Apple iPhone 8 Components Leak Gives Fresh Look At Front And Rear Glass Panels

More leaked images of what is purported to be the iPhone 8 have found their way to the web. The latest batch comes courtesy of a Reddit forum member who claims to have received the snapshots from a "friend in the industry." According to the unnamed friend, manufacturers in China received front and back panels of the unreleased iPhone 8 last week, presumably so they could start making compatible accessories, such as iPhone 8 cases.

Here is a look at what is supposed to be the front and back panels of the iPhone 8:

iPhone 8 Front and Back Panel

One of the things that is notable in the above shot is how thin the bezel is on the iPhone 8. There is hardly any bezel visible at all on the sides, bottom, and top of the handset. You can also make out a top bar section that will likely give residence to the front-facing camera, speaker, and microphone. The top bar is consistent with some previously leaked renderings, though there have also been pictures showing the bar extending the length of the iPhone 8 as well.

The rear panel has a vertical cutout for Apple's dual-lens camera system, which has long been a rumored feature of the iPhone 8. It also shows Apple's iconic logo and branding. One thing that is not visible, however, is a Touch ID sensor. If this image really does represent a finalized design, then it would seem that Apple has figured out a way to integrate (or replace) its Touch ID sensor into the display of the device. That would be a bragging point over Samsung, which has struggled to do the same.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 8

The other image shows the iPhone 8 sitting next to two other models. These are supposedly the 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus. Previous rumors suggested that Apple will launch all three models at the same time, with the iPhone 8 separating itself from the pack with an OLED display and other features.

While it is tough to discern from the photos, all three handsets seem to sport glass backsides. The design would help the iPhone models to support wireless charging, which the person who posted the pictures claims is a feature present in all three.

The iPhone 8 will be Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone model. Apple has been criticized in the past for not showing enough innovation when releasing new iPhone models, and the pressure is on to make the iPhone 8 worthy of an anniversary device. It will undoubtedly be faster than previous models and come with camera improvements. However, having an OLED display and integrated Touch ID sensor would go a long way towards quieting critics who might view the iPhone 8 as just another incremental upgrade.