Claimed iPhone 8 schematic shows Touch ID on the back, vertically aligned cameras & more

A set of schematics have leaked purporting to provide information about Apple’s upcoming iPhone. This is the first leak of this particular nature pertaining to Apple’s next-generation smartphone, and, if accurate, give us an insight into the design changes that will make it into the iPhone designed to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the device.

The CAD drawing appears to be from an Engineering Verification Testing phase, which occurs before Design Validation Test and Production Validation Test stages.

As you can see for yourself, the schematic shows a redesigned dual-camera system on the back, which is now vertically stacked in the top-left corner. That gap below the Apple logo is apparently a relocated Touch ID sensor. The device appears to pack a larger screen than iPhone 7 in a body that’s comparable to a 4.7-inch iPhone.

iPhone 8
  • Width: 72.5 mm
  • Height: 149.5 mm
  • Depth: 7.1 mm
iPhone 7
  • Width: 67.1 mm
  • Height: 138 mm
  • Depth: 7.1 mm

Lastly, the drawing shows the usual set of hardware buttons and features on the sides of the device, like the volume toggles, mute switch, lock button, SIM card tray, Lightning connector and no 3.5 mm headphone jack.

As interesting as these potential reveals are, we still need to treat them entirely with a pinch of salt until we see any corroborating evidence to suggest that they are legitimate. Some of the things shown in the leak are expected, whereas others, such as the Touch ID sensor on the back of the hardware, leaves us to believe this could be an elaborate mockup, or one of the possible designs still being considered for this year’s iPhone.

While Apple is unlikely to make the experience worse for users by relocating Touch ID from the front of the device to its back, the company may be left with no other choice assuming stories about an in-screen fingerprint reader being iPhone 8’s biggest bottleneck are accurate.

Source: Weibo via SlashLeaks


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