Rumors Persist About Apple Placing Touch ID on Back of iPhone 8

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's rumored "iPhone 8" with an OLED display and wireless charging will continue to have Touch ID, but there is a "high chance" it will be on the back of the smartphone, says Hong Kong-based equity research firm CLSA.

    "iPhone 8" mockup with rear Touch ID sensor by Benjamin Geskin

    An excerpt from a research note distributed this week by CLSA analysts Sebastian Hou and Brian Chen:
    CLSA created a diagram showing Touch ID placed slightly below the Apple logo on the back of the iPhone.

    Samsung included a fingerprint sensor on the back of the Galaxy S8, but some reviews found it to be awkwardly positioned next to the camera. Apple placing Touch ID lower down could make it easier to reach.


    The diagram also shows a vertically-aligned dual-lens camera, a widely rumored iPhone 8 feature seen in previous renders. There also appear to be additional modules next to the front-facing camera, likely for rumored 3D sensing and facial recognition functionality. Other features shown are identical to the iPhone 7.

    The diagram suggests the iPhone 8 will be 144mm tall and 71mm wide, making it slightly larger than an iPhone 7 but smaller than an iPhone 7 Plus as expected. With a depth of 7.69mm, the iPhone 8 would be just a hair thicker than the iPhone 5s, if the dimensions CLSA lists prove to be accurate.

    Touch ID on the back of the iPhone 8 appears to be a fallback solution given Apple's struggles to integrate the fingerprint sensor underneath the smartphone's display effectively enough for mass production. Leaked renders suggest Apple has explored a rear Touch ID sensor on at least one iPhone 8 prototype.

    Other manufacturing challenges may push iPhone 8 production behind schedule by at least one or two months, possibly delaying shipments until October or November. Nevertheless, most analysts still think Apple will announce the iPhone 8 in September alongside the so-called iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.

    While some Apple fans will quip that "this same rumor surfaces every year," oft-reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities implied this year's shortage could be much more "severe" than in previous years.

    Article Link: Rumors Persist About Apple Placing Touch ID on Back of iPhone 8
  2. AJ5790 macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2016
    Last week rumors persosted that it would be in the screen. This week it's different. No one knows. I keep telling myself to just ignore all this... it's not working.
  3. WRChris, May 6, 2017
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    WRChris macrumors 6502a


    Aug 17, 2016
    This years iPhone is the best iPhone since iPhone, but Touch ID is around back so next year we can upgrade people to a phone with Touch ID on the front.

    Is it just me or do small bezels look equally as awful as "big" bezels? Top and bottom bezels look stupid with no side bezels as well. I would like to see small bezels all the way around the screen(or completely bezeless), I think it would look much more uniform.
  4. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    "Let the world know about our investment firm".
  5. Applebot1 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2014
    Epic fail if true. However just don't see it myself.
  6. deany, May 6, 2017
    Last edited: May 6, 2017

    deany macrumors 68030


    Sep 16, 2012
    North Wales
    Apples marketing team using the standard Apple reverse psychology technique pre-iPhone launch.
  7. Loge macrumors 68030


    Jun 24, 2004
    Putting the Touch ID on the back just to get an elongated screen with a ridiculous aspect ratio makes no sense whatsoever.
  8. britabroad macrumors regular


    Jul 16, 2007
    From a practical standpoint, touch ID on the back just doesn't work. For one, you won't be able to unlock the phone while it's sitting on your desk, which immediately takes away 50% of your unlock options. Also, a case would have to have a cutout on the rear to accommodate, adding to the phone's vulnerability. Then there's the issue with car mounts - I often unlock while it's clipped into its dash mount to access the maps. (While stationary, of course). All seems like a step back.
  9. Deacon-Blues macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2012
    That vertical camera configuration is going to take some getting used to. Because it's ugly. Also, I use a dashboard mount in my car for my iPhone. If that finger print sensor is in the back it's going to make it awkward to use my phone while moving. It's a step backward in usability.
  10. bluespark macrumors 68000

    Jul 11, 2009
    Well, look at the bright side. If the Touch ID sensor is on the back, then at least we won't have to worry about an iPhone shortage....
  11. Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    I really don't like the idea of it on the back. Feels like an admission of failure on their part if they do that.
  12. pradeepbabloo macrumors member


    Mar 1, 2016
    Each day the sensor keeps moving front and rear!
    Can't wait for September to see what it really would look like.
    It will either be stunning or meh.. seems nothing in between.
  13. Appleaker macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    It's a backup plan but I'm hoping it doesn't happen and at this point I don't think it will.
    Moving it to the back would take away the magic of the device, especially with the full front displays becoming more popular with other flagship smartphones.
  14. iDento macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2011
    iCloud Servers
  15. garirry macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2013
    Canada is my city
    Hopefully that doesn't happen. I like having my fingerprint sensor where I can see it and not spend 10 seconds trying to find it with my finger every time I want to unlock the device.
  16. VertPin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 12, 2015
    I'd rather an aluminum iPhone 7S with the fingerprint sensor on the front, instead of a glass/stainless steel iPhone 8 with a fingerprint sensor on the back with wireless charging.
  17. gpat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    It will be on the back and you'll like it.
    Then the 2018 iPhone will have it on front and you'll like that as well.
  18. DarkTragedy macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2017
    However if there is facial recognition for login then actually this issue is immediately resolved.
    It would be much safer too as there would be no need to touch the phone!
  19. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

    Mar 21, 2010
    I just got a Matte Black 7 to go with my LG G6. I sleep at night.
  20. Manzzle macrumors 6502


    Jun 11, 2012
    Look, if Apple put that button on the back and don't use the logo, it will be and EPIC failure.

    There will be NO kind of innovation in the new phone for it to be an anniversary phone, that's doing the same thing other phones have been doing years ago.

    , not a little "hurray, I get to wireless charge after a few years". It also NEEDS to look different than the past 3 years version!

    Apple don't rush, take your time and get it right by putting the button on bottom of the display.
  21. rp2011, May 6, 2017
    Last edited: May 6, 2017

    rp2011 macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2010
    Wow. I thought it was settled.
    I kinda think that if there remains space at the bottom and top like in the render, that it would remain at the bottom end.

    But if the processor and all the other specs are the same between the 8 and 7s except for the OLED screen, I personally would stick with the LCD screen if it meant saving a few bucks that could go towards a higher storage capacity 7s plus model.

    I've never been too keen on beta testing first gen Apple products anyways.
  22. BB8 macrumors regular


    Jan 26, 2016
  23. travelsheep, May 6, 2017
    Last edited: May 6, 2017

    travelsheep macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2013
    Might misjudge the mockup, but there's a chance Apple will be able to stack 8 app icons on top of each other with that tall iPhone 8 OLED screen.

    Starting with the iPhone 4 and 4 app icons, the 5 with 5, the 6 with 6, skipping the 7, the 8 will restore order again ! ;)
  24. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    I will not buy it. I've had every single generation iPhone since the iPhone 3G. This would be my 10th iPhone. If it's on the back, it's worthless to me.
  25. Manzzle, May 6, 2017
    Last edited: May 9, 2017

    Manzzle macrumors 6502


    Jun 11, 2012
    I would not trust any facial software these days. Folks are by passing that form by putting a picture of the persons face in front of the phone to unlock it.

    Also many people out there wear detailed makeup, like doing contouring and end up looking like a big nose hag to Michael Jackson nose. Kim Kardashian does not look the same without her makeup. How will facial recognition work when they remove that mask of makeup?


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