Alleged iPhone 8 Prototype Unit Shown on Video


A video showing an alleged iPhone 8 prototype has made its way to the internet. While the authenticity of the video cannot be verified, the prototype unit in the video does seem to match up to CAD drawings and renders that we have seen so far.

The prototype iPhone 8 unit in the video features an all-glass front and back, with the rear also featuring a vertical dual camera setup. The dummy unit in the video lacks a home button at the front and a Touch ID cutout at the rear thereby hinting that the scanner is integrated into the display. The front also has a bezel-less look, with minimal bezels surrounding the 5.8-inch display.

There is no Apple logo on the rear of the handset, so this prototype seems to be made from drawings and renders based on early leaks. It’s still unclear if the technology required to integrate the Touch ID scanner into the display on the iPhone 8 is ready for prime time or not. While Apple has developed its own solution, its vendors have been struggling to produce the required components with acceptable yield rates. Other leaks surrounding the iPhone 8 have shown a cut-out at the rear for the Touch ID scanner, which is where Apple is likely to include the fingerprint scanner if it fails to prepare the embedded Touch ID scanner in time.

The iPhone 8 is expected to come with an all-glass design with a stainless steel chassis. The front of the phone will have a bezel-less design similar to what we have seen on the Galaxy S8 and LG G6. Unlike Samsung though, Apple will not be using a curved OLED display. Instead, only the cover glass on the phone will be curved similar to what is found on the existing iPhones. The handset is also expected to feature wireless charging, fast wired charging, and a revolutionary 3D selfie camera that will be used for some kind of biometric authentication.

With only a few months left for the iPhone 8 to launch, we are bound to see more such leaks in the coming weeks and months. Many of them will be from new and unverified sources, so they should be taken with a pinch of salt.

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