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Apple supply-chain sleuth reveals info on the iPhone 8 and rumored smart glasses

Apple supply-chain sleuth reveals info on the iPhone 8 and rumored smart glasses
Yesterday, a Reddit user with the handle Foxconninsider passed along what he says is legitimate information pertaining to several Apple products including the Apple iPhone 8 and  Apple's rumored smart glasses. First, let's look at the information about Apple's smart glasses, possibly launching in 2018-2019. The project is apparently code named Project Mirrorshades, and if the project does get the green light, it will be offered to consumers in crystal, champagne and black. There will be different sizes for men and women, and polariized or prescription lenses will be available. They will be made with Zeiss smart optics.

A Bone induction microphone will be employed for the smart glasses, and users will nod to indicate a "yes" answer, and shake their heads to indicate a "no." A small strip worn on the arm will allow the user to change the volume and accept phone calls. The tipster cautions that the project could be canceled if the tech cannot be done right. In fact, he gives the project a 65% chance of being axed. If it does make it to the retail market, the glasses will carry a unique design and will inject a shot of energy into the consumer electronics market just as the Apple iPhone did in 2007. And as someone jokingly noted, it will probably run on eyeOS. Based on the Bill of Materials, the insider expects the device to be priced at $600.

As far as the Apple iPhone 8 is concerned, the insider says the photos that accompany this story reportedly comes the closest to matching the look of the 10th anniversary iPhone model. Test units with Touch ID mounted under the glass suffered from poor yield rates and poor performance, he stated. Nonetheless, Foxconninsider says that Touch ID will be under the display. He says that rumors of a rear-facing Touch ID are "misinformation," and states that the Apple iPhone 8 will carry 3GB of RAM. The front camera module seen in the render of the iPhone 8's screen will contain  facial detection and a retina scanner.

We should point out that Foxconninsider belongs to a firm that sells information like this to securities firms like KGI (which employs superstar Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo). The information is sourced from Apple's supply chain and from firms like Foxconn.

source: Reddit via BGR

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