Apple iPhone 8 may have fingerprint reader at back

Apple's iPhone 7 in Jet Black with a pair of Air Pod earbuds

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Apple is believed to be preparing three iPhones for launch later this year, including upgraded versions of the current two models and a new top-of-the-line handset.

As of now, there is no official word about which iPhone will be first to come out from the Peenya assembly unit in Bangalore, but rumors suggest that Apple might consider iPhone 6 and 6S rather than going for the latest iPhone 7. Ditching the Home button and stretching the new OLED display to the gently curved sides will let Apple fit a screen almost the size of the iPhone 7 Plus into a smartphone that closer in size to the iPhone 7. Also, the iPhone X concept envisions the device having a dual lens setup like the iPhone 7 Plus, except that the they are placed in a vertical order.

As cited on ET, a Karnataka state official said "We are working to see that (Apple) brings its entire component making ecosystem to Bengaluru and begins to export from here", one of the officials said.

He expects Apple will pursue its requests with the Centre independent of its Bengaluru plans "because India is a market it can ill-afford to ignore at this point".

I'm not saying that the iPhone 8 will be a flop, or that people won't buy it. If that's what we think it might be, then iPhone users are in for a terrible, ugly surprise that Samsung Galaxy S8 owners are familiar with - a fingerprint sensor.

A new schematic leak claims to have confirmed that Apple will go with Touch ID at the back of iPhone 8.

The iPhone is Apple's most important product, representing about two-thirds of its sales.

Spokespeople for Apple and Samsung declined to comment. Samsung also tried this approach for the S8, but ended up installing a more standard fingerprint reader on the back of its phone due to the challenges, another person said.

RV Deshpande, Karnataka's industries minister said he discussed Apple's case with Union minsters Arun Jaitley and Nirmala Sitharaman a couple of times in recent months. The AirPods Bluetooth headphones, released past year, use low-energy communications chips that Apple got through its purchase of Passif Semiconductor Corp.in 2013.

The change in camera modules might add some sort of augmented reality (AR) function. Company engineers in the past have also experimented with integrating cameras into screens, another person said.

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