According to Nikkei Asian Review, Apple is planning to bring three variants of iPhone 8 with screen sizes of 4.7-inch, 5-inch and, of course, 5.5-inch. But is Apple ready to ditch the aluminum design in favor of a glass back that will be reportedly provided by Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology?
The upcoming iPhone 8 won’t have a full glass body, as its front and back will be hold together by a metal frame that will be delivered by Foxconn, Catcher Technology (China) and Jabil (the US). Apple has asked help from the Chinese rivals because they are able to secure orders for this component, as they are way ahead with their technology.
In addition, the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus might have an OLED display delivered by Samsung, Sharp, and LG, while the other two models will continue to use the same low-temperature poly-silicon technology as the iPhone 7. However, their designs will change for sure and there are rumors saying that they will receive dual lens cameras likewise the current Plus-sized model.
If you ask us, we don’t think that Apple will build a 5-inch iPhone 8 model, but it may be a different device that Nikkei Asian Review’s source has got it wrong. Maybe this third phone will never be release, or maybe it’s another SE variant that will be related to the iPhone 7 and which is predicted to arrive in March 2017.
Other rumors claim that there will be two new color options: Deep Blue and Space Black, while the Japanese site Macotakara has posted an image of what seems to the iPhone 7 SIM trays in five colors: Silver, Space Grey, Rose Gold, Gold and a new shiny black finish.
It seems that Apple has been awarded a new US Patent 9,466,653 which covers the embedding of light sensors within the layers of a display, which suggests that the bezels above and below the screen will no longer be needed. “In a typical device, a light sensor is laterally displaced from an active display region of the display along a front face of the device. Additional space is therefore provided in common devices at the top, bottom, or side of the active display area to accommodate the light sensor. This can result in an undesirable increase in the size and weight of the device, if care is not taken, displays may be bulky or may be surrounded by overly large borders. It would therefore be desirable to be able to provide improved electronic devices with light sensors and displays,” said Apple.