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The technical schematics of the hotly-anticipated iPhone 8 have supposedly leaked online.
Technical drawings of the next iPhone – as well as final dimensions for the device – snapped inside Foxconn have been shared across social media website, Weibo.
If the leaked drawings are accurate, the next flagship iPhone looks a bit … well, ugly.
The schematics depict a number of rumoured features – including the razor-thin bezels around the front display, as well as the removal of the physical Home Button.
When compared to the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the top and bottom bezels appear to be significantly smaller.
Images shared on Weibo purportedly show the technical drawings of the next iPhone
This should reduce the physical footprint of the device, despite the slight increase in screen size rumoured for the next flagship iPhone.
On the back, Apple appears to have rotated the dual-camera set-up it debuted with the iPhone 7 Plus, so that it is now stacked vertically in the top-left corner.
It looks like the cameras will protrude from the body of the iPhone, too, which will likely make the smartphone wobble when placed on a flat surface.
And worst of all, it appears Apple will relocate the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the rear of the phone.
The iPhone manufacturer was reportedly hoping to embed the Touch ID fingerprint scanner technology, which until now has been housed within the physical button, beneath the glass display.
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But the yield rates of this new Touch ID technology is frustratingly low triggering a bottleneck in iPhone production, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri claimed earlier this week.
Renders of the what the iPhone 8 would look like if it moved the scanner to the rear of the phone
That could explain why the fingerprint scanner has been smacked dead-centre in the middle of the rear case, beneath the Apple logo.
It might be a little too early to judge, but this does not look like the no-holds-barred 10th anniversary iPhone that has been rumoured since last summer.
In fact, it looks a little ugly.
There are also a number of disadvantages to moving the fingerprint sensor to the back of the phone – not least, the fact that you cannot unlock the phone with your fingerprint when it's resting on a desk or table without picking it up.
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Also, since the fingerprint scanner is out of your line of sight, you can find yourself blindly fumbling, which can lose time – especially when you're trying to authorise a contactless payment.
Fortunately, there is hope.
As shown in the table with the leaked Weibo image, this technical drawing is supposedly an image of the iPhone 8’s Engineering Validation Test third revision.
Engineering Validation Test, or EVT, is an early stage in Apple's product development cycle.
According to those with knowledge of the company's internal approval process, the iPhone must still pass a Design Validation Test and Production Validation Test stage before being finalised ready for the September release date.
As a result, some of the design decisions showcased in these schematics are not necessarily locked down.
Technology blog 9To5Mac speculates that this design – with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the rear of the phone – is likely in reserve, should the yield rates on the touchscreen with the technology embedded beneath the display not improve.