Confirmed: iPhone 8 May come with an On-Screen Touch ID after Apple Gets Patent to Embed it in Display

Apple iPhone 8 rumors

Today, a fresh report emerged from The Wall Street Journal, adding more weight to the speculations that Apple iPhone 8 will come with an OLED display screen with curved edges.

While this report has nothing to do with Apple itself, it heavily corroborates previous reports about the alleged iPhone 8. Apparently, the phone will be coming in with a Samsung-made OLED display panel and even though the report doesn’t say a thing regarding the screen size, it had previously been claimed that the panel will be 5.8 inches in size.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Apple iPhone 8 will not be coming in with the physical home screen button. While this is not a big deal as we’ve seen quite a huge chunk of Android devices that have no physical home button, the point of contention here is where Apple will be relocating this button, including the Touch ID that lives on it.

Kuo has claimed that the 5.8-inch OLED screen will have a function area right below the main screen and this area will be dedicated to certain, well, functions. If this is right, we should see the home screen button make its way to this function area – but what happens to the fingerprint scanner? Even though there have been talks of Apple possibly moving the scanner to the back of the phone like with Samsung Galaxy S8 and other Android devices, the latest development suggests otherwise.

Apple iPhone 8

In a fresh report coming from Patently Apple, Cupertino has just been granted a patent that will allow the tech giant embed the fingerprint scanner into the display. This is a huge step towards having an iPhone 8 with an on-screen Touch ID, but it doesn’t mean that this will indeed be the case, at least until after Apple makes it official.

The new approach to the Touch ID is said to be a lot better with the physical version. Apparently, the feature will be special in that when you want to authenticate an App Store transaction, for instance, you won’t be explicitly asked to authenticate the process, rather, your iPhone 8 will simply be able to read the current fingerprint that is placed or is touching the display.

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