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.
Posted on the Chinese social media site
Weibo by a person who says they’re an employee of Foxconn —
the company that builds iPhones for Apple — the photo shows a
diagram alleged to be the internal design of the new gadget. In
the middle is a large, black circle that resembles a
wireless-charging module. There also appears to be a large,
L-shaped space where the iPhone 8’s battery could fit.
Adding credibility to the leaked photo is that it appears to be
for a product codenamed “Ferrari,” the same name that was used to
designate the iPhone 8 in manufacturing documents
leaked in December.
The diagram echoes earlier rumors and reports. A photo posted on
SlashLeaks last month supposedly showed a wireless-charging
module in the iPhone 8. Meanwhile, the KGI Securities analyst
Ming-Chi Kuo suggested in a report in February that the iPhone 8
would have an L-shaped battery. (Smartphone batteries are
If the reports and photos are accurate, the iPhone 8 will be the
first Apple smartphone to support wireless charging and to have
an L-shaped battery.
Apple was able to create the extra space for the L-shaped battery
by using a “stacked” logic board, according to Kuo. The logic
board is where most of the chips and other electronics for
smartphones are. On a stacked board, they’re installed closer
together. Making the board smaller and more compact allows for
more space for other components.
As always with rumors and leaks, you should remain skeptical
until Apple reveals the newest iPhone, most likely in September.