These new iPhone 8 renders reiterate one unusually large power key


Armed with alleged CAD schematics of the upcoming iPhone 8, provided by a case maker, a digital artist set off to flesh them out in a render form to depict what the new iPhone may look like when it hits the shelves later this year.

While there aren't many differences from similar concept images we've seen drawn so far - the AR-touting vertical dual camera and the all-screen front are still a go - what struck us as interesting is the size of the power/lock key on the right side. It could, apparently, grow up significantly when compared with the current iPhone power buttons. The potential reasons for the increased size may deal with ergonomics, or, alternatively, an extra space to incorporate Touch ID in. 

A finger scanner in the power key is not a novel concept, and has been done before, so when we factor in the rumors that Apple is struggling with the idea to embed a new and unproven in-display fingerprint scanning technology in the OLED screen of the iPhone 8, it might make sense that they would leave their options open with regard to the ultimate Touch ID placement.

source: Forbes

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25 Comments

1. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

I think it makes the most sense putting Touch ID in the side, best position for your hands. If they fail to integrate Touch ID into the display, I think the second best option would be that.

3. Techlover2018

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 14, 2017

No matter how much it leaks , I still think Apple won't go for that weird cutout in the display. It will have something like the S8 without the edge and rounded corners. And yes, the best place for the touch will be the power button on the side.

10. Bankz

Posts: 2464; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

They will feature the cut-out in the display. The 'notch' will be part of the final design.

24. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

yeah, that cutout is awful. i get that they want to maximize the bezel-less design. if they ditch the cutout, the screen/bezels won't be symmetrical. if they would have to increase the bottom bezel to regain symmetry. i think the galaxy s8 made the right decision and sacrificed slightly larger bezels for a symmetrical look.

11. Bankz

Posts: 2464; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

While correct, the power button you see there protrudes and theres not enough contact point to house a fps. The ip8 has rounded edges which will make it all the more difficult to create. Hence TID will not be a part of the power button imo. TouchID will be embeded under the display and no, faceID will not be the only biometric option, given how highly apple prioritizes security. I think its too ambitious to be used as the only authentication option this soon in the game. Well, except what they have is just crazy good of which i think is still too early, ambitious and flamboyant of apple. Given that it could very well backfire so, maybe next year.

14. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Classic Apple, maybe next year....maybe. Oh and I see you're still doubling down on this, good to see you sticking to your guns, however stupid that may be.

16. antifanboyism

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

If the touch id is placed under display then can you please explain why power button is longer than usual this time

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3088; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

It looks very ugly from the back. Let's wait and see for the final result.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I know these are renders but at that angle (3rd image and thumbnail) , the power button shouldn't be seen. Unless, it's protruding like the Eiffel tower.

5. marchulya

Posts: 56; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

FPS - definitely!

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

At the side of the handset, probably!

6. shield

Posts: 795; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

iPhone 8 Good Front part, Ugly Back part.

8. Papa_Ji

Posts: 763; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Same s**t again...

9. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1789; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

There will have to be a cutout there for cases if this is true? Wonder how snug the case will fit?

12. Bankz

Posts: 2464; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

A cut-out in where?

15. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1789; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Where the fp sensor will be if it's on the side power button... Did you at least defend yourself in the other post??

13. ahmadkun

Posts: 510; Member since: May 02, 2016

Uglier than essential phone

17. Tipus

Posts: 772; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

That camera bump.. geez.. ://

18. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Omg Omg Omg, a large power key.....wow this so amazing.....

19. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Just as I am suspecting. The power button will house the FPS. if they are sourcing OLED displays from Samsung and Samsung could not get acceptable display quality ( light leakage from around the under screen FPS) then Apple will not be able to have FPS under the oled screen. So the next best thing would have been on the back of the device but thats where the Apple branding is so the next best place is like other Android manufactures (HTC, Oppo, etc) have done on the power button. Its not bad. IMO the first under screen FPS on OLED will, Logically, be on a LG or Samsung device as they are on the forefront of OLED display technology. Apple will have to wait till 1 to 2 years later to introduce this feature. That's just my opinion and I could be wrong.

20. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 651; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

A reason why you could be wrong is that Apple is holding patents to implement a finger print reader under a screen. It is possible that these patents stand in Samsung Mobile's way to put their reader under the display. Apple however, can allow Samsung Display to manufacture according to Apple's patents for Apple.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17052; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

OLED displays don't have a backlight, so there can't be light bleed.

22. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 651; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Why should that exclude each other? Where there is light there can also be light bleeding. For sure, modifications to the screen section where the finger print reader is located are necessary. It seems plausible that this could somehow affect lighting conditions in his specific area.

23. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

lol Damn that look just like the Nexus 4 with more curves. ROFL. Thats pretty terrible looking if true.

25. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

If rather have it on the side than the back. With iPhones you have to use the fingerprint sensor Everytime you use the phone. Pain in the butt if it's not placed comfortably

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