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iPhone 8 production line revealed in new videos

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One of Foxconn's many factories, where devices like the iPhone are built.
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For most of us, the iPhone 8 will arrive in a pristine box, as if it materialized out of nowhere to land in our local Apple store.

Things are a bit different if you’re working on the iPhone production line, however. Two new videos give us a glimpse of what that looks like, as Foxconn employees work on the iPhone 8 rear shells. Check out the videos, which showed up on Chinese social media, below.

Inside Foxconn

Foxconn has been outspoken about its desire to replace large numbers of workers with robots. Still, as can be seen in the videos, large numbers of people still toil at iPhone manufacturing.

For an insight into what it’s like to do this job, you can check out this article about an NYU graduate student’s six-week stint working on an iPhone assembly line in China. Foxconn is currently in the process of opening its first U.S. factories.

There’s very little that can be learned from these videos about the next-gen iPhones. However, they seem to contradict a previous report showing allegedly leaked photos of iPhone 8 handsets in Foxconn packaging — complete with rear-mounted Touch ID sensors. Most other reports have indicated that the new iPhone will come with facial recognition technology that will unlock the device.

At this stage, iPhone 8 manufacturing is well underway. In addition to the facial recognition technology, other notable improvements likely include an edge-to-edge OLED display, a redesigned chassis, an upgraded camera, a faster A11 chip and more.

The iPhone 8 will likely be revealed next month, alongside the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus handsets.

Via: Benjamin Geskin/Twitter