Last year, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo speculated that nearly a dozen iPhone prototypes Apple’s been testing in its labs probably include an iPhone 8 prototype with iPhone 4/4s-like design using chemically hardened curved glass on both its front and back.

To give you a visual idea of what an all-glass iPhone might look and possibly feel like, we’re showcasing conceptual renderings created by artist Steel Drake. His work is a great attempt at visualizing a future OLED-based iPhone with the glass sandwich design held together by the stainless steel edges.

An all-glass iPhone 8 makes sense given that glass casings support wireless charging better than metal ones.

KGI expects secondary iPhone manufacturer Pegatron to be the exclusive supplier of wireless charger parts for the device. Because glass conducts heat quickly, iPhone 8 could use a thin graphite sheet to help dissipate heat when used with an optional wireless charging accessory.

An all-glass iPhone 8 could also be more durable than you might think. Not only is glass more prone to scratches and dings than anodized aluminum finishes (case in point: even Apple states that Jet Black iPhones “may show fine micro-abrasions with use”), but any eventual scratches that might occur from daily use are sure to be less visible on glass.

Glass has other properties that make it more desirable a material than aluminum, including being much easier to mold than metal, as well as thinner and lighter than aluminum. Like with the iPhone 4/4s series, iPhone 8 would need a stainless steel frame to hold the glass sandwich design together.

Apple is likely to use chemically strengthened glass rather than Gorilla Glass so an all-glass iPhone 8 could be more shatter-prone when dropped versus current iPhones. KGI speculates that Apple’s manufacturing expertise gained from designing iPhone 4/4s could result in an all-glass iPhone 8 that might be just as durable as the aluminum models.

Lastly, an all-glass iPhone 8 would feel better in one’s hand, give the device a premium glossy appearance and potentially permit Apple to get rid of the antenna lines altogether or reduce them further. That’s because an all-glass back enables reliable wireless connectivity because it doesn’t prevent the transmission of radio waves.

While the renderings you see here still show the antenna lines, they’re less visible than on the current models. Oh, and please disregard the 3.5mm headphone jack port on the images—clearly, Apple isn’t going to put the 3.5mm port back a year after removing it from iPhone 7.

How do you like Steel’s conceptual renderings? Is this what all-glass iPhone 8 design should look like? Tells us what you think in the comment section below.

Source: Steel Drake

  • triggerhappypunk

    Ehh, I like the “full screen” renders I’ve seen much better.

    • Sailor_V90

      Psst… on a side note, how are you holding up waiting for X6?

      • triggerhappypunk

        the wait is killing me!

      • Sailor_V90

        lol tell the truth!
        I stay refreshing her social media accounts!

  • MadeInNY

    If it were ALL-GLASS it wouldn’t have a stainless steel frame. It would be a glass-faced iPhone with a stainless steel frame.

    • Rich

      Errrmm iPhone 4 and 4s both had antenna lines
      All glass refers to back and front they aren’t going to make a phone completely of glass

      • MadeInNY

        If they mean all-glass faces they should say that. Not all glass. There are rumors of a see-through iPhone (which seem implausible) but calling a phone all-glass only perpetuates this BS.

        As for antenna lines. On the iPhone 4, they blended in with the design, they were just small accents on the side. Looks like a new phone would be similar if it needed them at all. But the iPhone 6-7 have lines that go all the way the around the back. Lot’s of people really hate them (even though most people never see them since they’re encased).

      • Rich

        Think you’re being very pedantic!
        If the all glass design (yes I’m saying all glass) is true for iPhone 8 then they would have the same or similar lines to 4/4s
        6/7 only had the lines because it wasn’t all glass design

  • askep3

    Honestly this seems like what should’ve been iPhone 7 renders before it came out. Look at it, headphone jack, no full screen, a new body.

  • Merman123

    Those huge bezels

    • MadeInNY

      Can you see through your fingers? Bezels are actually what make the phone so usable. Without them you need fancy edge rejection software that’s never going to be as good as physical space to let your fingers grip the device.
      People are going to have to hold new devices by the edges. People are going to drop a lot more phones.

      • Merman123

        No. None of that is true. I’m on a GalaxyS8+ and have 0 issues with palm rejection.

      • MadeInNY

        Are YOUR fingers transparent? How do you see through them?

      • Merman123

        How do you hold your phone? The only time my fingers are on the screen is when I’m typing or scrolling. When viewing content and reading I don’t have my fingers over my phone so why would they need to be transparent? I don’t think you’ve held or used a phone with small bezels.

      • MadeInNY

        I grip it like a claw pinky underneath. I have never in 10 years of owning glass rectangle phones dropped one.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6c1763e55b0a198bbd092641f5a6aa0a469ecfc05f4388f49320a12e60821e39.jpg

        That’s a 6S+ FWIW.

  • Jake1047s

    I hope this doesn’t happen. It’s kinda ugly

  • MY.T

    Headphone jack .. LOL really?!
    One camera ?
    Giant bezels ?
    please somebody tell these guys are no of these things are happening .. waste of effort.

    • Iskren Donev

      Completely agree, total waste of effort. This could’ve passed for a rendering of an iPhone 7 prior to release, but not an iPhone 8.

    • Christopher Lim

      What if I told you these were recycled concept renderings from the iPhone 6? (One of the images show 2014 written in the back labels somewhere) the iPhone 6 was the 8th iPhone (rejecting the 5C as separate from a 5)

  • Robert Mathews

    I love the look of it. If it were to just miss the headphone jack and have no bezels I would buy it.

  • burge

    I fooking hope not.

  • More like iPhone 6 concept.

    “all-glass with stainless steel frame” <— That’s a weird definition for “all-glass”.

  • It may be useles but it’s still kind of gorgeous

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    Now THIS looks great. Large bezels for a proper home button and Touch ID on the front is something that we need.

    If only this concept had stereo speakers instead of the 3,5mm jack, it would probably be something Apple might do.

  • Look closely on the images that focus on the back. This concept is from 2014!!! Explains the bezels and the headphone jack. So… treat this with more grains of salt then with a newer concept.

    • Hmm. Can you please go to Settings > Safari > Clear History & Website Data?

      Then reload the site. It should really do it.

      Sorry about the issue!

      • Uhh… actually, the problem was in the concept itself. The artist included a date code on the back of the phone, one that says “November, 2014”. It’s nothing to do with the iDB website itself. I just feel a bit confused over that part, as it seems like the concept is from 2014, thus WAY outdated. Sorry for the confusion.

      • No, there really were some scrolling issues on iDB earlier today. It was due to some bad JavaScript code that was supposed to actually make scrolling better. It’s been fixed and the website should be as smooth as butter now. At least it is according to all the tests we’ve made.

      • Oh. I didn’t notice any scrolling issues. Huh. Good that you got it fixed. 🙂

  • Mallouk Malek

    regardless that they missed the two cameras and they putted a headphone jack, this is the first rendering for coming iphone that I liked 😀

  • Aman kapoor

    SHIT