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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25 Comments

19. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yep, bezel on top. I told people it would need a top bezel for the camera. Your can't put a camera under the display. Looks better than the Essential Phone sensor cutout, but personally I prefer a full width bezel. I don't want part of it impinging on my display. Just my preference.

21. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 664; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

If Apple is opting for this design, they will most likely use the sides next to the top bezel for classic information such as service provider and battery. Since this phone will feature an OLED screen, Apple can make this easily happen. I am really looking forward to this year's iPhone launches. I think Apple will deliver something great this year - if you are willing to pay what they ask for.

20. ph00ny

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 26, 2011

Lol at all the hidden comments pointing out the issues with the original posting

22. drunkenjay

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

wow this article looks so clean now.

25. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it says 24 comments.. but only 6 comments visible, lol..

23. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

they should have just re-released this article so that everyone can see it.

24. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No way would apple not put the little Apple logo on the back, so I don't think this is the real deal.

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