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



1. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

That'd be pretty funny..... I wonder how Ray's gonna spin that one in Apple's favor lol

8. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

you think apple started planning this once Samsung released their phone? Really?

10. maherk

Posts: 7057; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

We knew everything about the S8's design almost 4 months ago, that's 9 months away from Apple announcing their next iPhone.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think they started around a year ago.

25. geordie8t1

Posts: 322; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

samsung started development for the s9 about 3 weeks before the s8 went on sale, so yes about 1 year is about right, and if the hype is to be believed and given that they have kept the same shell for 3 generations, they have had plenty of time to design the iphone 8....

28. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why not? People claimed the Gear S was copying Apple, and it came out a year before the iWatch.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Whoever claimed that is crazy, it's miles ahead of the Apple Watch in every area. That's s why Apple bottlenecked the Gear for iOS app. Didn't want that get outshined on their own platform.

35. iushnt

Posts: 3176; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

That's what people say about other OEMs when they bring something which has been rumored for iPhone. So why not!!

2. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

I know the fingerprint sensor on the GS8 (and +) was too high but seriously, that's way too low (better than too high, but still)

20. cmdacos

Posts: 4388; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Yep, both are equally bad as they require shifts in the hold in order to hit the fps.

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: 1114; 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


23. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It gets smudged anyway lol.

30. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that idea (or rumor) been around since 5-6 years ago

37. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That's is actually a great idea. If you look on Authentec's webpage, they say an FPS can be made to fit any shape. So I think you should contact Apple and give them the idea and hopefully they will see it and do it. As another poster said, why cut another hole, then you have one on th back already? The whole logo could be the sensor itself, and technically could allow for 2 fingers to be used as a single print. Making the sensor even more secure.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

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: 1079; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

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

36. iushnt

Posts: 3176; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

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

11. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

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...

14. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2284; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

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

16. TechDork

Posts: 404; Member since: May 10, 2010

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

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: 7617; 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.

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