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iPhone 8 – Coming in four color choices including new ‘mirror-like’ model, iPhone wireless charging issue

This year iPhone 7 is said to a have an OLED screen, an all-glass design, wireless charging, and much more. Now, Twitter leaker Benjamin Geskin is claiming that the device will come in four colors – one of which is a new mirror-like option…

Not a whole lot is known about the new color option, but Geskin has shared an example of what the device could look like. It’s important to note that the image Geskin uses is actually an iPhone in a mirror case, but the overall idea is the same and can be seen below. It almost sounds as if the iPhone 8 will feature the mirror-like glass design of the old iPod models, seen above, but the mirror deign would likely wrap around the edges to the stainless steel bezels.

Geskin’s claim comes from an unnamed source and follows a report from the generally reliable Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI. Kuo noted in his report that the iPhone 8 will be available in fewer colors than usual in an effort to maintain a “boutique” branding. KGI has a strong track record, but note that he said “fewer” colors, not necessarily ruling out a new mirror-like option.

In the past, we’ve seen alleged iPhone 8 images emerge showing the device in black and white. If Geksin’s claim of a mirror option is true, it’s unclear what the fourth iPhone 8 color option would be, with gold and rose gold both potential options.

One possibility is that Geskin’s source is confusing a new ‘mirror-like’ option with the jet black color, which is already rather mirror-like.

In addition to Geskin’s new claim, YouTuber UnboxTherapy today shared a new hands-on video of an alleged iPhone 8 prototype that is believed to be a 1:1 CNC model produced from factory dimension information. The video offers a detailed look at the device and its overall size and design. Watch it below.

Today’s iPhone 8 news comes following a pair of bombshell reports claiming the device won’t feature Touch ID at all, but instead new facial recognition technology. Other reports have claimed in-screen Touch ID, while some have said rear-facing Touch ID.

iPhone wireless charging

In a tweet on Friday, well-connected blogger John Gruber reiterated rumors claiming Apple will not include an inductive charger with “iPhone 8” or “iPhone 7s” and instead plans to sell the accessory as a separate item. Citing unnamed sources, he goes on to say that Apple is having issues implementing wireless charging technology.

“I’ve heard that inductive charging will (a) be sold separately, and (b) might be late, waiting for iOS 11.1 (a la Portrait mode last year),” Gruber said, adding in a later tweet, “I’m not sure if the holdup is hardware or software. And they could catch up in next three weeks.”

As with prior iPhone debuts, Apple’s upcoming models are expected to ship with the next-generation iOS version, iOS 11, built in. Gruber’s mention of iOS 11.1 suggests wireless charging might not be ready when “iPhone 8” and “iPhone 7s” launch this fall, the operative term being “might.” Still, Apple has a couple months to work out the kinks before the anticipated September hardware debut.

Like any unsubstantiated claim, Gruber’s missive should be taken with a hefty grain of salt. That said, the blogger’s sources have in the past provided accurate information.

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Apple is expected to release three new handset models in 2017. A follow-up “iPhone 7s” series set to take the place of current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models will likely boast the usual assortment of component improvements while keeping external aesthetics largely unchanged.

The real show-stopper, “iPhone 8,” is rumored to usher in an entirely new design with full-face OLED display, an embedded below-screen Touch ID module, 3D scanning front-facing cameras and more.

Reports have indicated that both “iPhone 7s” and “iPhone 8” will feature wireless charging. Neither model is said to ship with the dedicated accessory required for cord-free charging, leaving it up to customers to decide whether the feature is worth the extra money.

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