iPhone 8 To Place Touch ID On Back Panel: Report

On: May 9, 2017

It’s been a decade since Apple launched its first iPhone. Now, on its tenth anniversary, the company is going to launch the successor to iPhone 7, all new iPhone 8. The rumours around the latest iPhone are already making rounds through various tech publications for a while now. As per these rumours, the device is said to sport an OLED display and wireless charging.

iPhone 8

But a recent report from Hong Kong-based equity research firm CLSA claims that there’s a high chance of iPhone 8 sporting the Touch ID on the back panel. CLSA even created a diagram showing the Touch ID placed on the back panel slightly beneath the Apple logo. Recently, the Samsung’s latest flagship devices Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus also included a fingerprint scanner on the back panel. Although, we’re not expecting Apple to place the Touch ID as weirdly as Samsung did.

Apparently, there are few other rumours claiming the opposite. As per these rumours, Apple is planning to integrate the Touch ID sensor within the layers of OLED panel. These rumours, however, were debunked by CLSA analysts Sebastian Hou and Brian Chen.

“iPhone to ditch fingerprint sensor? We don’t think so.

Both Samsung and Apple tried to enable in-display fingerprint sensing on full-screen OLED phones in 2017, but their optical tech seems immature and the major iPhone 8 bottleneck. Some thus speculate the fingerprint sensor will be removed and replaced by 3D sensing. Our latest supply chain checks indicate the iPhone 8 will still have the sensor given security, user-friendliness, and a need for payments infrastructure, but there is a high chance it will be on the back like Samsung’s Galaxy S8.” Said CLSA analysts.

Following this report, a designer Benjamin Geskin came up with a concept iPhone 8 based on the diagrams shown by CLSA. The concept phone shows the phone with a virtually bezel-less OLED panel and rear-mounted Touch ID sensor.

iPhone 8

These reports and design are just initial speculations about the device. Therefore, it is recommended to take this information with a pinch of salt. It is still a long way to the real iPhone 8.


Narender Charan

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