Apple is testing several versions of the new iPhone, including a version with a Touch ID sensor on the rear panel. The reason for this decision can be at low rates of production of the smartphone option, in which the sensor is embedded in the screen. This is reported by the portal 9to5Mac.
On April 12, the Chinese microblogging service Weibo published, presumably, the drawings of one of the models of the iPhone 8. It can be seen in the picture that the fingerprint sensor of the Touch ID was transferred to the back panel. Prior to this, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri reported that Apple is experiencing problems with the release of a smartphone with a built-in Touch ID screen. According to sources Arkury, the pace of production of this model is too low.
The analyst believes that if the company does not find a solution, it has three options: postpone sales, remove the Touch ID sensor from the device or move the sensor to the back of the iPhone.
As suggested by 9to5Mac, published charts are a back-up version of one of the new models. The journalists made such conclusions on the basis of the mark «EVT 03» (Engineering Validation Test), which means that the device is at the earliest stage of development and it has to pass production tests.
The publication noted that the design of the new iPhone in the drawings already appeared on the network in the form of a concept art from iDrop News in late March. As with all the other rumors, Weibo sources should not be trusted to the end, but earlier publications on the service correctly and in advance predicted the design of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 7. Then the images hit the network in mid-March.
If we believe the scheme with Weibo, in addition to moving the Touch ID sensor to the rear panel in iPhone 8, the location of the cameras will also change: now the dual camera and the flash will be placed not horizontally, but vertically. It also follows from the drawings that the screen of the iPhone 8 occupies almost the entire front panel of the device. Its diagonal is 5.8 inches, while the size of the smartphone’s body has not changed in comparison with the previous generation: the length of the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 was the least by 1 centimeter.
It is expected that in 2017, Apple plans to release three models of the smartphone: two will continue the line of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and the third will be timed to the tenth anniversary of the iPhone and will receive a special design. The flagship will be equipped with OLED-screen, frontal 3D-camera, wireless charging and 3 gigabytes of RAM. The thickness of the new model will not exceed the values of the iPhone 7, and the cost will start from thousands of dollars. As previously reported, the flagship will receive the prefix “Edition”.
April 7 analyst Drexel Hamilton Brian White (Brian White) said that the start of sales of the iPhone 8 can begin later than usual due to problems with the production of a new model with a 3D camera. According to White’s sources in Apple’s contractor, all smartphones will be announced at the traditional September presentation, but the flagship will go on sale only by mid-November.
Experts believe that the 3D camera will be crucial in the new iPhone. It will not only allow the use of augmented reality technologies, but it can also be used as a face scanner to unlock a smartphone.