iPhone 8 schematic and sketches reveal 3D cameras and no home button

 techradar.com  04/07/2017 09:30:20   James Rogerson

There are a lot of iPhone 8 rumors, but not a lot of images of the phone, and while we still don’t have any photos we do now have a schematic and a series of sketches, showing what it might look like.

The schematic is apparently based on a prototype – so could be subject to change – and was leaked by @VenyaGeskin1, who accurately leaked the Samsung Galaxy S8 ahead of its announcement.

The image isn’t annotated, but we can see that there’s an all-screen front with no home button, suggesting that the fingerprint scanner is built into the screen, as has been rumored.

iPhone 8/iPhone X schematic (credit: @VenyaGeskin1)

It also shows a repositioned rear camera, with dual lenses that are lined up vertically rather than horizontally like they are on the iPhone 7 Plus.

The buttons on the edge appear laid out slightly differently too, but the schematic shows an otherwise somewhat similar design to the iPhone 7, complete with antenna bands running along the top and bottom and two speaker grilles on the bottom edge.

The only other obvious change is that there seem to be extra sensors above the display, which could mean there’s an iris scanner, or perhaps a 3D camera.

Sketchy sketches

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That second suggestion is given extra weight by another leak from the same source, this time in the form of several sketches, supposedly also based on a prototype and drawn by a factory worker.

Although low quality, they show the same design as the schematic, and this time they’re annotated (albeit not in English), but apparently they say that both the front and rear cameras are 3D in some way. 

Which, given Apple’s apparent work on augmented reality projects, is believable, with the camera potentially being able to add 3D effects to images, or map your face in 3D so you can use facial recognition to unlock your phone.

We’d take all of this with a pinch of salt, as even if the images are accurate plans could change, but they’re from a source with a solid track record and largely match other rumors we’ve heard, so this could be a real glimpse of Apple’s next flagship.

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