New Apple patent shows an alternate Touch ID button location

Although we are still months away from the launch of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 (also likely to be called ‘iPhone Edition’), one of the 68 new patents granted to the company by the USPTO may have hinted at a new hardware that the smartphone might come with – a repositioned TouchID button.

As spotted by Patently Apple website, the diagrams accompanying the new patent show the Touch ID button placed on the top of the smartphone.

“Because the finger biometric sensor assembly #30 is smaller than prior art finger biometric sensor assemblies, the finger biometric sensor assembly may be located where real-estate has been limited, for example, along a thin side of the housing #21,” reads the patent description. The diagram in the patent shows #30 placed on the Power button of the smartphone.

This way, when a user presses on the Power button, the sensor will recognize the fingerprint and unlock/lock the smartphone. The patent was filed back in Q2 2015, and cements the fact that there indeed won’t be the same old Touch ID button below the display in the upcoming iPhone(s).

Recently, several leaks pointed towards the inclusion of an extended display without any bezels in the iPhone 8. A leaked image showed the alleged front and back panel of the yet-to-be-announced smartphone, confirming a bezel less screen and dual rear camera setup.

In addition, another report by Bloomberg recently claimed that iPhone 8 won’t support 1Gbps LTE speeds. According to the report, Qualcomm has already claimed that its latest modems can theoretically reach Gigabit LTE speeds, but Intel is still not ready with the technology. And since the Cupertino-based tech giant doesn’t rely on just one supplier for hardware, it cannot launch select iPhones with Gigabit LTE supporting Qualcomm modems and rest with Intel modems.

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