Bloomberg details new iPhone 8 design, says release may be delayed


The tenth anniversary iPhone model, according to Bloomberg's Apple guru Mark Gurman, will not have a curved OLED display but instead will have curved glass on both the front and back.

According to this same report, the Cupertino giant has nearly finalized the design aspect of the iPhone 8, which is scheduled to launch in September.

For its redesigned phone, Apple has tested multiple prototypes with manufacturing partners in Asia, including some versions that use curved glass and stainless steel, according to one of the people.

As posted by Sonny Dickson on Twitter, this schematic shows an opening for a fingerprint scanner on the backside of the device, which suggests that Apple's plan to build it into the display is a no-go.

If you thought the iPhone 7 camera was phenomenal, Apple might take things up a notch by giving the iPhone 8's front-facing camera dual lenses. Almost all of those rumors agree that Apple will sell two minor iPhone 7 upgrades that could be known as the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus to complement a bigger update in the third model.

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Some reports have stated that the iPhone 8 will have a curved OLED sheet. But there is also an idea that the iPhone 8 would sport a small invisible screen on the back that displays notifications. On the other hand, the design is said to be more subtle than what Samsung did with their Galaxy S8, just running slightly over the phone's edge and into the phone's new steel frame.

Read the full report on Bloomberg. The report notes that because there will be supply constraints; the purported device is unlikely to be available until one or two months after the official announcement. The components might also include a proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, small microphone, front camera and the rumored 3D sensor.

The glass and steel sandwich design is something that Apple has earlier experimented with in the past with its iPhone 4.

The design features of the iPhone 8 mentioned by the sources are similar to previous rumors. It's also mooted to feature a vertically-aligned iSight Duo dual camera system. Apple has historically clung to a "tick-tock" release schedule, in which it releases major iPhone design changes every two years.