The Apple iPhone 8 Will be Invisible: Rumored All-Glass Design Sparks Skepticism

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Apple Inc. is expected to launch a completely redesigned iPhone 8 next year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. The iPhone maker is likely to make some revolutionary changes to the appearance of the iPhone 8, as the same design has been used in the iPhone 7, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6.

So far, reports have stated that the next-gen iPhone will feature an OLED display, covering nearly the entire face of the smartphone, and a fingerprint scanner and home button will be embedded beneath the screen. In addition, instead of having an aluminum back, the smartphone is expected to have a glass back, and metal is expected to surround the outer edges like it did on the iPhone 4s and iPhone 4.

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iPhone 8 – a clear piece of glass

But, these claims have it all wrong, as per a new report, which says the design of the next-gen iPhone will be unlike anything the world has ever seen, notes BGR. This new report claims that the upcoming iPhone redesign is way more revolutionary than any previous rumors claimed.

In a post on Facebook, Robert Scoble – a tech blogger and current Entrepreneur in Residence at UploadVR – wrote, “the next iPhone will be, I am told, a clear piece of glass (er, Gorilla Glass sandwich with other polycarbonates for being pretty shatter resistant if dropped) with a next-generation OLED screen (I have several sources confirming this).”

Scoble further added that one can pop the iPhone into a headset that has eye sensors on it, which allows the iPhone 8 to have a “higher apparent frame rate and polygon count than a PC with a Nvidia 1080 card in it.”

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The iPhone 8 will be fully transparent, allowing users to see straight through it. Apple Inc. can use it power an augmented reality experience, like the one offered by HoloLens of Microsoft, the blogger says.

Scoble added that the phone itself has a next-gen 3D sensor from Primesense – a company acquired by Apple. He said the tech giant has 600 engineers working in Israel on just the sensor. In the post, he further said that we can expect antennas and battery to be hidden around the edges of the screens.

“It’s a big f**king deal and will change this industry deeply,” said Scoble.

All these details sound unbelievable, given the fact that we are still years away from having a tech that will allow Apple to make an iPhone like the one Scoble describes in his post. Also, even though Scoble had some scoops in the past and has a lot of sources in the startup world, he does not have the kind of track record with Apple Inc. scoops that would make us believe in his incredible claims, says BGR.

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Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both marketing and Finance side. He has work as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, playing PC games and cricket.


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