’ve had people sign non-disclosure agreements, it’s human nature to gossip and when it’s something as obviously popular as the iPhone people are going to leak information. The fact that the above rumors came from multiple different sources but all essentially said the same thing increases the chances that it’s true and it’s looking like the new iPhone is getting closer and closer to the space aged phone people sometimes “leak” as a design. After the “meh” that was the iPhone, it’s a welcome development.