The Latest 'iPhone 8' Schematic Shows No Rear Touch ID Sensor

Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 is building itself up to be one of the most anticipated iPhone releases of all time.

The image, which was shared on Twitter by leakster Steve Hemmerstoffer, also shows a dual camera lens with a vertical set-up. Once these materials arrive at Apple headquarters, reports should provide further indication of the potential iPhone releases.

In addition, Geskin has also suggested that the iPhone 8 will come with USB Type-C-to-Lightning cable inside the box and wireless charging feature that will work up to 5 meters.

A wireless charger would also solve a problem caused by Apple ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone.

Based on the conclusions of this report, it's easy to see why the iPhone 8 is such an important next step for Apple to take.

Geskin's device is the same size as an iPhone 7, but the edge-to-edge display allows for more screen size within the same hardware dimensions. The image, however, doesn't show any rear Touch ID button, suggesting that it will be embedded in the front. One of the replies tried to translate the Chinese characters on the drawing and here are the specifications - face contact surface for true tone environment, light sensor for the handset, 3D camera, infrared biometric sensor, GPU, dual-SIM, and wireless charging.

The iPhone 8 this year will run an iOS 11 mobile operating system that will "include a refreshed user-interface", the report claimed.

The iPhone 8 is expected on the 10th anniversary device this fall.

In addition, analysts from the massive investment bank JP Morgan have suggested that Apple is now working with Broadcom on wireless transporting for new iPhone units.

At present, Apple uses LTPS (Low-Temperature Poly-Silicon) panels in iPhones. According to some reports, the iPhone-maker is indeed now experimenting with a rear Touch ID button. However, Apple has been one of the laggards in that space, and its absence from the wireless charging market has earned it some criticism from those who believe it's a must-have feature for any handset.

The move would also fit with suggestions that the iPhone 8 will feature glass casing, to support wireless charging.

Apple has yet to confirm the rumors, but the tech firm is expected to unveil the new iPhone products during the company's keynote event scheduled sometime in fall 2017.

  • Fernando Stephens