Apple iPhone 8 display assembly leak could be another sign not to expect Touch ID on the model


Sure, we can hear brokerage house analysts, anonymous Apple executives, purported Foxconn assembly line workers and a cocktail waitress tell us that there is no Touch ID button on the 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone. Then, we can see renders of the device purportedly containing an extra large power button; this starts a theory that Apple will deploy Touch ID on the side of the phone, a placement that has been used by Sony for its biometric scanner.

Today, we have a little more proof that Touch ID will not be touchable (or even available) in the iPhone 8. Images alleged to show the 2017 premium model give us the opportunity to decipher some of the sensors on the unit's complete display assembly. The leak focuses on the cutouts found on either side of the earpiece. The two same-sized circles to the left of the earpiece are expected to be used for the 3D iris scanner that will use facial recognition to unlock the iPhone and possibly verify identification for Apple Pay.

The scanner to the right of the earpiece is purportedly going to be used for the FaceTime camera (known in Android circles as the "front-facing camera") and the sensor at the far right is also believed to be for Iris Scanner use. Apple's plan "A" was to embed the fingerprint scanner under the front glass. But like Samsung discovered, the technology is just not ready for something like this in 2017. Apple's plan "B" had seemingly been to place a Touch ID button on the back cover. But when the gang at Cupertino floated this as a trial balloon, the Apple faithful shot it down quickly.

Another problem is the unnamed second horizontal cutout above the one for the earpiece. While easily seen on the photo from Japan's Macotakara, it apparently doesn't appear on the leaked images of the display assembly.

So that leaves us with the current possibility, which is that the iPhone 8 will go without a fingerprint scanner and will focus on the iris scanner (no pun intended). The questions remain, is Apple so sure of this technology that it is willing to use it to replace Touch ID? Are the financial institutions that partner with Apple on Apple Pay as sold on the iris scanner to prevent identity theft as they are with the fingerprint scan? Hard answers to difficult questions have apparently been decided as mass production of the most anticipated iPhone in years has reportedly begun and September is just under four weeks away.


source: SlashLeaks via Macotakara.jp

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32 Comments

1. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

We get it. No Touch ID. One YouTube I watched thinks they will call this the pro edition. If they do it should have the pro features which I know it won't. Like Apple Pencil support and the iPad software features. Guess we will find out soon enough.

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It's Apple, pro just means gimmicks and copy cat features they pretend they invented.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17364; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They MUST call it iPhone X or Edition X. Those sound so cool, anything else is a fail in comparison.

2. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Is this another BS courageous move by Apple?

3. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

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14. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

2017 Your brain (if any).

15. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

I'm busy right now, can I ignore you some other day? I'm not being rude. You're just insignifican. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPa6CEeEN84

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, but the iFans will just claim he copied them.

19. whatev

Posts: 2285; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

It’s so cute that you’re so butthurt and you make this terrible joke, while other brands I’m not gonna mention put and take back features like memory card slot, water and dust protection, ir receiver, removable battery, radio and so on, and whille apple is setting trends as usual; that makes you so angry that you have to express your frustration with a failed joke that only you and some of your boyfriends upvote, it’s really cute and heartwarming :,-)

20. cmdacos

Posts: 4220; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

What's funny is that these 'features' you speak of which I assume you seem to find valuable have never been in an iPhone except for the water resistance.

24. whatev

Posts: 2285; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Imagine thinking I value those useless “features” lmao, I find it funny how the lagdroid herd cry when those “features” are removed but you keep riding those d**ks like there’s no tomorrow doing that endless beta testing phase with their devices just because you hate apple, I’d be in peace when you all recognize that you don’t buy apple just based on the illogical hate you have against an inanimate thing like a brand (apple) and not based on true arguments that don’t have to be with those useless “features”, meanwhile keep butthurt because apple is the most successful brand nowadays without those features you value so much and the users are having the best experience

22. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

"It’s so cute that you’re so butthurt and you make this terrible joke, while other brands I’m not gonna mention put and take back features like memory card slot, water and dust protection, ir receiver, removable battery, radio and so on, and whille apple is setting trends as usual; that makes you so angry that you have to express your frustration with a failed joke that only you and some of your boyfriends upvote, it’s really cute and heartwarming :,-)" Translation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDc7M4tQKDA

23. whatev

Posts: 2285; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

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27. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

@whatev, Everyone is laughing at you right now and you don't even now it little kid.

30. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

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31. whatev

Posts: 2285; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

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32. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31103; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think it's a bad idea, if Apple actually gets rid of TouchID. Theirs has been the most consistent implementation I've used, they should keep it.

18. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree... Fingerprint scanner are very useful in phones, and face recognition are more useful in laptops (windows hello)... The laptop is already facing you when you use it... However the phone might be charging over a wireless mat, or docked or simply over a table, and face/iris scanner is not as convenient. They should implement a fingerprint scanner like Xperia phones... It's location allows for unlocking while the device is facing up, down, while taking it out of your pocket, etc... And it doesn't take screen space (even though Xperia already has ridiculously big bezels)

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31103; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post.

5. drunkenjay

Posts: 1678; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

I really like touch id and I think its the best out of any other fingerprint sensors. if they do remove it, i'd probably use password unlock. Facial and or iris sensors will not work in pitch black areas unlike fingerprint sensors.

6. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

We will know that Apple has lost it when they ship the iPhone 8 with Touch ID dongle

7. bonkz

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 19, 2017

Wrong. The iPhone 8 will be feature a fingerprint scanner embedded into the display. I've been saying this for months now, as I am a psychic and all.

8. drunkenjay

Posts: 1678; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

bankz got banned huh. I wonder why.

25. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

12. yes3sir

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Yeah same here. Apple won't ditch the TouchID like a fart in the wind. Imagine 7s/7splus having superior TouchID compared to the 'Pro' iPhone 8 with not so sophisticated Iris/Face scanner. I think Facial recognition will just be an additional feature for more authentication purposes.

9. apple-rulz

Posts: 2123; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

It'll have Touch ID imbedded in the screen.

11. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Did your buddy Bankz tell you that

13. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Apple could've at least made use of the logo and make that the fingerprint scanner

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