“The mockup doesn’t feature any indication of a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone,” BGR explained, “however not all markings are present on the dummy, so it’s not clear if this is an indication that the phone’s TouchID sensor will be embedded in the display.”
The images depict a device that’s largely what people probably expect at this point given the leaks: a vertically oriented camera bump, glass front and back, and a stainless steel frame.
And, to be quite blunt, the device looks great.
A much-needed visual overhaul
One of the problems with Apple’s current iPhone models is that they look nearly identical to the iPhone 6/6 Plus devices that launched back in 2014. At the time, the phones looked good and represented an interesting departure from the iPhone 5/5s designs (though, let’s be honest, if the phones just had larger screens, they’d have been interesting).
However, three years later, the designs are no longer “fresh,” owing to both Apple’s continued reuse of the basic shape as well as the fact that many competing smartphone vendors (particularly China-based) have tried to imitate the design.
The mock-up that BGR showed is aesthetically pleasing, fresh, and, frankly, looks much more “premium” than the current iPhone models.
It’ll all come down to Touch ID
At this point, from an aesthetic perspective, Apple seems to have gotten the iPhone 8 right. And, I’m sure when we see the final device, complete with its new OLED display, it’ll be a very beautiful piece of technology to behold.
That, in my humble opinion, could help drive significant excitement for the new iPhone models.