Just a theory: Jet Black glossy iPhone 7 prepares users for an all-glass iPhone 8

By now, you've probably all heard it: Apple has released its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and it comes in two new colors, a black (with a matte finish similar to the finish on current iPhones) and a jet black one with a glossy and very reflective surface. The jet black option is also the one that's most widely advertized on Apple's home page and serves as the hero image for the new flagship.

The iPhone 7 was also special for a different reason: it broke Apple's tradition to release a new design every two years, as it's the third year in a row that the company usees the same design that it launched with the iPhone 6.

And despite today being just one day after the official announcement of the iPhone 7, rumors about the iPhone 8 have been swirling around for months already. It is believed that Apple will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone (which happens to be next year) with a massive redesign and a brand new body that will use a glass surface.

Now, long-time Apple analyst Daniel Eran Dilger has come up with an interesting theory that is not based on any leaks or other evidence, but still holds some value: looking at the glossy and very reflective finish on the Jet Black iPhone 7, one can't help but think that this is a subtle way for Apple to test how people will react to such a finish and test the possible reaction towards a glass iPhone 8.

Keep in mind that the jet black and glossy iPhone 7 still features a metal body, it's just that it has been treated to that special finish to give it that extra shine. That new iPhone 8 is expected to be an all-glass affair. How do you feel about such a redesign?

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iPhone 7
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1960 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Not happening!

2. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

So is jet black a finger print magnet??

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah.. because it will be a huge surprise to have a new design just after 3 years /s

4. No_Sammy_No_Gimmicks

Posts: 149; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Huge iPhone 7s/7s Plus Leak: There will be no iPhone 8 in 2017, it will be iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. Changes include A11 SoC, same exterior design and LCD display, iPhone 7s to sport FHD display and iPhone 7s Plus QHD. New iPhone 7s Plus Pro, to sport AMOLED display, edge to edge, 5,8" UHD and Ceramic build akin to the Apple Watch, True wireless charging, Iris Scanner. You first heard the leak from me and not Kuo.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

UHD? Your "leak" is more like fantasy, bruh... Not gonna happen.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

$2000 base price if it happen, lol...

12. AlikMalix unregistered

You keep saying this, but the iPhone still cost the same as they did for years. You said if Apple increases base model to 32gb - it will be $2000, if Apple adds another color it will cost $2000, if Apple adds more ram it will cost $2000, if it adds a dual camera or improve the camera it will cost $2000, if it adds quad core $2000, and so on -- yet the devices cost the same every year --- when are you going to learn or at the least get a clue?

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, Apple will not up the resolution to QHD. They'll keep it at 1080p because it's less expensive, consumes less power, improves hardware performance/less taxing on the CPU, and because the visual difference between 1080 and QHD is minimal for most people. And frankly I would support their decision for sticking with the resolution, 1080p is fine for a 55" TV, so it's more than enough for a 5.5" phone.

8. No_Sammy_No_Gimmicks

Posts: 149; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

They will up the display resolution, maybe not exactly to QHD but close and match the rendering resolution (2208 x 1242) without any downscaling. The FHD for the amoled display will not look sharp enough especially on a large 5.8" display. This will be a good marketing for shooting at 4K and displaying at 4K, with amoled or maybe microLED it will be less taxing on the battery.

11. AlikMalix unregistered

There are a lot of "requests" that users have from a mobile device: battery, performance, integration, support, sound, and camera. But besides the "fanboy/troll wars" no one is complaining about the resolution on iPhone or any device. There's more...., wait, IN MY OPINION, there's more con to higher resolution than a negligible "pro" (and that is only notable if you plan to use a VR gadget that is NOT a standalone device). Scott, so far, you have been making posts as if you're reading my mind. Kudos!!! You inspire me to be less biased against android devices.

7. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014


9. RodrigoFreijanes

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Without seeing, the matter back looks like better choice. It doesn't scratches so easily and not looks like plastic.

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