Apple has reportedly managed to crack the problem that has stayed in its way to a bezel-less iPhone 8. According to sources, the company has found a way to place the Touch ID sensor on the display of the upcoming model. Apple supplier, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) apparently unofficially confirmed the achievement to Chinese-language Economic Daily News.
The placement of the sensor has been the biggest issue for Apple. Considering the Home button will go to make way for the bezel-less design, the phone manufacturer has contemplated several options. Either place the Touch ID sensor on the back of the phone, or find a way to integrate it directly onto the screen.
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Another option would be to drop the fingerprint recognition entirely, and go for other forms of authentication instead. Like face or iris recognition, that Samsung Galaxy S8 has introduced, in addition to the traditional fingerprint sensor. Reality shows, though, that these methods aren’t as reliable, and reports say people have managed to fool them using pictures and contact lenses.
A rear-facing sensor is something that Apple’s competitors do, that’s why the company probably stayed away from this solution. In addition, current iPhone users have slammed the idea of a rear-mounted Touch ID. So if the latest report is true, this is the miracle Apple fans have hoped for.
The news also confirms the previous rumors, that said Apple aimed to finish working on the Touch ID sensor in May. This way there will be enough time for mass production in the second half of July, which is the usual timeframe for the company.
I hope this gives you a better idea of how #iPhone8 will look like.
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The new iPhone is said to come with ‘invisible infrared image sensors to enhance the functionality of the high-pixel camera’, that will provide some sort of augmented reality functions. The TMSC sources mentioned another biometric authentication like facial recognition. It might be used to enhance the Touch ID through the front-facing camera, which is rumored to support 3D-sensing capabilities.
The iPhone 8 will reportedly abandon the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, and will instead be 18.5:9, like the latest Samsung flagship. Other design changes are expected to include a steel and glass body, an OLED display that is edge-to-edge, and a ‘premium price’. The redesigned iPhone 8 is rumored to cost more than its 7 and 7 plus predecessors. Rumors say, Apple is planning to introduce the new iPhone along with upgraded models of the current lineup.