“There are indeed a number of mysteries that still surround Apple’s tenth-anniversary iPhone,” Zach Epstein writes for BGR. “But among them all, the biggest question marks likely surround Touch ID. Is Apple’s new fingerprint scanner optical and embedded in the display? Will it be the same as last year’s scanner, but situated on the back of the phone? Will it be omitted entirely, as we’ve heard from the world’s top Apple insider? Rumors have been swirling for months, but I may now have the answer thanks to information from multiple well-placed sources.”
Epstein writes, “I have now received information from three different well-placed sources over the past few weeks, and they have all told me the same thing: The iPhone 8’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor is in the power [Sleep/Wake] button.”
“The news first came to me about a month ago from a source I know well. I’ve since been told the same thing by two additional sources I haven’t known for quite as long,” Epstein writes. “All three sources have provided information to me in the past that has proven to be accurate.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: It could also be another reason why, beyond the claim of reachability, Apple moved the Sleep/Wake button from the “top” of the iPhone (where we liked it best) to the side, maddeningly opposite the volume buttons, beginning with iPhone 6/Plus*. Were Apple, knowing the potential difficulties of placing Touch ID into/under the display, conditioning iPhone users for this possible eventuality?
*Only iPhone SE retains the “top” Sleep/Wake button position today.
Apple’s new ‘iPhone 8’ design ‘confirmed’ – July 17, 2017
John Gruber: Apple’s wireless charging accessory won’t be ready at iPhone launch this year – July 8, 2017
Apple supplier confirms new iPhone models will be ‘waterproof’ with wireless charging – June 14, 2017
iPhone 8 renders from highly detailed CAD file point to glass back, embedded Home button, wireless charging – May 16, 2017