3D model made from iPhone 8's schematics leak reveals rear placement possible for Touch ID

3D model made from iPhone 8's schematics leak reveals rear placement possible for Touch ID
The other day, we showed you an image that allegedly revealed the final schematics for the 10th anniversary iPhone model that could be called the Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone X, or the iPhone edition. That was followed by another leak of iPhone 8 schematics, this time covering the rear of the phone. With a vertically placed dual camera setup on back, and a rear-facing Touch ID button, the design is said to be one of several that Apple is considering for the anniversary edition of the handset.

Today, a photograph discovered on Chinese micro-blogging site weibo reveals what the back of this premium iPhone would look like if the leaked schematics contain the design selected for use by Cupertino. Made from aluminum, the 3D model of the rear casing reveals one feature that the iPhone 8 and the Galaxy S8 might share in common.

Unable to work out the kinks that prevented it from embedding the fingerprint scanner under the Galaxy S8 display, Samsung positioned its biometric reader on the back of the phone right next to the rear camera. Apple appears to be having its own issues with its attempt to embed Touch ID under the iPhone 8 screen. According to one analyst, the company's AuthenTec unit is reporting very low yields with this technology, and Apple does not want to switch to a third party vendor to supply it. In fact, the analyst says that Apple would rather have the feature delayed until 2018 than turn it over to a third party manufacturer. And to make matters worse, the 3D sensor for the front camera that is supposed to use face detection to unlock the phone is also running into problems, and could also be delayed. Thus, a rear-facing Touch ID button just might become reality yet.

The difference between Samsung and Apple here is that Samsung put its fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ so close to the camera lens, that wayward fingers seeking the scanner could end up depositing fingerprints on the lens instead. The schematics show Apple putting a rear-facing Touch ID button in the middle of the rear casing, away from the vertical dual camera lenses.

While a CAD CAM schematics leak did out the Apple iPhone 6 half a year before it was unveiled, we still would suggest taking this story with a grain or two of salt.


via GadgetDetected

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42 Comments

44. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

That's actually going to be a 360 view camera. You didn't hear it from me. It will bump out a bit like those grocery store hidden cameras that have 360 view.

43. phonearenaviewer

Posts: 59; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I hope not. Guess my 7 plus will be remaining with me this year.

40. Camilla81

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 18, 2017

This is a 3d render of a fake schematics that someone created.

42. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

There needs to be a rule about publishing articles with this garbage, put [FAN RENDER] in big and bold letters. God how hard must that be.

33. tangbunna

Posts: 496; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

no ball round. welcome back iphone 5

29. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well, it will likely also have USB 3.1 type c, or at least here's hoping with their eager jump to it on their laptops, I mean they've discovered that they can control what devices they want to work with their phone regardless of plug so yeah, they aren't losing any control.

27. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Why not.... wait for it.... simply PRESS THE APPLE-LOGO for the Finger-Print Scanner.. instead of gouging out another completely USELESS hole in the back of the phone!?? Stay Classy, Cuper...

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

We have face recognition now. Haha. See Apple is no more .magical than anyone else. The embedded FPS had issues. Of course Apple is getting theirs through th3 acquired Authentec. But Samsung maybe is making their own? The tech is very new and based on what I could Google, the kinks won't be ironed out in time for Apple to use it in production. This will.give Samsung an advantage if they can bring it to the Note 8 which comes out just weeks before the iPhone. 3D face recognition is harder to work out too VS the facial recognition on the S8. Both don't consistently work. I did set it up, but it just doesn't work. I've already gotten use to just using the FPS with my left had or just keeping my Gear S on for auto unlock

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Camera setup not withstanding, that would be very nice.

41. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

I agree darkk, the camera setup being vertical just doesn't look good. I wouldn't have thought Apple would even consider doing that, considering their prowess for aesthetics and clean lines, and symmetry. I hope they can get the FPS figured out for the front still, as I simply prefer the home button and scanner on the front. If not then I really think they should integrate it with the Apple logo, since Techie (and can't believe I'm saying this) made a valid point in that the Authentec site states the FPS can be fit into any shape and the Apple logo is really close to the same size as the home button on the front of the 7 Plus i have. Plus its in a really good spot, heck its where I rest my finger when I'm talking on the phone in fact. Guess we will have to wait an see. The vertical camera setup could totally turn me off to it though. If it was centralized then it would look fine, but off to one side just doesn't look good. They should stick with how it is now on the 7 Plus.

17. ithehappy

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Rear mounted fingerprint reader are the worst position ever. I hope Apple stops following Samsung and their stupid trend with S8, front is the best place, and it should remain so.

34. sgodsell

Posts: 7685; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's not Samsung that started the rear finger print scanner. It was LG, then almost every other Android OEM has followed suite. I actually like the rear finger print scanner. The reason I have is simple. When I pull the phone out of my pocket. It's already unlocked and ready for me to touch the screen, since it's already unlocked while I placed my hand on the back to pull it out of my pocket. It's faster than an iPhone finger print reader in the front when logging in.

38. yyzamin

Posts: 383; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Put the phone on a table. ready for me to touch the screen, since its already unlocked when i placed my hand on the back of it. Its much faster than the iPhone fingerprint reader in the front when logging in.

39. SaRPeR

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The first phone with a fingerprint scanner at the back was a Huawei phone.

16. TechDork

Posts: 405; Member since: May 10, 2010

That's gonna be one damn pretty iPhone. Damn...

14. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2292; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Dear Apple, GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD!!!! Sincerely, Loyal Apple Customer

13. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Just wondering how a H9 screen protector would effect a embedded finger print scanner? Maybe the back is the better option?

15. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Ummm... That's what they are showing...

11. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

So they go back to the iPhone 4 design.....nice.

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

It's not the iPhone 8. It's the 7s with a wireless charging port in the middle. They would never put Touch ID partially over the battery!

9. Clars123

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

"wireless charging port".....was that a mistake?

36. iushnt

Posts: 3190; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

They would never put a false wireless charging like the ones on Samaung they said.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's better positioning than the S8, but it's still not great. Too low.

3. apexthe31

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Apple Should embed Touch ID in the apple logo itself.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Even though I am not a fan , l agree that it would be a cool place to put it.

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

If it just has to be on the back then that would the best option. I'm still hoping it won't end up on the back though, I prefer touch ID to be in the front. Here's to holding out that Apple can get the in display scanner to work properly.

12. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1128; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

wouldn't it make more sense to put the round Touch ID button with an Apple Logo on it

18. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017

That would smudge the apple logo.

19. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017

@apexthe31

23. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It gets smudged anyway lol.

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