Thursday, April 20, 2017
Apple fans that made fun of Samsung for being forced to place the fingerprint sensor on the back of the Galaxy S8 may have to prepare for a similar backlash, as a leaked specification design sheet shows a similar setup for this year's high-end iPhone.
The image was leaked by Sonny Dickson who has a good track record on this sort of things, and shows some nice details about the potential future iPhone. The design seems to be inspired by the iPhone 5/SE, though with a complete metal back (no glass windows for RF signals), and that also leads credence to the new vertical orientation of the dual camera on the back - it makes more sense considering you take pictures with the iPhone horizontally most of the time, and that would allow for a better 3D processing (just consider how our own eyes are separated horizontally, not vertically. :)
As for its size, this leaked design reveals an iPhone that stays right in the middle of the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus - but we need to consider that its screen will be practically bezel-less, which means it may end up having a screen larger that the iPhone 7 Plus.
Now for the tricky part... to have such screen Apple won't be able to have a Touch ID sensor - in its current form - on the front of the device. Apple is supposedly working hard to have a sensor that can be placed behind the OLED screen, allowing users to place their fingers right on the screen; but it seems that technology is proving to be harder to get right than previously thought - which forced Samsung to simply move the sensor to the back. And, seemingly, Apple is considering such an option as well, though that would be seen as a big fail...
Nevertheless, it is known that Apple is still considering several iPhone designs, and more likely than not, this one is just a "backup" model they can backtrack to should their real intentions prove to be unfeasible to complete in the current time frame. Fans are hoping for a real special iPhone to mark this year's 10th iPhone anniversary - let's hope Apple won't let anyone down.