Apple is expected to do away with the Home button on the iPhone 8. This means that the company will either have to ditch the Touch ID fingerprint sensor or reposition it. Multiple reports have suggested that it will reposition the Touch ID sensor to the back. A new video has surfaced online which apparently shows the rear-mounted iPhone 8 fingerprint sensor in action.
It goes without saying that Apple hasn’t confirmed any of this as yet so take it with a grain of salt. The video comes from an unofficial source and there’s no way to ascertain its authenticity at this point in time.
This 10-second clip was originally posted to China’s equivalent of Twitter, Weibo. It shows the person pressing their finger to the iPhone 8’s rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and then triggering diagnostics on a connected machine.
The back panel seen in the video is consistent with the iPhone 8 leaks that have surfaced so far. The Apple logo is prominently displayed and the vertical dual camera system is similar to the one we’ve seen in leaked iPhone 8 renders.
It’s far from confirmed that the iPhone 8 will have a rear fingerprint sensor, though. There have been many conflicting reports about this. Some suggest that the iPhone 8 isn’t going to have a fingerprint sensor at all and that Apple will make the handset’s 3D face scanner the star of the show.
Other reports suggest that the Touch ID fingerprint sensor will be integrated into the power button which is located on the right edge of the bezel on the bezel. We should find out for sure by next month when Apple officially unveils the iPhone 8.