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Watch: iPhone 7S Plus prototype compared to iPhone 8 dummy in new video

A new video posted to YouTube gives us a first-look comparison of dummy units for both the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8.

Next month, Apple is expected to unveil three smartphones: the iPhone 7S, the iPhone 7S Plus, and the iPhone 8. And while we’ve seen plenty of leaks for the latter, information on the former two devices has been thin on the ground. Fortunately, a new YouTube video gives us a glimpse of what to expect from the iPhone 7S Plus.

Tech vlogger Danny Winget claims to have got hold of factory dummy units for both the iPhone 7S Plus and iPhone 8, which has allowed him to do a design comparison live on camera. Naturally we can’t verify the legitimacy of these units however, so take this video with the usual caution you would apply to any other internet leak.

Check it out:


In the video, it appears that the iPhone 7S Plus has a glass back, which Danny Winget claims has been introduced to enable wireless charging functionality – a first for the iPhone. Apple has typically opted for aluminium backs in recent years, so the new design certainly seems more Samsung-esque.

Other notable features include a stainless steel finish on the sides, a dual-camera on the back, and the retention of both the Home button and Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

That last bit is important because, as demonstrated in the video, this iPhone 8 dummy unit (and all others we’ve seen so far) has no Home button – and no Touch ID as a consequence. This design decision has been heavily rumoured, as it allows Apple to adopt an all-screen front aesthetic, similar to what we’ve already seen from the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 earlier this year.

It’s believed that Apple will instead utilise a 3D facial recognition system for user authentication instead of Touch ID, with the new sensors sitting on the small bezel nubbin at the top of the phone.

Of course, Apple hasn’t confirmed any such news, so have your pinch of salt at the ready. We’re expecting Apple to announce all three new phones in early September, marking the 10th anniversary since the original iPhone launched back in 2007.

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