This latest iPhone 8 schematic shows rear-mounted Touch ID sensor

As in other iPhones, the new iPhone 8 is likely to use Sony camera sensors. Its cameras could also be set to receive a significant upgrade, with its dual-camera system being positioned vertically instead of horizontally like on the iPhone 7 Plus, while dual-lenses are also reportedly being tested for its front-facing camera.

The reverse of the device does however show a new vertical dual camera setup. Bloomberg reiterates that Apple plans to use a virtual home button via software, akin to Samsung's Galaxy S8.

This is quite an interesting turn of rumors.

Sonny Dickson, a serial leaker who has in the past revealed features about Apple products prior to their release, published on Wednesday a schematic he says depicts Apple's next iPhone update.

The news comes after a report from MacRumours included leaked schematics and images which claimed to show the final version of the iPhone 8. The current iPhone 7 Plus has two cameras though the module is horizontal.

One new model will have a screen that covers the entire front of the device except for a little bit.

Bloomberg adds, however, that supply constraints may mean that the new-look iPhone could launch some months later than the other new models, although still hopefully before the end of the year.

Three new iPhone models could appear in Apple's lineup this fall, including "a new top-of-the-line handset with an overhauled look", according to Bloomberg.

Bloomberg also gave some insight into Apple's manufacturing process noting that the company has gone through multiple prototypes. Such a design takes one back to Apple's iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4s that were released in 2010 and 2011 respectively which featured a glass front and back with a stainless steel frame. The company is also testing a simpler design that has an aluminum back, rather than a glass one, and slightly larger dimensions, one of the people said. However, for Apple to follow this just seems out of place but then again, to increase the total screen real estate of the phone, the tech giant might have no choice but to follow with this design.

  • Joey Payne