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iPhone 8 Tipped to Embed Touch ID in Power Button, Availability Reportedly Delayed Till November

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iPhone 8 Tipped to Embed Touch ID in Power Button, Availability Reportedly Delayed Till November

Photo Credit: Forbes/Gordon Kelly

Highlights
  • iPhone 8 latest CAD files suggest Touch ID will not be ditched
  • It may just be introduced underneath the power button
  • The availability of iPhone 8 is also reported to be delayed till November

iPhone 8 design rumours have been non-consistent at best, with the fingerprint scanner placement being the biggest mystery. Now, fresh leak suggests that Apple is considering embedding Touch ID under the elongated power button, if its optical sensor solution doesn’t work. Furthermore, a separate report claims that while the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will begin mass production in August, the iPhone 8 won’t arrive in the market before November.

Forbes’ Gordon Kelly obtained CAD files from casemaker Nodus to visualise the final design of the iPhone 8, and his unit corroborates several past leaked details in terms of design. The iPhone 8 will reportedly sport an almost bezel-less display barring the top lip to house the camera and other sensors. The Home Button will be removed, and the Lightning port will remain. The vertical dual camera setup is expected to be introduced, and the 3.5mm audio jack will be missing this year as well.

Apple iPhone 8 Specifications, Release Date, and More - Leaks and Rumours So Far

One interesting thing Kelly notes is that the power key is elongated, as seen in previous rumours as well, and if Apple’s plan to embed Touch ID underneath the display doesn’t work, it will look at Plan B to embed it underneath the power button. Apple will go the Sony way in order to not hinder its design, and keep the security measures intact. Apple was earlier reported to ditch Touch ID altogether in favour of facial recognition being the sole provider of authentication and security.

A separate report from Economic News Daily reiterates the delay in arrival of the iPhone 8. The report claims that Foxconn has secured most of the orders for the iPhone 8, while the iPhone 7s will be manufactured by Pegatron. It will also manufacture a small number of iPhone 8 devices. Wistron, on the other hand will focus mainly on the iPhone 7s Plus production. The iterative models will reportedly ramp up production in August, while the iPhone 8 is expected to not be available before November. This refutes previous rumours of a mass production already in full swing for the iPhone 8.

In any case, the iPhone 8 is expected to be a celebratory unit commemorating ten year’s since the first iPhone, and it is expected to be a significant improvement packed with AR features, wireless charging, waterproofing, and much more.

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Tasneem Akolawala Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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