iPhone 8

Whenever we have a big flagship killer lined up for a sumptuous release, rumors surrounding the hardware and software specifications, along with its design, are sure to make rounds on the internet. Now the aforementioned thought is true for all manufacturers and their devices. Let it be Google Pixel 2 or Samsung Galaxy S9, it’s because of these devices and the anticipation surrounding their launch, that Devs-Lab has a “Leaks” column to suffice the needs of it’s “always wanting to know more” readers. The same goes for us, because we as authors, get equally excited covering such news for you, especially when the device in consideration is Apple iPhone 8. The iPhone rumor mill has been in work for quite some time now, with the latest one being “Where would Apple place the touch ID fingerprint sensor in it’s new iPhone?”.

We had some news before that the “iPhone 7s” and “iPhone 7s Plus” will be upgraded versions of last year’s iPhone models, constituting some major changes to Apple’s hardware design. The third new iPhone though, that people have been calling the “iPhone 8”, will sport a bold top-to-bottom redesign (a bezel-less design with a beautiful OLED display, to be precise enough) and some fantastic new specifications under it’s hood.

Earlier we had reports that Apple would participate in the conventional school of thought and simply place the fingerprint sensor at the back of the device; later followed by news claiming that that the iOS tech giant would now integrate the sensor directly into it’s OLED display. Now, a new note from the world’s most reliable source of accurate Apple leaks, KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, says that while rumors of the new OLED iPhone featuring a full-screen bezel-less design are true, the device will feature a virtual home button without an integrated fingerprint sensor.

The world’s “most reliable analyst on all things Apple” continues to state that the virtual home button will not support fingerprint recognition, and that the OLED iPhone will not include a Touch ID sensor at all; “We predict the OLED model won’t support fingerprint recognition, reasons being: (1) the full-screen design doesn’t work with existing capacitive fingerprint recognition, and (2) the scan-through ability of the under-display fingerprint solution still has technical challenges.”

That said, Kuo’s wording doesn’t really give any sort of confirmation on whether the fingerprint reader would actually be removed from the upcoming iPhone or placed on the back of the device. To be honest enough, I won’t be even surprised if Apple actually ditched the Touch ID entirely in favor of facial recognition. Remember the huge step taken by Apple on 16 September 2016, when it decided to get rid of the customary 3.5mm headphone jack? Does that tell you anything about the change that Apple actually believes in?