Alleged ‘working’ iPhone 8 appears in sketchy video

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Sleuths discover an iPhone 8 icon in HomePod firmware.
Is this our first look at a real iPhone 8?
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The first working iPhone 8 unit has apparently been captured on film just one week ahead of its official debut. The incredibly short and sketchy video shows what looks like a handset with an edge-to-edge screen running a new version of iOS.

Thanks to a growing list of leaks — some of which came from Apple itself — we already know what the iPhone 8 will look like. Now, just a week before its official unveiling, we may have footage of a working handset out in the wild.

A short video posted on Reddit shows what looks like a next-generation Apple handset running a new version of iOS with a redesigned dock — similar to that on the iPad Pro in iOS 11. It features the edge-to-edge display with “notch” that we’ve been expecting.

There’s no sign of any virtual buttons at the bottom of the screen, but the status bar has been split to accommodate the new display, with time appearing on the left side, and status indicators for things like cellular signal, Wi-Fi, and battery life on the right.

Much of the video is blurred to hide the social media profile that’s shown, and it has been filmed in the dark. This makes the whole thing incredibly sketchy, and suggests it’s likely a fake, rather than a real, working iPhone 8.

Whatever the case may be, this is what we expect a working iPhone 8 to look like. We’ll find out for certain on September 12 when Apple makes its next-generation iPhone lineup official.

  • Duel

    It has wrong app open animation, Apple changed it with iOS11 to make it suit better for those upcoming iPhone rounded corners. Apps open with rounded corners so it smoothly transform to screen edges, in this video app open animation has that old boxy look.

    Also what you even have to use these days to get this bad video quality? When video is very bad quality it usually means it’s fake, because then it’s easier to hide the editing.

  • Jay

    Grainy video, split statusbar, device responsiveness, screen size, all looks pretty legit.. had it been clearer video it would have possibly revealed the users identity..

  • BooHoo

    It’s an iPhone 8! quick, get your most crappy low resoultion camera out!

  • Henry Schmitt

    It has wrong app open animation, Apple changed it with iOS11 to make it suit better for those upcoming iPhone rounded corners. Apps open with rounded corners so it smoothly transform to screen edges, in this video app open animation has that old boxy look.Also what you even have to use these days to get this bad video quality? When video is very bad quality it usually means it’s fake, because then it’s easier to hide the editing.

  • Louka

    Grainy video, split statusbar, device responsiveness, screen size, all looks pretty legit.. had it been clearer video it would have possibly revealed the users identity..