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iPhone 8 is on Schedule, May Only Come in 3 Color Choices, Including a New One

KGI’s Ming Chi Kuo is at it again, and this time, at least one of his his predictions may have already been proven true. Kuo claims the iPhone 8 will be released in September, alongside the iPhone 7s, on schedule. Apple may have had to sacrifice features, such as an under-display fingerprint scanner, but with that aside, they’ve been able to secure production for a timely release. However, we can’t yet know if demand will outpace Apple’s supply, as it seems there may be shortages of Apple’s newest iPhone.

Beyond the usual release date, Kuo claims the iPhone will come in three distinct colors. The iPhone 7s comes in five, jet black, matte black, gold, rose gold, silver, and red. The last is my favorite finish, but is unfortunately marred by a white face plate. Also unfortunate, is that there will be no red iPhone 8, at least not at launch. However, Apple will introduce a new gold finish, a copper gold, which will replace the other varieties of gold. In some way, it’s almost a combination of all the finishes besides silver and black/gray that the iPhone has come in. The iPhone 8 will come in black, white, and copper gold.

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Apple Showed us the iPhone 8

It’s not often Apple leaks the next iPhone themselves. Once, an engineer forgot his iPhone 4 prototype in a bar, it was picked up and sold to a blog, who posted photos of it online. Apple went one step further this time, mistakenly releasing firmware for the Apple HomePod earlier than expected, which contained information on the new iPhone. Lots of information, it would turn out. Apple confirmed many rumors surrounding the iPhone 8, including its form factor, the size and shape of the screen, the resolution of the screen, the lack of a home button, facial recognition, AI powered cameras, and more. That photo above? That’s directly from Apple. That’s the iPhone 8.

Apple may as well have revealed the thing already.

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Supposed iPhone 8 Dummy Unit Shown off in Video

Rumors about the iPhone 8, expected this fall, have stated the same things for months. It’ll have a nearly bezel-less design, a stainless steel frame and glass back, the camera orientation will change to allow for better augmented reality in landscape orientation, and it’ll be about the same size as the iPhone 7. Of course, it’s also expected to have a faster processor and maybe even improved battery life. Maybe. Leaked schematics, supposedly either from inside one of Apple’s factories or through a case maker, have lead to physical dummy units used by case manufacturers to ensure their cases fit properly. One of those dummy units was given to a blogger from a case manufacturer, and he created an extensive video showing off the dummy unit, comparing it to the iPhone 7, and showing it with a few cases. 


This might not actually be an iPhone 8, but it looks great! Check out the video below. 
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KGI: iPhone 8 to Feature Greatest Screen to Body Ratio, but no Touch ID?

KGI’s analyst Ming Chi Kuo has a decent enough track record. One estimate places his accuracy for iPhone leaks at 44%, which is not bad for the industry. His latest information on the iPhone is likely sourced from suppliers of iPhone 8 parts, though he (hopefully) has incomplete information. On one hand, he’s come with some good news: the iPhone 8 will have the greatest screen to body ratio of any smartphone on the market today. It’s hard to imagine anyone beating the phenomenal screen on the Samsung Galaxy S8, but the S8 screen doesn’t cover the entire device, though it seems to. There’s a portion at the top of the device for the front facing camera, earpiece, and other front facing sensors. On the bottom, there’s a symmetrical bezel. The iPhone, if current leaks are to be believed, won’t have that. Instead, there will be a cutout on the screen for the front facing cameras and sensors, and no need for a symmetrical bezel on the bottom of the phone. Though the S8’s screen may wrap around the phone slightly on each side, this won’t be enough to beat out the iPhone’s large but flat screen. The screen will be 5.8″ in size, but will have a function area, like the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar, which will make the usable screen space about 5.2″. The device will be only slightly larger than the iPhone 7.

What was Samsung thinking?

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is far from perfect. Annoyances in Samsung’s customized version of Android is the biggest detractor. However, there’s one major problem with the otherwise wonderful hardware: the fingerprint sensor. Samsung placed this on the back of the phone, directly next to the camera, meaning a right handed person will likely smudge up their camera lens every time they unlock their device. There’s no space on the front of the device, clearly, and Samsung thought this was the best spot on the back of the device for the sensor. According to Ming Chi Kuo, Apple will fix their Touch ID problem in a different way: omitting it altogether. But if Apple does that, will the iPhone still be worth purchasing?
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Case Molds Compare iPhone 8 Size to iPhone 7

Molds used to shape cases for future devices never come directly from Apple. Apple gives measurements to case manufacturers, and they make their cases to the precise specifications. Often, they’ll use molds like the ones pictured above for testing their cases out. With the detailed leaked schematics that have been floating around, one Weibo (Chinese Twitter, essentially) user leaked their molds for the iPhone 7s Plus, iPhone 8, and iPhone 7s. We can’t be certain that these are definitely based on the design for the iPhone 8, but if the leaks have been accurate, this leak shows, for the first time, the size comparison between Apple’s new device and their older designs. 
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Physical Mockup Shows the iPhone 8’s Design

These photos reveal yet another iPhone 8 mockup, this one in physical form, based on leaked schematics. We can see similar design elements across leaks now, and it’s starting to look like Apple has finalized their designs. There’s an edge to edge screen, stainless steel sides (which will likely be painted black to make the iPhone look like one seamless piece of glass), the vertical dual camera array, 2.5D curved glass on the front and back, and even that weird elongated screen lock button. There’s also no sign of a Touch ID sensor on the back of the device (see below), and of course, there’s no headphone jack present. However, there is one worrying design trend with a majority of these leaks, something that almost ruins the excitement for me: it still looks just like an iPhone 6 without a home button.
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10.5 inch iPad Pro Could Be Revealed Early Next Month

The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is Apple’s chance to reveal their new operating systems and software that developers can use to make new apps and services. Huge changes come to iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, as well as the tools we use to make apps for these platforms, like Xcode. Apple has also occasionally used this as an event to introduce new products. These are rarely hardware focused events, but if Apple’s introducing new hardware that developers will have to change their apps for (or create completely new apps), then it’s a good time for a reveal. Apple has revealed new iPhone models, Macs, Intel integration, and more at these events. While WWDC keynotes are typically focused on new software for developers to leverage, they do occasionally introduce new products or product categories. That’s where this latest rumor comes from. Apple didn’t completely overhaul their iPad lineup in the spring as they usually do. Instead, they introduced a new low cost 9.7″ iPad and stopped selling older models. The current 9.7″ iPad Pro (review) was released in March of 2016. The 12.9″ iPad Pro was released in November of 2015. The iPad mini was released in September of 2015. These are devices that have gone more than a year, almost two for the iPad mini, without even a modest spec bump. Apple’s products are due for an update, and if Apple’s revealing a new leap forward for the iPad Pro, WWDC, starting on June 5th, may be the perfect time to do it. 
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