One of the popular and persistent rumors for 2017’s iPhone is that it will be doing away with the iconic home button, which also begs the question of where will the fingerprint sensor go? Some have suggested that Apple could ditch Touch ID in favor of facial recognition, while others suggest an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner.
Now according to the latest rumor from iDropNews (via Cult of Mac), they are claiming that the 2017 iPhone could instead move the fingerprint sensor to the back of the phone, which is what a lot of Android OEMs have been doing, and one that Samsung has recently adopted for the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
The rumor goes on to claim that 2017’s iPhone could be called the iPhone Edition, which we guess is following the naming scheme of the top-of-the-line Apple Watch Edition. In addition, the report is claiming that the iPhone Edition will not feature a glass back as previously rumored, but instead it will stick to metal as there is worry that the glass will shatter when dropped.
Now obviously you should take this with a grain of salt for now since it pretty much contradicts quite a lot of the previous reports we’ve heard, and some of which have come from pretty reputable sources. However given that we’re still many months away from an announcement, we guess it’s hard to say who’s right and wrong at this point in time.