Early 'iPhone 8' Case Has Vertical Camera Cutout, Suggests Front-Facing Touch ID

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Mobile phone leaker KK Sneak Leaks posted an image on Twitter this morning purporting to show one of the first third-party protective cases for Apple's upcoming redesigned OLED iPhone, which isn't expected to launch until at least September.

    The transparent case has a few features that are consistent with recent schematics purporting to depict the front-running design of the so-called "iPhone 8". Most prominent is the cutout on the upper left of the case which indicates vertically aligned dual cameras, as opposed to the horizontal alignment on the iPhone 7 Plus.

    Purported third-party case for "iPhone 8" via KK Sneak Leaks

    Conspicuous in its absence however is any sort of opening for a fingerprint sensor located on the rear, suggesting Touch ID will remain a front-facing feature. Apple is rumored to be trying to build Touch ID into the iPhone's display, but the company has reportedly been struggling with perfecting the technology, suggesting it could resort to putting the sensor on the rear of the device.

    The pill-shaped volume buttons shown in the picture on the right side appear to be in their normal places, but the power button on the left looks longer than on previous iPhones, which is something we've also seen on recent dummy models. Elsewhere, the bottom of the case indicates standard speaker grille locations either side of what will presumably be an all-in-one Lightning connector.

    Early case leaks have historically been fairly accurate indicators of new iPhone designs, with some exceptions, but this is a uniquely challenging year for third-party case manufacturers looking to nail down the final design.

    Apple is still thought to be testing multiple prototypes for its upcoming "10th anniversary edition" iPhone, and rather than be privy to the final design, case makers may simply resort to following the most likely one based on the same leaks covered by rumor sites, so bear those caveats in mind.

    Apple's 4.7-inch OLED iPhone is likely to be sold alongside two standard "S" cycle iPhones with LCD displays, which are said to be similar in size to the existing iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Rumors suggest the leading candidate for the final chassis is a stainless steel frame sandwiched between front and rear symmetrical glass. Apple is also supposedly working on an inductive wireless charging solution for its "premium" handset model.

    Rumors also suggest Apple's "iPhone 8" supplies may be highly constrained when the new range of phones launches, making it harder to obtain in the first few months of release, although this is not an unusual claim in the months preceding a new iPhone launch.

    Article Link: Early 'iPhone 8' Case Has Vertical Camera Cutout, Suggests Front-Facing Touch ID
  2. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    that was quick, only just tweeted it ha
  3. alexandermac18 macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2013
    United Kingdom
    I really don't think we can take much from these posts.. what stops anyone from making a mockup case based on a "leak" we've seen on various rumour websites in the past few weeks and saying it's the real deal?
  4. fokmik macrumors 68040

    Oct 28, 2016
    Seems the latest news no longer show rear fingerprint
  5. fyun89 macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2014
    I doubt that they received official blueprint from Apple. Unless they're intentionally doing this, they wouldn't share it since they know it will be a leak.

    It could be a lucky guess work, or posing to earn attention.
  6. nfilg macrumors member


    Sep 5, 2012
    First of many cases to come before september.
  7. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Ok, now this is really starting to feel like 2011 with the supposed iPhone 5 tear drop design (that never came to be) and cases leaking out


  8. Loge macrumors 68030


    Jun 24, 2004
    Remember cases were made for the "teardrop" design too.
  9. prasand macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2015
    UES, New York
    Perhaps the longer power button is to accommodate for a touchid integrated button. Makes logical sense as it's a button many hit often.
  10. fokmik macrumors 68040

    Oct 28, 2016
    Those who use the iphone with left hand will be out of reach if the touchid is in power button
  11. mdellepi macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2015
    To be clear, rumours states that Apple has already finalised the technology to have a Touch ID under the screen, BUT they are struggling with mass production, due to some issues. The fact that other rumours say that iPhone 8 availability will be constrained or even possibly delayed, in my opinion is a demonstration that they have decided to stick with the front facing Touch ID, at the cost of some delay in mass production.
  12. balcis macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2012
    why? you can still set thumb or index finger.
  13. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    Color me disappointed if Apple does not manage to crush Samsung with a true bezel-less, fingerprint sensing screen.

    And add the A11 to the equation as icing on the cake.
  14. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    I wonder why Apple wouldn't use ceramic like the Apple Watch Edition?
  15. Mike82 macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2013
    If they can't get it under the screen, that would be the best option. Works for Sony.
  16. Seuck macrumors newbie


    Dec 10, 2015
    It would be a more natural position for your thumb than the bottom of the screen, or even worst the back of the device.
    In fact the round button functionalities have been separated in iPhone 7.
    As the "pressure" feature has been delocalised in the whole screen, touch ID can be moved somewhere else too.
  17. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
  18. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    I had the same idea, but I'd still prefer the touchID to be on the front.
    Having to reach for the side button wouldn't be too different to have the sensor on the back. It would avoid an hole on the back, but you'd need a hole on the side and a thick case could prevent the finger to touch the sensor.
  19. DemetriJ macrumors member


    Sep 22, 2015
    Putting Touch ID on the lock button doesn't really make much sense from a user experience point of view. You unlock your phone using the lock button... General users could be slightly confused, considering the fact that with iOS 10 you don't even have to use a button to wake up the screen in the first place. I guess you could just pick your phone and scan your finger, the placement just seems a little weird and I'm assuming this could be why others haven't done it apart from Sony.
  20. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    Because when held in portrait, so is the camera.
  21. otternonsense, Apr 28, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2017

    otternonsense macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2016
    My thoughts exactly. From alloys to force touch, the Watch seems to have been a testing ground for new materials and tech. One caveat I've read about is that ceramic is generally more brittle than aluminium.

    Regardless, I'd be willing to pony up the extra $ for a ceramic-sapphire glass black iPhone with matching black AirPods. I'd still miss the headphone jack, but what can we do. I hope at least iOS 11 is a more polished experience.
  22. ACST Suspended

    Sep 5, 2016
    Bit of a messy alinea, needs some tiding up.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 28, 2017 ---
    There are rumours that Apple is gonna use this, but due to translation issues ie Ceramic glass (which the Apple watch edition actually is) being called glass it's very hard to actually know what Apple is gonna use for 'glass'.
  23. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Yeah , Samsung was holding out the tech for Apple. I'd be happy if apple managed to do the next big thing and put wireless charging into a phone we might be able to purchase in 2018...

    At least Samsung have lifted the bar. So hopefully a good update from apple
  24. indiekiduk macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2005
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Looks like he cut that vertical hole with a pair of scissors
  25. WatchFromAfar macrumors 65832


    Jan 26, 2017
    Why take this as an indication of the final design? Every iPhone leak with different designs we all say "oh Apple is testing different prototypes to cover all eventualities". Well perhaps the case makers make prototypes of every leaked design so when the final iPhone design is announced their factories are ready to start full-scale production.

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