The iPhone 8 leaks are showing up more and more on the net as we approach the presumed release date of the iconic smartphone. We heard rumors about Apple struggling to deliver the iPhone by September, wireless charging difficulties and the touch id sensor being placed on the back of the device. We hope all those are wrong. Here’s what we found out in the past 3 days.
The iPhone 8 Performance specs leaked
Twitter user “Ice Universe” posted on Thursday night a leak that seems too good to be true. We can’t guarantee the accuracy of this information but we sure hope it’s true. Ice Universe, who got his start on Weibo but often now posts on Twitter as well, has a decent track record in line with some of the other more popular mobile leakers out there these days. In the past, he posted plenty of info and images that have turned out to be genuine.
He tweeted that Apple’s upcoming new A11 chip that will power the iPhone 8 will likely be clocked at 3GHz. He also said the iPhone 8’s A11 processor will feature Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) technology, which allows all of a processor’s physical cores to be utilized simultaneously. On Thursday night, the leaker followed up with a new tweet that seemingly reveals preliminary benchmark test results for the A11.
The first number in each of the test results Ice Universe posted represents the single-core result, while the second number represents the results of the Geekbench 4 multi-core test. In this case, he says Apple’s new A11 chip destined for the iPhone 8 scored between 4300 and 4600 in single core testing, and between 7000 and 8500 in multi-core tests. He notes that the two sets of results differ because the A11 was set at different clock speeds for each test.
iPhone 8 user guide leaked
An image of the iPhone 8 Sim tray user guide was posted online on the Chinese social media site Weibo. It shows only one page from an alleged iPhone 8 user guide — this page has an image of the front of the phone and the SIM card going in.
What the phone sketch shows us is the layout of the front face of the phone. It’s a design we have seen before: minimal bezel around the edge, a screen that goes all the way down and takes the place of the Home button, and a cutout for sensors along the top.
That cutout is probably the most contentious part of the design. We’re pretty certain at this point that the iPhone 8 will use an edge-to-edge OLED screen, which takes out the Home button and Touch ID sensor. This confirms the previous 3D leaked design of the iPhone 8. We don’t really like the top cut out of this design and hopefully, this is not the actual iPhone 8 design.
iPhone 8 specs and design hints found in HomePod firmware
One iOS developer has looked into the firmware and discovered that it also contains hints of what we can expect for other devices. Most importantly, the firmware includes numerous references to infrared face detection within the BiometricKit framework that is currently home to Touch ID authentication, supporting claims that the iPhone 8 will support facial recognition. Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has also confirmed these discoveries.
Within BiometricKit are new “FaceDetect” methods addressing such circumstances as faces being too close or too far from the camera, the presence of multiple faces, and more. Other references point to infrared capture in BiometricKit, pointing toward the rumored infrared sensors on the front of the iPhone being involved in capturing images for authentication, rather than using visible light through a traditional camera.
That’s all the information from last few days on the iPhone 8. Apple is planning to release the iPhone 8 in September this year in addition to iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus and it will feature an OLED display, Wireless Charging and Face Recognition. So far all these are rumors and nobody really knows how the iPhone 8 will look like. Stay tuned for more news on the iPhone 8.