A newly leaked photo that supposedly shows the insides of Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 is bolstering rumors that the new device will come with wireless charging and a longer-lasting battery.
A Foxconn employee has allegedly taken photos of the much-anticipated iPhone 8 that reveal the phone's inner workings. The images were posted to the social media site Weibo and appear to depict an iPhone 8 in the 'engineering validation test' (EVT) stage of manufacturing. The images appear to show a wireless charging coil, giving fuel to the rumors of wireless charging.
Adding credibility to the leaked photo is that it's for a product codenamed "Ferrari." That's the same codename that was used to designate the iPhone 8 in manufacturing documents that were leaked in December.
The diagram's revelations echo earlier rumors and reports. A photo posted on Slashleaks last month supposedly showed the wireless charging module that will be used in the iPhone 8. Meanwhile, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested in a report in February that the iPhone 8 will have an L-shaped battery.
Assuming the reports and photos are accurate, the iPhone 8 would be the first Apple smartphone to support wireless charging. It would also be the first to have an L-shaped battery; smartphone batteries typically are rectangular.
Apple was able to create the extra space for the L-shaped battery by using "stacked" logic board, according to Kuo. The logic board is where most of the chips and other electronics for smartphones are found. On a stacked board, chips and other electronics are installed closer together than on a standard logic board. Making the board smaller and more compact allows more space for other components.
The company is expected to announce its upcoming iPhones in September.