Another 'iPhone 8' Design Schematic Shows Vertical Dual Camera and Touch ID on Back of Aluminum Casing

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Yet another "iPhone 8" design schematic has surfaced today, this one courtesy of noted leaker Sonny Dickson on Twitter.


    The render shows an iPhone with a vertically-positioned dual-lens camera and Touch ID located on the back of the smartphone, as seen previously. It's likely one of several designs that Apple is considering, as multiple reports have said the company has been testing multiple iPhone prototypes this year.

    Bloomberg in particular said one of the iPhone prototypes that Apple is testing has a "simpler design" with an aluminum back, rather than a glass one, plus slightly larger dimensions, and that description is consistent with this render. But, as mentioned, this might not be the design that Apple selects.
    The prototype measures 149.5mm tall and 72.5mm wide, compared to the iPhone 7's 138.3mm length and 67.1mm width, so the "iPhone 8" would be slightly larger than a 4.7-inch iPhone as expected should Apple choose this design. The dimensions are consistent with a previous design schematic leaked last week.

    While a vertical camera is a more likely possibility for what will be Apple's highest-end iPhone, it's less clear if Touch ID will be integrated under the display, on the rear, or elsewhere. Last week, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri said Apple is facing yield issues with its under-display solution.

    One possibility is that the circular cutout on the rear is actually for wireless charging, rather than Touch ID, in order to avoid interference from the aluminum casing. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said all three iPhone models rumored to launch this year will feature wireless charging.

    The sides of the iPhone include the usual cutouts for the mute switch, SIM card tray, Lightning connector, speaker grille, and what is likely a second faux speaker grille. In line with the iPhone 7, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack, so don't get your hopes up about a surprise return of the legacy connector.

    Article Link: Another 'iPhone 8' Design Schematic Shows Vertical Dual Camera and Touch ID on Back of Aluminum Casing
  2. TurboPGT! Suspended

    Sep 25, 2015
    I can promise you, Touch ID will not be on the back.
  3. Madhawk macrumors regular


    Mar 7, 2007
  4. penajmz macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
  5. Appleaker macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2016
    I like the iPhone 5/5S/SE style design but I think most people hate having Touch ID on the back. I would rather have a larger bezel to incorporate it into.
  6. kissmo macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2011
    Budapest, Hungary
  7. ps3zocker macrumors regular

    May 3, 2012
    That sensor sits way too low. How would you reach it when holding it normally? I would say, it's the magnetic connector for charging like on the Watch.
  8. morcutt11 macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2015
    Sorry Apple, but it is definitely a "NO" if touch ID is on the back. I've used Android phones that are like that and it is a pain.

    I'm hoping that Apple is just trying to flood the market with false specs of different variations to keep people guessing right up to the official announcement.

    I'd love to see Tim Cook come out and show the fingerprint sensor working underneath a bezel-less display and say, "What? You didn't think we were going to put it on the back did you?"
  9. jerry16 macrumors regular


    Sep 12, 2016
    across the universe
    Is there a reason to switch to vertical cameras or is that change simply for the sake of change? Honest question.
  10. rosalindavenue macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2003
    Virginia, USA
    Don't you think the design is locked by now? You can't have the tooling to manufacture 20 million phones for sale in Sept or Oct and not have a finalized design, can you?
  11. alexcanton macrumors member


    Jan 14, 2012
    Gold Coast, AU
    This can't be iPhone 8 it essentially has the same build as a 7.. Touch ID and Camera aside.
  12. kissmo macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2011
    Budapest, Hungary
    I hope that hole in the back is for something else....

    Now this is one weird sentence.... :)
  13. TimUSCA macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    Even if this were legitimate, and I don't think it is for the record, it still doesn't mean Touch ID is on the back. We already know they have a backup plan in case they can't get it working in the screen. So regardless of how they move forward, this schematic would exist.

    The sky isn't falling quite yet. Personally, I would hate it if it were on the back.
  14. apppen1 macrumors regular


    Oct 2, 2016
    I bet that on the back is for Wireless charging not for Touch ID.
  15. macguru212 macrumors regular


    Apr 17, 2009
    IF TouchID is on the back, why wasn't it integrated with the Apple Logo.
    I'm not buying this rumor, and you shouldn't be selling it.:p
  16. 1Zach1 macrumors 65816


    Feb 8, 2008
    Northern Va
    If you're going to put it on the back ( I personally don't think they will), why not integrate it into the Apple logo that you already have a cutout for? It both looks better and appears to be in an easier to use location than situated below it.
  17. randymac09 macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2014
    Just tried mimicking the placement of the Touch ID in the schematic on my iPhone 7+ and it's a bit awkward. Plus, like others have noted in other posts, one of the best things about it being on the front is the ability to unlock it while it's facing up/flat on a table. Hopefully, if they do put it on the back they implement a way to unlock it (without using a password) while it's facing up.

    That being said, I do like the design direction so far.
  18. Bistroengine macrumors regular


    Jan 16, 2004
    This is more likely to be a contact point for inductive charging than Touch ID.
  19. noob17 macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2006
  20. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    Touch ID on the back is fine. Really it will be a perfectly usable placement. The bigger issue I have is that they didn't make it in the Apple logo. It would have been so clean looking. Now it will have a circle in the middle of the back which looks worse.
  21. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    That would be very disappointing. It would mean that we wouldn't get a new big design refresh, a not-so-beautiful scanner on the back near the Apple logo and it would also result in less user convenience.

    The fingerprinting scanner on the rear of the Galaxy S8 is basically the only thing which really disappoints me.

    Here's hoping that we do in fact get an all-new design with integrated Touch ID scanner inside the display.
  22. Cloudsurfer macrumors 65816


    Apr 12, 2007
    Seems like a particularly awkward position too, right in the middle.
  23. Dave245 macrumors 601

    Sep 15, 2013
    It's likely that it's just a prototype, or what if it's the design for the 7s and 7s Plus rather than the 8 which will have Touch ID under the display.

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