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iPhone 8 schematic shows Touch ID sensor on the rear, vertical camera

by Josh Levenson | April 19, 2017April 19, 2017 8:00 am PST

On Wednesday, another design schematic for the long-rumored iPhone 8 surfaced online, showing off a handset with an aluminum backplate, a vertically-positioned dual-lens camera and a Touch ID sensor on the rear, which matches up to Bloomberg‘s claim that Apple is testing an iPhone prototype with a “simpler design.”

It’s perfectly possible (and we hope) that this handset will never see the light of day, because let’s face it — it’s a lot less impressive than the other designs Apple is reportedly considering. We’d much rather the Cupertino company opt for a stainless steel frame sandwiched between two sheets of glass, like the beloved iPhone 4.

If Apple is planning on moving the Touch ID reader to the back of the iPhone 8, there’s a chance it ran into the same problem as Samsung did while attempting to integrate fingerprint sensing technology into the Galaxy S8’s display, leaving it with no choice but to move the scanner to the rear at the last minute.

A curved display, AR capabilities and more

Whatever the case may be, it looks like we may have to wait a little longer than expected to find out exactly what Apple has up its sleeve, as the device is rumored to be delayed until the end of the year while the firm perfects the slew of new features — a curved display, AR capabilities and more — it’s set to pack.


Josh Levenson

Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...