Thanks to a large number of supposed leaks and reports, we more-or-less know what Apple's next iPhone will look like. Save for maybe one thing.
Trusted sources like Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal agree that the largest changes in the iPhone 8 -- possibly called the iPhone X or iPhone Edition -- will be the addition of a dynamic, bezel-less OLED screen and the removal of the clicky home button. But where other leakers who corroborate that intel seem to disagree with each other is where the Touch ID fingerprint reader, currently in the home button, will go.
Twitter leaker Benjamin Geskin, who claimed to have gotten a hold of " blueprints" of the upcoming iPhone 8, this week posted images and comments that go to show the phone's fingerprint scanner will likely be built into its big display -- not on its back a la the Samsung Galaxy S8.
This would leave the phone's backside clean and let iPhone users mash their thumbs on the bottom part of the screen to unlock it -- or maybe even anywhere on the screen, since Geskin has said a " source" has told him "entire screen" Touch ID might be possible.
Geskin also suggested the fingerprint sensor could be built inside the power button.
Tech blog BGR last week posted what it called "the world’s first look at Apple’s final iPhone 8 design in real life," five pictures of an iPhone 8 dummy model that does not feature a rear Touch ID sensor.
On the other hand, Japanese research and analysis firm CSLA said earlier this month that the iPhone 8's Touch ID sensor will be on the rear of the phone, citing "supply chain checks." The schematic it released shows essentially the same all-screen phone that Geskin tweeted, but with a circle on its backside for where a fingerprint sensor will be placed.
Maybe the iPhone 8 will have its fingerprint reader on the back after all? (Image: slashleaks.com)
A firm told MacRumors last month that Apple is working hard on an in-screen fingerprint reader, but the tech may not be ready for mass production in time to meet the typical tick-tock of the company's yearly September iPhone release. Apple did, after all, publish a patent in February that describes tech for reading fingerprints through display screens.
Samsung also made a run at including an in-screen fingerprint solution for its Galaxy S8, reports said, but the company ultimately opted for the simpler rear fingerprint sensor.
So, what exactly will the iPhone 8 look like? At this point, it seems the rumor mill can't quite put its collective finger on it.