Leaked iPhone 8 Screen Protector Includes Reduced Bezels and Front-Facing Camera Cutout

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New images and a video of a screen protector for the upcoming "iPhone 8" have been posted to the Chinese social network site Weibo and shared recently by leaker Benjamin Geskin and leak aggregation site SlashLeaks. The tempered glass screen protector is said to be made for Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 with a 5.8-inch display, and represents a design that falls in line with current rumors for the unreleased iPhone.

The screen protector's bezels are noticeably thin and are the same thickness all the way around, with the exception of the front-facing cutout for the device's camera and various sensors. Although reports have failed to largely agree upon how Apple will incorporate the iPhone 8's front camera into a device with dramatically thinner bezels, recent renders have suggested a minor cutout for the camera, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and potentially a 3D sensing module.


To make the cutout less noticeable, iOS could then use deep black technology provided by the new OLED screen to make the area atop the screen appear like one uninterrupted dark strip. As Geskin tweeted out over the weekend, the new tempered glass screen protector aligns nicely with his previous iPhone 8 renderings.

#iPhone8 Render aligned with tempered glass. pic.twitter.com/OwJ2R3VxBb - Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) June 17, 2017
Called the "Olixar iPhone 8 Full Cover Tempered Glass Screen Protector" and priced at $31.99, the MobileFun description for the accessory says that it supports 3D Touch and provides edge-to-edge protection for the iPhone 8's screen. The screen protector is also said to include a 2.5D rounded edge, supporting the rumor that the iPhone 8 will include a flat OLED display.


In a separate image posted on SlashLeaks today, another screen protector manufacturer has leaked a picture of an iPhone 8 accessory, claiming the 5.8-inch iPhone will be dubbed the "Decade Edition." This name has never been mentioned in previous reports on potential name schemes for the iPhone 8, so it's best to remain skeptical about its veracity.

Following a report last year that Apple employees were referring to the 2017 iPhone as the "iPhone 8," that nomenclature has largely become the go-to title for the 5.8-inch device. More recently, Japanese site Mac Otakara has suggested that the device could be called the "iPhone Edition," marking the new iPhone as a higher-end device similar to the Apple Watch Edition. The "Edition" name would furthermore differentiate it from the iterative iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus updates also expected to launch this fall.

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redheeler

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Nice to see Apple eliminating all the wasted space on the front, but also sad to see the home button go after being on every iPhone made in the past decade.
 

Hemmik

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This makes no sense. Don’t just copy every little rumour you find on the web. A part which looks completely the same accompanied by a back panel and camera lens is called front panel in this Macrumors article. Besides, it makes no sense that the top part without a OLED beneath it would be black.
 
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MrGimper

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If they use the deep black of OLED to produce a strip across the top, then there’s not gonna be any white iPhone 8 then.... so I call BS.
 
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yanki01

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hmm, not feeling that top line there.

edit - still getting it though. my iP6 is slugging to the finish line right now.
 
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Rogifan

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Remember the teardrop phone we were getting in 2011? Didn't we have leaked cases for that too?
 

themachugger

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oh my god, with everybody talking about the "shoulders" or cutouts of the screen image area at the top. Sites like BGR even use it as click bait: "ugliest design evarrr" they scream. Apple will almost surely make the pixels dark left to right with the usual signal strength and battery life and then some smarmy editor will pat him/herself on the back for "giving Apple the idea." ...no.
 

DoctorKrabs

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Wow, a “leaked” screen protector! Not that it could be made by any idiot based on the speculation we’ve already had and not necessarily any real parts leaks. Please stop writing headlines like that.

This is shaping up to be 2011’s iPhone 5 hype all over again with “leaked” dummies, which actually aren’t leaks. Then turned out that the designs were completely made up. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an iPhone 7s instead this year.
 
Why would a screen protector have the black section at the top, and not just cutouts in the transparent plastic/glass like all other screen protectors.
Agreed. It appears there would be no purpose to duplicate the black section on a screen protector. Furthermore, it seems like it would significantly up the risk that the model from which they are working might position something slightly more left or right than expected, making something like this NOT align when the real thing rolls out. Make it a cut out or perhaps even just clear glass (if that could work) and their own manufacturing risk would go way down, as it wouldn't matter if the prototype model got positioning on that particular tech exactly right or not.

I'm going to have to assume that they tried it with a cutout and as plain glass and it didn't look or feel right, so they had to resort to duplicating the black layer too. I suppose if there was a cutout, it might look like a person chipped a perfectly-shaped hole out of the top of their screen???

I'm going to declare fake though, soley on trimmed fingernails. ;)
 
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doelcm82

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Nice to see Apple eliminating all the wasted space on the front, but also sad to see the home button go after being on every iPhone made in the past decade.
After a while you'll hardly miss it. Like the knobs on a TV or the physical number pad on a mobile phone.
edit - still getting it though. my iP6 is slugging to the finish line right now.
I'm definitely getting it. My 6+ is still going strong, but I'm ready...for faster TouchID, for 3D Touch, for live photos, for portrait mode, and for whatever new capabilities the "iPhone 8" brings to the table.
 

nabeel24

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Those camera cut outs are just so ugly. Where is the sense of design? either have a small band on the top and bottom or don't have anything. This just looks weird
I think it's actually a good design. It allows Apple to use the left side to output signal/wifi info and output Battery/Bluetooth, portrait mode lock/GPS info to the right side.

Having a black strip would create another line to display that info. I think this is good use of area.
 

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My 6+ is still going strong, but I'm ready...for faster TouchID, for 3D Touch, for live photos, for portrait mode, and for whatever new capabilities the "iPhone 8" brings to the table.
I want to downgrade my display size to the SE (current: iPhone 7) However, I can't go without 3D Touch. I really hope the next SE has 3D Touch!
 
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