Analyst Claims iPhone 8 Will Feature Touch ID Scanner at the Rear

Hong Kong-based equity research firm CLSA is saying there’s a “high chance” that Apple’s OLED-based iPhone 8 could come with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor after all.

They even drew a diagram, which was shared with MacRumors, showing Touch ID placed below the Apple logo on the rear.

The analysts acknowledge that Apple is working on integrating the fingerprint sensor into the display of the iPhone 8 but the optical fingerprint technology is still very immature. They deny rumors of Apple not including a fingerprint scanner at all on the iPhone 8 due to its user-friendliness and popularity.

So, the analysts believe that Apple will end up placing the Touch ID sensor on the back of the iPhone just like what Samsung did with the Galaxy S8 — assuming its initial plan of integrating the Touch ID sensor into the display does not work out. Even if Apple manages to integrate the Touch ID sensor into the display, the company might just end up placing the fingerprint sensor on the rear of the device due to production and yield issues.

Here’s an excerpt from the report:
iPhone to ditch fingerprint sensor? We don’t think so.
Both Samsung and Apple tried to enable in-display fingerprint sensing on full-screen OLED phones in 2017, but their optical tech seems immature and the major iPhone 8 bottleneck. Some thus speculate the fingerprint sensor will be removed and replaced by 3D sensing.
Our latest supply chain checks indicate that iPhone 8 will still have the sensor given security, user-friendliness and a need for payments infrastructure, but there is a high chance it will be on the back like Samsung’s Galaxy S8.

According to Benjamin Geskin on Twitter, his own source has dismissed CLSA’s drawing as fake and their research note as ”1000 percent false”. On the other hand, Android Police has called Geskin’s own leaks as fake, so there’s that.

JPMorgan analysts speculated this week that iPhone 8 could feature enhanced stereo sound and waterproofing via an improved earpiece. JPMorgan added that iPhone 8 could ship with Apple’s $159 AirPods, potentially replacing the wired $29 EarPods with Lightning connector that come in the box with existing iPhone models.

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