New photos claim to reveal final design of ‘real iPhone 8’


Is this what the iPhone 8 will look like?
Is this what the iPhone 8 will look like?
Photo: BGR

The internet has become awash with apparent iPhone 8 schematics and fan-made mockups in recent months, but these images claim to reveal the final design of a real device in all its glory.

The design looks familiar, proving previous leaks were right on the money, with glass panels flanking the front and back of the device, a redesigned iSight camera module, and a shiny metal frame that holds everything together.

At first glance, this iPhone looks just like its predecessors — but there are some glaring differences that signal big changes are coming to celebrate the handset’s tenth anniversary this year.

The same 2.5D curved glass can be found on the front of this supposed iPhone 8, but its physical Touch ID button is clearly absent. There’s no space for a Home button on the back of the device, either, which suggests Apple will indeed integrate a fingerprint scanner beneath the handset’s display.

Just like iPhone 7 Plus, this device appears to have two rear-facing camera sensors for optical zoom and cool portrait photo effects. But this time around, they’re positioned differently, with one lens above the other rather than by its side.

iPhone 8 final design
Apple appears to have made its power button bigger.
Photo: BGR

A stainless steel frame surrounds the device, keeping everything together and providing structural integrity — and unlike the aluminum unibodies we’re used to today, it is polished for a shiny finish. It incorporates a volume rocker and mute switch on its left side, and a bigger power key on the right.

Apple has previously offered polished surfaces on iPhone, but it moved away from them, presumably because they scratched too easily. It’s unclear whether it will take any steps to make the iPhone 8’s stainless steel frame more robust and less prone to picking up scuffs.

Sadly, this isn’t a functioning iPhone 8, according to BGRso we don’t get to see it powered on. That means it’s hard to tell whether or not the handset has an OLED display, or whether its screen is bigger than that of the iPhone 7 — as many rumors have suggested.

The images certainly look convincing, but it’s important to remember that we don’t have confirmation this device was made by one of Apple’s manufacturing partners. It could simply be a third-party mockup based on recent rumors, rather than confirmation of the iPhone 8’s design.


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