iPhone leakster Sonny Dickson has shared an alleged schematic for the upcoming iPhone 8 model, suggesting that Apple will be moving the Touch ID sensor to the back of the smartphone. It was previously reported that Apple would be using an under-glass fingerprint scanner positioned below the screen.
While the leakster hasn’t provided any additional info, it could be possible that in-screen fingerprint sensors will not be available in required quantities for the iPhone 8. Samsung too was rumored to use an ultrasound fingerprint scanner embedded into the display glass in the Galaxy S8, but it was recently revealed that the company decided not to as such sensors were not available in time for the handset’s launch. In fact, a research note from analyst Timothy Arcuri suggests Apple is struggling to improve the yield rate of its in-house AuthenTec under-glass fingerprint sensor solution. That leaves Apple with only two options – either ditch the Touch ID sensor completely or move it to the back.
A similar schematic had been leaked on Weibo as well recently, showing a near bezel-less front and a Touch ID sensor positioned below the Apple logo at the back. It also showed a vertical dual-camera layout with the True Tone flash positioned below it.
The iPhone 8, along with the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, is expected to be unveiled in September this year.