We’ve officially gone beyond the iPhone 8 specs and supply chain rumor phase — now we’re in full-on production photo leak territory.
New leaked images purported to be the molds used to make the new iPhone models have hit the web, surfacing first on Slashleaks. The pics give us a sneak peek at what could be the final design of the upcoming iPhone 8 — the molds fall in line with what we’re expecting from Apple in its next line of phones, and appear to be identical to other recently leaked images of a dummy version of the phone.
The images on Slashleaks aren’t the only photos of the iPhone 8 molds. Graphic designer and leaker Benjamin Geskin also posted photos of the molds, which look just like the dummy model he first shared back in April. He tweeted that the upcoming iPhone designs have been confirmed by these images — but that ultimately can’t be determined until we hear from Apple itself.
iPhone X (#iPhone8) with iPhone 7s and 7s Plus.
Form is 100% confirmed.
Touch ID in power button or display. (99% NOT on the back) pic.twitter.com/Hzj0dihcFe
— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) May 22, 2017
The molds show the three models expected from Apple in its next iPhone cycle: a 7S and 7S Plus — with the same dimensions as the current 7 and 7 Plus handsets at 4.7 and 5.5 inches, respectively —and the deluxe iPhone 8 handset measuring in the middle at around 5 inches. The 8 is expected to take advantage of an edge-to-edge design for more screen space, with a projected 5.8-inch display, but there’s no insight on the screen size from the molds, which only show the shells of the devices.
These production molds don’t show us anything we haven’t already seen from other iPhone leaks. The 7S and 7S Plus rigs have the same camera orientations as the current models, while the 8 has the expected vertically-oriented design that was teased in the photos of the dummy units.
The leaked images also suggest the next iPhone’s fingerprint sensor won’t be on the back of the device — Geskin is extremely confident Apple won’t repeat Samsung’s mistake — but, like the size of the screen, there’s no way to know from just a production mold. Geskin speculates the sensor will actually make it under the display, which has been a long held rumor, or it could be integrated into the power button on the side of the device.
These photos give the rumors of the “finalized” version of the iPhone 8 that’ve been floating around some more legitimacy, but remember, nothing about the new iPhones is set in stone — not the supposedly exorbitant price or even its name — until Apple officially unveils the upcoming devices. That probably won’t be until September, barring a shocker in June at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), so a real, 100 percent confirmation is still months away.