The French gadget leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, who goes by OnLeaks on Twitter, posted a rendered video on Tuesday that he says depicts the upcoming iPhone based on a factory computer-assisted design schematic, or CAD.
Here’s the video:
OnLeaks is known as one of the more reliable sources for inside information on unreleased electronics from the Chinese factories where they’re built. Hemmerstoffer posted a picture of an iPhone 7 case months before the phone launched last year.
However, Hemmerstoffer is worried this render may not line up with the final iPhone because Apple has been testing several prototype designs, he said, according to Gear.
“I can’t confirm this is 100% accurate,” he tweeted.
This video lines up with what we’ve heard about Apple’s upcoming iPhone:
- One new model could have a screen that covers almost the entire front of the device. The iPhone’s screen, which could use 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-sized phone. The double-lens camera on the upcoming redesigned iPhone could be oriented vertically instead of horizontally, as on the iPhone 7 Plus. There’s a sizable camera bump in the OnLeaks render. It could have two front-facing cameras, one possibly with depth-sensing technology. The latest prototype of the redesigned iPhone 8 uses slightly curved glass on the front and back and would be “similar conceptually” to the iPhone 4. It could have wireless charging. Two other new models could use the same screen technology and sizes as the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Here’s how Hemmerstoffer described his process in an interview with Business Insider last year:
“I spend about two to three hours a day on this activity. I browse a large number of sites, forums, and social media on which I discover daily more or less credible leaks. …
“In a large majority of cases, people who share indiscretions do so without a second thought, as the aim is to engage a discussion within the community on a forum or social network. By the way, many of them hope obviously to get notorious.
“Also, workers who encounter difficulty with the production of spare parts or the assembly of devices look for help on more specialized and obscure forums.”
Earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook blamed iPhone rumors for a “pause” in sales.
“We’re seeing what we believe to be a pause in purchases of iPhone, which we believe is due to the earlier and much more frequent reports about future iPhones,” Cook said.