iPhone 8 Release Date, News & Update: Apple Smartphone Has New Color, Looks Like Sheet Of Glass? New Fingerprint Sensor Widens Screen

By Jen Key , Updated Dec 14, 2016 07:30 PM EST

With the upcoming 10th anniversary of Apple's iPhone in September next year, rumors are rife that this milestone will mark the unveiling of the most impressive iPhone yet with a new color and redesigned fingerprint sensor for the iPhone 8.

The most recent iPhone released by Apple, the iPhone 7, came in the usual colors of gold, rose gold and space gray with the addition of two new colors, black and jet black. Reports have recently surfaced that fans can expect a red iPhone 8 to be one of Apple's offerings. This tip supposedly comes from one of the Cupertino-based tech giant's suppliers in Taiwan.

New technology makes iPhone 8 look like a sheet of glass?

One of Apple's biggest suppliers, Synaptics, recently announced that it will be producing touch IDs underneath glass surfaces. According to MacRumors, this may pave the way for a wider display screen because the home button can now be removed in the iPhone 8.

Through Synaptics' new technology, the fingerprint sensor can recognize touch under glass that is 1 millimeter thick. MacRumors reported that this also enables the scanner of the iPhone 8 to be scratchproof and waterproof.  

The fingerprint sensor is not the only component that may be put under the glass. The iPhone 8's camera is also rumored to be laid underneath. This would reportedly make the entire iPhone 8 look like a single sheet of glass.  

Other rumored features of the iPhone 8

Aside from this, the iPhone 8 is expected to have a curved OLED display, much like the Samsung Galaxy Edge phones. It is also rumored to come with an A11 processor chip. As new iPhones are released, the smartphone's lightning bolts have noticeably become smaller and thinner. There are talks that the iPhone 8 will feature wireless charging technology.

Since there is still a long way to go before the iPhone 8 is launched, Apple fans should stay tuned for the company's official announcement regarding its highly anticipated release. Until these rumors are confirmed, tech junkies are advised to take these reports of the iPhone's new color and fingerprint scanner with a grain of salt.

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