The info comes courtesy once again of developer Steve Troughton-Smith and his exploration of the Apple HomePod firmware code, which is proving a veritable treasure trove of hints regarding the iPhone 8. The iPhone 7, while a attractive smartphone, left many Apple users unimpressed. Of course Apple has yet to confirm that an iPhone 8 is even in the works. As always, take any pre-launch iPhone leak with due caution - we won't know anything with absolute certainty until the official September announcement.
The capability was discovered by Guilherme Rambo, an iOS developer who found code suggesting the feature in the leaked HomePod software and has been tweeting other findings - including the discovery of facial recognition - over the past few weeks.
"The iPhone's rear design has not yet been finalized", a South Korean supplier of components for the new device said, according to The Korea Herald. It is about the same size as the current iPhone 7, but it has a larger display with a bezel-less design. The inclusion of a glass back should lend a more premium feel to the new handset, and you just can't beat an edge-to-edge screen.
The black iPhone 8 replica that was shown has the same size as the Samsung Galaxy S8. The consistency of the copper, silver and black iPhone 8 dummy units shows that AAPL won't likely surprise anyone with an unseen design later this year.
The new iPhone 8 also a a glass back, and according to several rumours, that's because it's now capable of wireless charging - a most-wanted feature for the iPhone. However, this information was confirmed only now.
Now there is talk about a 1.1-inch increase from the iPhone 7's 4.7-inch display to 5.8-inches.
Sources told DigiTimes that "all of the three new iPhone models, including two TFT LCD and one OLED model, have entered volume production", adding that supply may fall short of the high demand expected for the product. Today, we'll look at that and other Apple Rumors for Friday.