first_imgThe iPhone 8 rumor mill has been churning since last fall, when reports tipped a zirconia ceramic casing and 5.8-inch OLED panel.Now, ahead of the traditional autumnal unveiling, plans for Apple’s 10th-anniversary smartphone design have been “confirmed.”According to Forbes contributor Gordon Kelly, the iPhone 8 will, in fact, feature an “elongated and enlarged” 5.8-inch display, with a cutout on top for the front-facing camera and sensors. via Nodus and Gordon KellyThanks to his friends at case designer Nodus, Kelly snagged CAD (computer-aided design) files for the next-gen handset.“We have rendered these to visualize the final design, and I can confirm that, despite problems, fears Apple would fall back on a less ambitious ‘Plan B’ are unfounded,” he wrote on Sunday, alongside a series of images.Highlighting a new device “like no other iPhone,” Kelly hinted at an Android-like vertical rear camera setup—intended to support Cupertino’s drive into augmented reality, “where horizontally aligned cameras are more effective, and the phone is expected to be held in a landscape orientation,” the reporter said.via Nodus and Gordon KellyAnd while this release will not see the return of the headphone jack, Kelly vouched for the prevailing Lightning port; there will be no switch to USB Type-C just yet (despite the company’s adoption of the new tech in its MacBooks).The latest design, meanwhile, does away with the chunky bezels—and, perhaps most notably, the physical home button—to which iUsers are so accustomed.At least one aspect of the upcoming smartphone remains a mystery: Will Apple integrate Touch ID into the display, or copy Sony and merge it with the seemingly enlarged power button (for which Cupertino already has a patent).via Nodus and Gordon KellyOther iPhone 8 secrets include battery capacity, camera specifications, A11 chipset performance, and pricing.“But when it comes to its looks, ladies and gentlemen: This is the iPhone 8,” Kelly said.Apple did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.Don’t expect to unwrap a new iPhone this holiday season, though: A flurry of reports this week suggest delays to the device lineup—to the extent that production on the flagship phone won’t even start until November or December.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

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