iPhone 8 release date is purportedly scheduled mid-September.
The rumour mill points to Apple launching three new iPhone models this year – iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S, and an all-new anniversary model, dubbed iPhone 8.
iPhone 7S and 7S Plus will be iterative updates with only modest changes, including wireless charging, improved cameras, faster processor and a new rear panel design, made from a single sheet of glass.
Meanwhile, Apple iPhone 8 – also rumoured to be marketed as iPhone Pro or iPhone X – will pull-out all the stops.
The next-generation iPhone will purportedly introduce a new edge-to-edge OLED display design, dropping the physical Home Button and Touch ID sensor to extend the screen to the very edge of the chassis.
Apple looks set to replace its Touch ID fingerprint scanner system in favour of face scanning, which some sources believe is faster and more secure than the former.
Previous rumours suggest the iPhone 8 will include OIS, Optical Image Stabilisation, for both lens used in the rear dual-camera set-up – something missing from the telephoto lens in the iPhone 7 Plus.
It is also expected to ship with True Tone, a technology that Apple debuted with its 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and ProMotion, which launched this year with the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
The latest leaked hardware from the supply chain also suggests the iPhone 8 will ship in a gaudy new Copper Gold colour.
Unconfirmed photographs shared on social network Weibo depict the possible new finish.
It’s unclear whether the devices in the leaked photo are dummies, replicas created by a third-party, or genuine iPhone models.
Previous rumours have hinted that Apple could drop its Rose Gold finish.
It’s certainly interesting to see the Cupertino-based company shaking things up a bit and trying out some new colour schemes for its best-selling gadget.
However, from the looks of this photo, the Copper Gold might not be the best-looking thing to leave Sir Jony Ive’s prestigious design studio.
Hours before the purported leak, a Foxconn vice president shared an update on his public social feed that appeared to confirm rumours the iPhone 8 will not be cheap.
According to the post by Luo Zhongsheng, the significantly higher price tag of the so-called iPhone 8 is due to the low yields of OLED displays (around a 40 per cent failure rate) predominantly due to the notch design of the panels.
Low yields is something Apple has purportedly struggled with throughout the iPhone 8 manufacturing process.
He predicts the iPhone 8 will be not be sold cheaply to make up for these higher manufacturing costs.
The post has since been pulled from Weibo, but a rough translation of the original text is as follows – “The OLED yield is only 60%! It looks like difficulty of special-shaped cutting is indeed great, the cost will not be cheap. Estimated iPhone 8 is not cheap.”
This is not the first time Zhongsheng has spoken about his work online.
Posts on Weibo from July 27th explicitly discusses how technology companies are now trying to make bezel-less phones.
The executive also corroborates supply chain reports the OLED panel in the new iPhone is built by Samsung Display, technology blog 9To5Mac has reported.