The rumors about the iPhone 8 expected for the September 8 are increasing. The most recent report focuses on the dimensions of the housing, depending on the housing design and the question of whether the fingerprint sensor travels from the front to the rear. So the iPhone 8 is bigger, wider and thicker than the iPhone 7.
Thicker than iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
The hitherto sketched schematic drawings and renderings of the iPhone 8 gave already first indications on the housing dimensions of the smartphone. To the exact measure, however, came no information. IDrop News has now been awarded with the exact dimensions of the case. So the upcoming iPhone top model measures 143.59 × 70.94 × 7.57 millimeters. This would make the iPhone 8 thicker than the iPhone 7 (138.3 × 67.1 × 7.1 mm) and iPhone 7 Plus (158.2 × 77.9 × 7.3 mm), but slimmer than Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S8 (148.9 × 68.1 × 8.0 mm) and Samsung Galaxy S8 + (159.5 × 73.4 × 8.1 mm).
Whether Apple‘s increased housing thickness because of a larger battery has chosen, or new hardware components such as the OLED display require more space, is not known. IDrop News has produced several rendering pictures, which show Apple’s upcoming flagship in comparison with the current iPhone generation and Samsung’s top models. It is apparent that the iPhone 8 despite the smaller area, the iPhone 7 Plus on the display should exceed.
Unclear about Touch ID
The iPhone-8 messages from the last few months are consistent in many respects. The device will provide an almost frameless OLED display with a diagonal of 5.8 inches. Also the vertical dual-lens camera on the back and the 3D face detection of the front camera are considered relatively safe. In addition, the iPhone 8 can also charge wirelessly.
However, the position of the fingerprint sensor is still unclear. Since the Homebutton most likely disappears so that the display can extend almost the entire front of the smartphone, there is no more space for the previous touch-ID solution. Apple has two options for accommodating the fingerprint sensor anyway: Either the group integrates Touch ID optically in the glass display, or relocates the sensor – such as Samsung Galaxy S8 – to the back. The majority of the previous reports indicate the display solution on the front. The chip maker TSMC, who is responsible for the production of the A11 chip, which has been installed in the iPhone 8, has also already indicated the optical fingerprint sensor.
However, there are reports that speak of a touch-ID field on the back of the housing. Apple often produces several prototypes and decides after a test phase, which variant becomes the final design. Touch ID is currently the most likely solution.