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iPhone 8 with OLED display to have glass back panel, iPhone 7S to stick with aluminium: Report

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The rumors and leaks surrounding Apple’s upcoming smartphones aren’t stopping anytime soon. As per the new information, the iPhone 8 which will feature a 5.8-inch OLED display will have a glass back panel.

While the iPhone 8 will feature a glass back, the iPhone 7S is said to be sticking to the traditional aluminum back. This leak for the upcoming iPhone design materials comes from Taiwanese website DigiTimes.

The report says that the upcoming Apple iPhone 8 will feature glass casing reinforced by a stainless steel frame. The report cites its sources from the supply chain, and suggests that the 5.8-inch model will sport an OLED display, which will result in an estimated cost upwards of $1,000.

On the other hand, the 4.7-inch iPhone, which is allegedly dubbed as the iPhone 7s, will continue using an aluminium-alloy chassis. The 5.8-inch iPhone 8’s metal and glass chassis will be provided by Foxconn Technology and US-based Jabil Circuit, whereas the aluminium-alloy chassis will be supplied by Catcher Technology.

So far, rumors suggest that it’s going to be a radical redesign for the iPhone, with an edge-to-edge display that does away with the top and bottom bezels. So, instead of featuring Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the front-facing camera on bezels, they may be built directly into the display, eliminating the home button.

Like iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 is also expected to be water resistant, but it may have an improved IP68 water resistance rating. Inside, the new phone is expected to have a 10-nanometer A11 chip that will be both faster and more efficient than previous iterations. The rumors suggest it could also have biometric additions like iris, facial, or gesture recognition.

Recently, Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium, which pretty much confirmed that the next-generation iPhone will support wireless charging. The company is expected to start producing the new iPhones next quarter, giving plenty of time for the rumour mill to reveal more details.

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