New iPhone 8 Renders Highlight Glass Rear Panel, Two Display Sizes May Be Offered

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The iPhone 8 speculation train is well underway and it shows no signs of slowing down until the flagship smartphone is officially unveiled later this year. Today, we’re getting a glimpse at new renders of the smartphone which are reportedly based on highly-detailed, leaked CAD files.

According to Engadget, which is presenting these renders, its source is highly credible and this perhaps gives us our best look at what Apple has in store for us. The renders confirm the vertically-oriented rear camera setup that has been rumored for the past few months. Despite the fact that the iPhone 8 is said to gain a little in thickness compared to the iPhone 7 (we’re hoping to beef up the battery), the camera “hump” remains. That hump is said to house a dual-lens camera setup, LED flash and a microphone.

Latching on to previous reports, the back panel of the iPhone 8 is said to be constructed of glass, which allows the device to support wireless charging. Fueling this rumor is the fact that Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium – the group behind the Qi wireless standard -- back in February.

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In addition to the aforementioned increase in thickness, the iPhone 8’s dimensions suggest that it will also be wider and taller than its predecessor. Interestingly, this new report also alleges that the iPhone 8 will be available in two screen sizes (previous reports had suggested that the smartphone would only be available in a 5.2-inch form-factor). Instead of a single screen size, the iPhone 8 will reportedly be available with either a 5-inch or 5.8-inch display.

The iPhone 8 is expected to incorporate an Apple A11 processor with at least 3GB of RAM, an edge-to-edge OLED display and under-the-display Touch ID. An analyst last week suggested that the smartphone could start at a hefty $999 with 128GB of storage onboard.

The iPhone 8, however, won’t be the only new smartphone announced by Apple this year. The company will likely also reveal a slightly revised iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.