The iPhone 8 Touch ID could be moving to the device’s power button, according to Benjamin Geskin.
In a new tweet, the designer-leaker has published a series of images purportedly showing molds for the three long-rumored 2017 iPhones. As you can clearly see, the power button on the so-called “iPhone 8” (the one in the middle) is longer than the buttons found on the “iPhone 7s” and “iPhone 7s Plus.”
Geskin explains, “Form is 100% confirmed. Touch ID in power button or display. (99% NOT on the back).”
In recent months, most rumors have suggested that Apple will reveal three new iPhones this fall. One of these devices is likely to feature a new design highlighted by an edge-to-edge 5.8-inch OLED display. Rumors have differed on the placement of the Touch ID on this device.
For months, it looked like the iPhone 8 would include Touch ID embedded into the display. Production issues, however, might have forced Apple to rethink the placement. Just weeks ago, it appeared more likely Touch ID was being moved to the back of the device.
Today’s leak is the first to suggest Touch ID would instead become part of the device’s power button.
There’s no way of knowing whether Geskin’s images are valid, of course. They could be bogus or 100 percent correct. We’ll have to see what newer leaks show in the coming days or weeks to get a better read.
Cupertino’s expected to announce its next lineup of iPhones in September with a public release in October or November.
For more rumor’s on this year’s iPhone lineup, look at our round up.