The vast majority of rumors about the "IPhone 8" (or “iPhone X”, or “iPhone Edition” you bet on the name that Apple chooses) points out that it follows the last standard of the industry by incorporating a screen taking almost all of its front part. The biggest benefit of this, aside from being very visually cool, is that we have a bigger screen on a physically smaller device.
In the case of the iPhone, specifically, one of the biggest doubts regarding this rumor concerns the Touch ID the fingerprint sensor that we have had since the 5s generation, and that has always been hidden in the Home button (Home) of the device below the screen. On the 7/7 Plus iPhones this button is no longer physically pressed, but the principle and location of the Touch ID have not changed at all.
With no space below the screen for this, so where can the Touch ID be?
Well, the biggest expectation of consumers and what has been most talked about is why Apple innovates with the hidden sensor precisely behind the screen. And what Benjamin Geskin most bets on, citing his own sources, who created some mockups cool and sent them to iDrop News:
It's not because the Touch ID will be behind the screen that it works anywhere on it, of course. Like our reader Thadeu Brando showed in this other concept that we published a few months ago, it is possible that iOS will continue to “emulate” the presence of the Home button in a virtual way on the screen and there that the user must position his finger to unlock the iPhone.
Although this sounds like the “ideal world”, there are those who think that Apple is unable to accomplish such a feat for this year. One of these the analyst Timothy Arcuri, from Cowen and Company, which said this week it had obtained reliable information that this technology is simply the company's biggest challenge for the “iPhone 8”. The question is cited as one of the reasons why it is already speculated about a possible "delay" in the launch of the new device.
In parallel to this, a supposed “technical scheme” of the new iPhone also appeared on the web today, which indicates what I imagine would be a big disappointment for most consumers: a repositioning of the Touch ID on the back of the iPhone, as it happens in several Androids around the world and just as Samsung did with the Galaxy S8.
I have no doubt that * some * prototype of this type circulates or has already circulated in Cupertino, after all, the kind of obvious thing to be tested in the field. But, if I were to bet, I would put more chips on that idea of 3D facial recognition than on that ugly rear Touch ID, it doesn't work with the device resting on a table and it would completely change the experience that iPhone owners have been used to since 2013.
O AppleInsider goes beyond its counterpoint to the alleged leak, citing the fact that the scheme indicates that this new iPhone would have 8.6mm thick compared to the 7.1mm of the iPhone 7 and the 7.3mm of the iPhone 7 Plus. Could it be that, just for this special ten-year iPhone, Apple would be willing to make it thicker? In what I think is a bad idea, even more if it is for more battery
Today, Geskin's sources also brought other possible details about the “iPhone 8”, including superfine 4mm bezels on all sides of the device, 2.5D curved glass on both the front and rear (surrounded by a metal frame), wireless charging, same physical dimensions as the iPhone 7 with a 5.8-inch OLED screen, “invisible” front camera (also hidden behind of the screen) and a larger outside button “with two points of contact” (whatever that means).
As you can see from the images, it is also believed that the dual cameras of the iPhone 7 Plus will be arranged vertically this year. Why I don't know
(via TNW, MacRumors, 9to5Mac)