New Concept Renders Show iPhone 8 with Glass Back and Steel Chassis

A designer has reimagined the iPhone 8 with a brand new design, sporting a combination of steel and glass on the sides and the back.

This design brings back the stainless steel and glass body of the iPhone 4/4s, which was widely popular among Apple enthusiasts. However, Apple has switched to aluminum since the iPhone 5 and this tradition has remained until the most recent iPhones, i.e. the iPhone 7 / 7 Plus. So it will be quite a shift by Apple to reintroduce the popular design combination with the iPhone 8 this year.

The designer here has changed the placement of the rear cameras which are now located vertically rather than horizontally, something that previous rumors have spoken about as well. There’s a Smart Connector on the back similar to the iPad Pro. This particular aspect hasn’t been rumored before, so it’s likely that the designer just added this feature for posterity. It was previously believed that the iPhone 7 Plus would have a Smart Connector on board, which was proven to be false subsequently. So perhaps Apple will use this with the next gen iPhone.

As discussed in other leaks, the front panel doesn’t have a dedicated home button. Reports have mentioned that Apple will embed the fingerprint scanner within the display panel, with Synaptics already building a sensor capable of this.

What do you think of these renders? Should Apple use this design with the iPhone 8.

[Via Behance]