iPhone 8 leaks have been unparalleled and a growing number suggest Apple AAPL +0.37% is planning to deliver its biggest ever iPhone redesign to celebrate the range’s 10th anniversary. Now with exclusive new information, I can confirm that will happen…
Working with case designer Nodus, I have been able to obtain CAD files for the iPhone 8 through its supply chain. We have rendered these to visualize the final design and I can confirm that, despite problems, fears Apple would fall back on a less ambitious ‘Plan B’ are unfounded.
Consequently, users can expect Apple to release an iPhone 8 which almost completely eliminates the chunky bezels of previous iPhones. An elongated and enlarged 5.8-inch display will feature a cutout at the top for the front facing camera and sensors and it should mean notifications switch to a new ‘Function Area’ in iOS 11.
In addition to this Apple will indeed replace the horizontally aligned dual rear camera of the iPhone 7 Plus with a vertically aligned shooter on the iPhone 8. This switch is to support Apple’s big drive into Augmented Reality where horizontally aligned cameras are more effective and the phone is expected to be held in a landscape orientation.
Furthermore, while it isn’t shown in the renders, I can also confirm the Lighting port will remain and there will be will no switch to USB Type-C on the iPhone 8 despite its widespread adoption on MacBooks. The headphone jack won’t be returning either.
Perhaps the biggest talking point, however, is the home button.
Apple will almost double its size for the iPhone 8 and with Touch ID integration into the display still in doubt, the company could easily use this larger button to copy Sony and integrate Touch ID into the power button instead. This would be an unobtrusive workaround and Apple has already been granted a patent for this.
iPhone 8 has a distinct side profile thanks to a more protruding camera with this generation Nodus and Gordon Kelly
So how confident are Nodus and myself about the renders? To the extent that Nodus was happy for me to publicly disclose it as the source and reveal the company is prototyping its retail cases from them. Similar leaks saw Olixar go a step further and start selling Galaxy Note 8 cases last month.
Some iPhone 8 secrets do still remain battery capacity, camera specifications, A11 chipset performance and whether it will be as jaw droppingly expensive as expected. But when it comes to its looks, ladies, and gentlemen: this is the iPhone 8.