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April 24, 2017

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Photos purportedly showing an iPhone 8 dummy model have been leaked online, and if real, they confirm several features that analysts have been speculating about, including a curved glass front and back.

The photos — leaked on Twitter by Benjamin Geskin, who claims to have a source with connections to the Apple supplier Foxconn — suggest that a big update to the iPhone 7 could be on the way. It's worth stressing, however, that there's no way of knowing for certain whether the images are legitimate.

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They show multiple iPhone devices with an edge-to-edge glass screen and no obviously identifiable home button. They also appear to have a polished stainless-steel chassis that looks similar in some respects to that of the original iPhone, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Several of the photos show a device with a dual-camera system on the back that sits in its own designated rectangle. There are separate volume buttons and a mute switch on the left side of the phone as well as a power button and a tray for the sim card on the right, just like on today's iPhone models. One noticeable difference is that the power switch appears to be slightly longer.

The lack of Touch ID hardware on the front or the back of the dummy model suggests that Apple might be considering integrating its Touch ID sensor under the display, according to the Apple website 9to5mac.

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Most of the photos show a device with no Apple logo, but that could be a deliberate move by Apple and its suppliers to preserve secrecy.

Geskin also published what he says is a leaked schematic diagram showing which components will sit under the screen of the iPhone 8. Components include a new a noise-reduction microphone in the area dedicated to the dual camera. 

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Apple refuses to comment on iPhone rumours such as this one.

Here's the latest update on what to expect from Apple's redesigned iPhone, which is expected to launch this autumn, via my colleague Kif Leswing:

  • One new model could have a screen that covers almost the entire front of the device. The iPhone's screen, using OLED technology for the first time, could be as large as the screen on the iPhone 7 Plus but would fit into an iPhone 7-size phone.
  • The double-lens camera on the coming redesigned iPhone could be oriented vertically instead of horizontally, as on the iPhone 7 Plus. The front-facing camera might also gain a second lens.
  • Apple plans to use faster chips using a "10-nanometer process" that improves efficiency over the "16-nanometer process" Apple currently uses for its processors.
  • The latest prototype of the redesigned iPhone 8 uses slightly curved glass on the front and back and is "similar conceptually" to the iPhone 4.
  • Two other new models could use the same screen technology and sizes as the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.

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