Apple’s iPhone 8 has leaked. Again. This time it comes via a case maker, though the design of the iPhone does look pretty different
Apple’s iPhone 8 will be the biggest release of 2017. There is no doubt about this; Apple’s iPhone launches are always big deals, and analysts are especially bullish about this year’s release, as it is the first time Apple has bothered to touch the design in three years.
We know quite a bit about the iPhone 8 already, as you can see in our iPhone 8 Rumours Article, though a lot of people appear to still be confused about whether or not Apple’s iPhone 8 will feature a standard, physical TouchID button (likely on the back of the phone) or a new one built into the display.
Looking at these leaked cases for the iPhone 8, it appears the latter is correct: Apple’s iPhone WILL have TouchID built directly into the display, as there are no ports for access to a scanner on the back of the handset.
The iPhone 8 in these pictures (from SlashLeaks) also looks squatter and wider than previous iPhones, adding to the mystery surrounding this phone. Obviously, this leak could simply be a PR stunt by the case maker, done to drum up awareness of its product ahead of launch (the iPhone in the image is a render, after all).
“But what really matters here is the actual design of the case,” notes BGR. “The protective design features an opening that would fit a vertical dual lens camera on the back and all the expected physical buttons that you’d expect on an iPhone, including a mute switch, two volume rockers, and a standby button. The latter is slightly taller than previous power button designs, which also fits with earlier rumors.”
It added: “What’s also worth noticing is the absence of an opening on the back of the case that would fit a rear-facing Touch ID sensor. If this case maker has accurate information, then it means the iPhone 8 won’t have a fingerprint sensor on the back.”
Apple was apparently having a lot of trouble with integrating TouchID into the display; yields were reportedly very low which is why the company was trailing versions with TouchID on the back of the handset. Either way, it appears Apple has found a work around.
The alternative is these cases are based on a model that we won’t see if stores about low yields of the iPhone 8 (sans physical TouchID) are true. Case makers work to design briefs, essentially dimensions, nothing more, so it is likely they had prospective designs for both potential models.
Basically, the leak’s interesting but it doesn’t really tell us anything we didn’t already know.