Leak Reveals Big Changes for iPhone 8

No more home button, for one
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2017 3:33 AM CDT
Leak Reveals Big Changes for iPhone 8
A person takes a photo of an Apple logo before an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

We now have the best idea yet of how Apple's iPhone will be updated in its 10th anniversary edition. The final version of iOS 11 leaked over the weekend, apparently confirming the pricey iPhone 8 will get rid of its home button in favor of a bezel-free display with a virtual home bar, reports Forbes. The OLED display will, however, have a "notch" at the top for an improved front-facing camera, allowing for Face ID, a facial recognition replacement to Touch ID. A 18.5:9 aspect ratio, 2436 x 1125 pixel resolution, True Tone Display, enlarged power button, new 3D sensors, and wireless charging capabilities are also to be included in the new phone, to be unveiled Tuesday along with what is rumored to be a new Apple Watch.

But just how reliable is this leaked information? On his website, Apple commentator John Gruber suggests it can be believed since the leak appears to have been "a deliberate malicious act by a rogue Apple employee." Gruber notes "more surprises were spoiled by this leak than any leak in Apple history" and "I'm nearly certain this wasn't a mistake." The leak also confirmed Apple will release three new iPhone versions. TechCrunch describes these as the top-tier iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus, while Forbes and CNET put the names as the iPhone 8 (perhaps called the iPhone X), iPhone 7S, and 7S Plus. CNET adds that the new iPhone 7 models may come with new color options, wireless charging capabilities, and generally faster components. (More Apple stories.)

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