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Early iPhone 8 prototype suggests Apple considered a very different iPhone 8 design

September 7th, 2017 at 7:28 PM
iPhone 8 Rumors

We think we know what the iPhone 8 will look like thanks to the many similar leaks that we got to see over the summer. But a fresh leak does suggest that Apple did consider the iPhone design we absolutely hate.

In the first half of the year, many iPhone 8 leaks said the handset’s fingerprint reader will be relocated to the rear. That seemed like something Apple would never do, even though many of its competitors position fingerprint readers on the back to maximize the screen-to-body ratio. Here’s one such leaked image:

Image source: SlashLeaks

However, a new leak from China indicates that Apple did work on a 2017 iPhone prototype with a Touch ID sensor on the back. Benjamin Geskin found the information on a Chinese forum and reposted it on his Twitter handle.

These slides do have a Foxconn logo, but that’s not enough to prove they’re genuine.

Assuming they’re real, they indicate that Apple considered relocating the “Mesa” Touch ID sensor on the iPhone’s back.

References including “Cyclops — ID Rear Touch Relocation” and “Cyclops DVT Kick-off delayed to fixture rework for Mesa cutout relocation and water ingress blocking issue” seem to confirm Apple’s design that we fiercely oppose.

The leaked slides also suggest a production delay of up to five weeks, which appears to match what other reports claimed. The iPhone 8 will see a limited launch in September, those reports said, as production started much later than usual.

There’s also a video of this alleged Foxconn meeting. But, again, nothing can be confirmed.

Apple is expected to replace Touch ID on the iPhone 8 with a sophisticated face unlock system this year, many reports agree. Apple wanted to place the fingerprint sensor under the screen, but technology isn’t fully developed.

Apple will unveil the iPhone 8 next week, at which point it’ll probably extensively demo the new unlock and security features of the handset.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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