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A new series of images allegedly depicting upcoming iPhone components has been posted to social media, and they seem to back up previous iDrop News rumors about Apple’s 2017 devices. See the image gallery at the bottom of this page.
The images allegedly depict front and back panels for both the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 8 (also known as the iPhone X or iPhone Edition). They were shared to Reddit and Imgur by a user who obtained them from “a friend in the industry.” According to the redditor, the panels have been sent out to Chinese manufacturers over the last week. While we can’t independently confirm the authenticity of the images, the front and back panels do look legitimate — and the iPhone 8 back panel even has the legally mandated regulatory information required in some countries.
The iPhone 8 panel features an edge-to-edge and top-to-bottom glass for the device’s display, which wraps all the way around a sensor bar for the camera and earpiece. This corroborates previous iDrop News iPhone X renders that depicted a similar design. The rear panel also features a vertically oriented cutout for a dual-lens camera setup. Most notably, the back panel also lacks any type of cutout for a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner — suggesting that Apple has decided to go with a display-embedded Touch ID system for the final product. The back panel is also made of glass, which is a requirement for Apple’s highly anticipated adoption of wireless charging for the iPhone 8.
For the alleged iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus back panels, we see a standard horizontally oriented camera cutout. It’s worth noting that, due to the protective covering, we can’t see whether the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will feature a rear-mounted Touch ID cutout. According to the redditor, the back panels for all three devices are glass — and the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus devices will also supposedly receive wireless charging capabilities, as well.
Last week, insider reports via Twitter corroborated rumors that the upcoming flagship iPhone would feature a dual-lens camera setup, wireless charging, and advanced biometric security scanners. Today’s leaked images also back up rumors of display-embedded Touch ID, the configuration we believe Apple will ultimately adopt for its flagship iPhone despite reports to the contrary.
[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]