Forbes ‘Confirms’ iPhone 8 Design
This week Forbes contributor Gordon Kelly claims to have “exclusively confirmed” the iPhone 8 design. Having worked with a British iPhone accessory maker, Nodus, a CAD file was procured from Apple’s supply chain. Using information from this design file, a full iPhone 8 render was developed.
Apple iPhone 8 Design
Allegedly, Kelly and Nodus have incredibly well-sourced informants inside the supply chain, to make a publication like Forbes comfortable enough to release an exclusive article. Kelly notes the ‘Plan B’ option is no longer being considered, where the B iteration saw a back mounted Touch ID and lacked wireless charging capability.
Moving ahead on ‘Plan A,’ is a finalized hardware unit that is an elongated 5.8″ display with extremely thin bezels, measuring a mere 4mm. While this is thicker than some competitor devices, specifically the Samsung Galaxy Edge, it is hoped to prevent accidental input.
The bottom image confirms the headphone jack is gone for good and a lightning port ensures no need to convert your accessories to USB-C. A larger power button appears in this render which has no specific ability, other than providing a larger touch target on a longer form factor. However, Kelly speculates that if the embedded, on-screen Touch ID sensor does not come to fruition (Plan B, again?), Apple has a patent for a Touch ID option that could be included with the power button. The patent explains: “the finger biometric sensor assembly may be carried by an input device, e.g., power button, along the relative thin edge of the housing. This may allow for the display to be larger.”
Previous guesses have seen the display wrap around the earpiece and extra sensors. The Forbes render does show a similar screen, where two small screen sections extend in the top left and right corners. As the image suggests, it would make the most sense to use the display area for toolbar-inspired iconography. Consequently, there are no strange corners of the screen that apps or games would need to accommodate. However, it does leave a question mark next to landscape orientation. What happens when the iPhone is rotated on the side? Do these pixels just remain blank?
The render also includes additional sensors near the earpiece. It is rumored Apple plans two potential additions for these sensors. The handset may include some form of advanced augmented reality that relies on distance measurement, requiring non-visible light-based systems. Alternately, some still speculate a facial scan may be part of a biometric authentication system, including Touch ID, that could identify users.
Considering the source, this information is all-but-confirmed. In the past several years, when rumors and wild guesses gain traction in the blogosphere, Apple seems to not-officially-but-basically-officially confirm or leak information to the top news sources, including Bloomberg, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. Given Forbes’ source here was an accessory maker’s connections to Apply supply chain, the article does not rely on “sources familiar with the matter,” giving it a different vibe. However, it would be extremely rogue for Forbes to take such a leap of faith, just for some clicks.
Lending credibility to the not-official-but-official nature of the article, it predictably ends with a comment (read “confirmation”) on the new pricing structure. Confirming the stereotype, the article ends by getting people desensitized to price. It claims the iPhone 8 will range $1,100 to $1,200, for 128GB or 256GB models.