Hands-On With an iPhone 8 Dummy Model

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With the prospective launch date of the new 2017 iPhone models just weeks away, iPhone 8 dummy models, printed mockups, and clones have been circulating regularly, giving us an idea of what to expect with Apple's radically redesigned edge-to-edge OLED iPhone is unveiled.

    We got our hands on one of the high-quality iPhone 8 dummy models that's been making the rounds thanks to MobileFun and Olixar, and we've done a hands-on video to give MacRumors readers a close look at the design of the device and how it measures up to existing devices.

    Our iPhone 8 dummy is silver, and with the glass backing, it looks almost like a liquid silver. The front features an edge-to-edge panel, and both the front and the back are encased by a stainless steel frame that matches the silver hue of the body.

    There are thin silver bezels at the front of the device, and there's also a "notch" that houses the speaker, front-facing camera, and sensors, with this setup being used to enable a new facial recognition feature.

    On one side, there's an elongated power button, while the other side houses standard volume buttons and a mute switch. At the bottom, there's a Lightning port and speaker holes, but no headphone jack.

    When it comes to size, the iPhone 8 is slightly larger than an iPhone 7 and much smaller than an iPhone 7 Plus, but its display size is similar to the display of the iPhone 7 Plus because it does away with all of the thick bezels. This is a dummy model so it's not a functional unit, but the smooth glass back is believed to enable an inductive charging feature that will let the iPhone 8 work with wireless charging accessories.

    The dummy model we have on hand is silver, but there are also dummy models available in a deep black and a sort of copper gold, and we've heard rumors suggesting the iPhone 8 (and the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus) will only launch in three shades - silver, gold, and black.

    We can't be 100 percent sure the dummy models we've seen are accurate representations of what we can expect when the iPhone 8 launches, but they match up with leaked factory specifications, part leaks, CAD drawings, and information culled from the HomePod firmware Apple released in late July.

    For that reason, we believe the dummy model in the video offers up a clear look at what Apple's iPhone 8 looks like.

    Article Link: Hands-On With an iPhone 8 Dummy Model
  2. BaltimoreMediaBlog macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2015
    DC / Baltimore / Northeast
    "Hands On" with a DUMMY MODEL? REALLY???

    Is it April Fools Day again already? Or is this The Onion?
  3. Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
    While the dummy looks close to what actual iPhone may look like but that top notch looks ugly with white front, Atleast it should be black so it blend in with display better.
  4. ghostface147 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2008
    Interesting I guess. Is it worth what could be 1k to 1.2k? Who knows, especially if it drops touch ID for facial recognition.
  5. chriscrowlee macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    Am I the only one that's concerned with the timeline here? There have been no less than 10 leaks that Apple is having production issues, and that there are high defect rates, and that they are having difficulties with certain features, etc... and now the rumor says they're going into mass production amid all of these rumors? A bit scary... especially given Apple's track record with issues in software\hardware.
  6. SigEp265 macrumors 6502


    Dec 15, 2011
    Southern California
    I really just can't fathom Apple having an unsightly top bezel like that. :/
  7. mejsric macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2013
  8. teknikal90 macrumors 68030


    Jan 28, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    every iteration seems to get uglier than the previous.
    the last good looking iphone was the 5S.
  9. MLVC macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2015
    Maastricht, The Netherlands
    I still think the top notch will be black on all models. I just can't imagine Apple making that silver. If it's black, I'm tempted to get a silver model (again).
    --- Post Merged, Aug 10, 2017 ---
    There are rumors about production issues, delays etc. every single year. I would start to worry if there aren't any rumors like that at all.
  10. X--X macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2015
    Nooooooo, why is the phone even bigger?

    iPhone 7 already the max size for me, wouldn't the benefit over "edgeless" be that you can make a more compact phone but keep the same screen size.

    I'm out, I don't want an even bigger phone.
  11. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Looks good to me. But functionality is key. I'm definitely curious about the top cutout decision. It doesn't really bother me, but my status bar is usually already full with icons (and the clock!). I can't imagine how everything would fit in those little notches, and if they have 2 rows for the status bar it would look bad and make the extra space moot anyway...
  12. Someirishguy macrumors member


    Mar 27, 2016
    I bet the three models will be called:

    iPhone plus
    iPhone pro


    iPhone 8
    iPhone 8 plus
    iPhone 8 pro

    Apple will say there are enough changes to skip the 's' this year.

    Apple have to drop the numbering at some point, iPhone 17s won't exactly role off the tongue in 20 years time..
  13. Sunny1990, Aug 10, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2017

    Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
  14. Appleaker macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    Should have showcased the black model you have due to the front. I sell these dummy models and refuse to sell the other colors due to the white front. I don’t expect it to be something that we end up seeing, but perhaps it looks a lot better on the actual phone.
  15. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    If this dummy model was running a version of iOS, then they would we would have something more to discuss.
  16. Sasparilla macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2012
    Interesting, looks okay if they're going to have a place for all the sensors. Even if they drop the fingerID the aura of having the latest and very physically noticeable iPhone will be a big motivator for sales despite the price.
  17. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    I think all of these mockups are accurate, but have one glaring incorrection.

    The front panel will be black for all phones. Why? Well the front panel doesn't really matter anymore, since it's all going to be a screen (compared to prior models). Additionally, it will hide all the cameras and sensors that make this new iPhone tick. Furthermore, we should expect the top "row" of the iPhone to usually be black, since it will still primarily be used for the status bar, akin to this:

  18. Delgibbons macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2016
    It's a nice looking phone. I'm getting the Note 8 as I'm an Android guy phone wise. I use my iPad all the time for workhorse webbrowsing around the house, but the iphone 8 does look nice, come on! Don't get the hate really.
  19. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I've loved them all!
  20. chriscrowlee macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    Usually it's just about shortages, which we know to be the case every year. This is the first year where it seems like they're really struggling with a lot of aspects of the device.
  21. BD1 macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2007
    If there is a notch I will definitely get black phone. If there is no notch I might get the silver because I like the way it frames the phone screen with very small bezels. Will look good even when the phone is off. With a black screen it all blends together and when the screen is off it doesn't look much different from an iPhone 7. Will need to see when released. I am sure all colors will look better than these mockups.
  22. jacobh101 macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2014
    Boston, MA
  23. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    It’s amazing how much smaller the body is than the 7+ but the screen is larger. Looking forward to picking one up.
  24. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    I’m not convinced about the white front. I have a feeling all fronts are going to be black now since there’s next to no bezel and just the notch for the camera/sensors. Black would make it blend in when the device is off.
  25. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010

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