Executive says Apple never tried to embed Touch ID on the back, front or side of iPhone X
The public really was hoping for a Touch ID button that would be placed under the display. Every time a render would show a cut out for a rear facing button, moans and groans were heard from the Apple faithful. Some even criticized Apple for being unable to develop the technology to embed Touch ID under the phone's display. Ironically, information released today by a high level Apple executive revealed that Apple never ever thought of putting Touch ID under the display, on the back, or even on the side of what was eventually called the iPhone X.
Apple's senior vice president of Hardware Engineering Dan Riccio, said in an interview today that all of those rumors about Touch ID being placed in various spots on the handset were simply not true. He said that early on in the process of designing the iPhone X, it was discovered that Face ID worked so well. Instead of being distracted by looking for a place to embed Touch ID, Apple focused on making Face ID the best that it could be.
Ironically, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had already revealed exactly what Apple was thinking back in February when he told clients that Apple would use a "revolutionary" front-facing camera to power a face-recognition system that would unlock the phone. Remember, this was a little shy of seven months before the device was unveiled as the Apple iPhone X. Heck, the analyst even correctly called for two variants of the premium model, one with 64GB of native storage, and the other with 256GB of the stuff. And he also nailed the 5.8-inch size of the OLED panel.