We’ve seen renders, concept images, and even schematics of all the ways that Apple could be working on implementing Touch ID in the upcoming flagship smartphone. At this stage the expectation is that the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will at least have Touch ID right there on the front of the phone, where it’s been placed since its inception, but the iPhone 8 is not so clear.
The longstanding expectation is that Apple is working on integrating Touch ID into the OLED display, so that it’s still present on the front of the phone — where iPhone users are accustomed to it being. However, there are growing reports, many based on analyst notes, that production issues may cause Apple to either delay the launch of the iPhone 8, move Touch ID to the back of the phone, or, most brash of all, eliminate Touch ID altogether.
Now, we’ve got another schematic to look over. As reported by 9to5Mac, the schematic was published by Sonny Dickson, and it shows a phone with dimensions that match a previous schematic that made its rounds recently. On top of that, the image also shows us an iPhone 8 with vertical dual rear cameras, a growing trend based on the idea that Apple will introduce augmented reality and virtual reality features into the flagship smartphone.
Another key point of the schematic: Touch ID positioned on the back of the phone. There’s a cutout, presumably where Touch ID would be placed, just below the Apple logo on the back of the phone. This positioning would be similar to how many different Android smartphones have equipped their own fingerprint sensors, for better or worse.
Interestingly enough, there doesn’t appear to be a volume rocker on this version of the iPhone 8. That would be a first. There hasn’t been, up to this point, a rumor suggesting Apple would remove the physical volume controls on the iPhone. But there has been a suggestion in the past that they would remove the mute switch.
What do you think of this idea? Would you rather see Touch ID moved to the back of the iPhone 8 if the alternative is removing it altogether?