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iPhone 8: What we learned from the leak

With Apple leaking more every day, we take a look at what we now know of their latest model

Apple is leaking like a sieve. For a company that likes to use secrecy, hype and mystery to market its products, the boys over at Cupertino aren’t very good at keeping things under wraps.

And the build up to the iPhone 8 release has been little different. Conspiracy theorists in the darkest corners of the internet have longed claimed to have insider information that points towards the new handset’s cat-among-the-pigeon features: an OLED display; an edge-to-edge screen; a groundbreaking recognition feature; wireless charging. Rumours, rumours.

But now, one of these noble knights of the dark web has spelled out in stone what others could only guess at with smoke and mirrors – that the new iPhone 8 will have a screen far bigger than any before it.

And whereas other leaks and mock-ups rely on imagination and faith alone, this latest theory has just been confirmed by nothing less than Apple’s own software.

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith is the man of the hour. A veteran in the Apple guessing game, Troughton-Smith was peering into something called the HomePod beta code when he realised that Apple had accidentally shipped the entire documentation for the iPhone 8’s roadmap with it. Troughton-Smith had discovered the DNA of the new product, and a script that stated the exact specifications of the 8’s hardware.

In a new tweet, Troughton-Smith revealed how: “These are the metrics used by the status bar on the edge-to-edge iPhone, including notch height and ear width.”

We’re not entirely sure what that means either. But the salient fact is this: the iPhone 8’s screen will jump 1.1-inch in width from the iPhone 7’s 4.7-inch display to a full 5.8-inches. But, miraculously, the phone itself won’t get much bigger – that extra space is being made up in the new edge-to-edge screen.

This latest find has confirmed to fan boys, tech bloggers and conspiracy theorists everywhere that the latest Apple handset will be its most ambitious and revolutionary yet.  And it better be – the only other confirmed leak about the iPhone 8 places its price tag at an eye watering £1000. Let’s hope, then, that Tim Cook and the boys have at least made that extra large screen extra strong, too. One shudders to thing how much all that excess glass will cost to replace once you’ve dropped an oyster fork on it or thrown it down the fire escape at Embargos.

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