A series of images were leaked claiming to show molds of Apple’s upcoming 2017 iPhone 8, providing a potential look at the relative sizes of the rumored new devices. Apple is expected to announce three new iPhone models this year 2 LCD-based “S” cycle upgrades to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, alongside a radically redesigned tenth-anniversary “iPhone 8” with an edge-to-edge OLED display.
The Apple iPhone 8 – in the middle – with a rumored screen diagonal of 5.8″ is slightly wider and taller than the iPhone 7s and narrower and shorter than the iPhone 7s Plus. Another aspect of the device is the vertical dual camera, we’ve already seen on a purported dummy iPhone. As per rumours Apple will move to a vertical setup due to the narrower body of the new phone.
Apple could unveil the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, similar in size to the current 7 and 7 Plus, alongside an anniversary iPhone 8 with an OLED screen and 3D-sensing front camera. The iPhone 7s and 7s Plus will reportedly launch earlier with the iPhone 8 due for a late October release in limited quantity.
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Sources suggest the company could resort to placing the sensor on the back of the handset, like on the Samsung Galaxy S8, but most agree this would be an inferior implementation compared to Touch ID’s current front-facing location on the home button. The side-on view offers another take on the relative dimensions, and also reveals a longer power button on the OLED iPhone in the middle. The appearance of the longer button in previous dummy images has led to speculation that it could act as a fingerprint recognition surface if Apple can’t implement Touch ID into the OLED display. Rumors say Apple has struggled to overcome the challenges involved in such a feat, but details are still sketchy.