Apple is testing at least ten different iPhone prototypes and Bloomberg said yesterday that one of the designs being considered features an aluminum back rather than a glass one, and slightly larger dimensions. Today, Australian leakster Sonny Dickson tweeted out an image of what appears to be a technical drawing for an aluminum iPhone 8 prototype (could it instead be an iPhone 7s prototype?) that shows vertically aligned dual cameras and a fingerprint sensor on the backside.

The drawing definitely appears to depict a dual-camera system on the back that’s aligned vertically for enhanced photography and Touch ID sensor relocated to the backside.

This Design Verification Testing prototype could be Apple’s fallback model in case they fail to embed an optical fingerprint reader in the display, as has been rumored. But what if the hole under the Apple logo on the backside is for wireless charging, not the fingerprint sensor?

Also, could this actually be an iPhone 7s prototype?

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Bloomberg’s people familiar with the matter detailed at least three different iPhone prototypes that Apple is thought to have tested with manufacturing partners in Asia:

  • Prototype #1: Flat OLED screen and the cover glass that curves into a steel frame. Design conceptually similar to iPhone 4 with symmetrical, slightly curved glass on the front/back and the curves similar in shape to those on the front of iPhone 7. “An earlier prototype design had a thinner steel band, leaving more noticeable curved glass on the sides,“ reads the article.
  • Prototype #2: The same slightly curved front and steel frame like Prototype #1 with a glass back having “more dramatic curves” on the top and bottom akin to the original iPhone design from 2007.
  • Prototype #3: Basically a tweaked Prototype #2, only slightly larger, with a simpler design with an aluminum back rather than a glass one. This is Apple’s fallback device because suppliers have so far “struggled to reliably produce heavily curved glass in mass quantities.”

Japanese blog Mac Otakara said earlier this week that iPhone 8 might feature a stainless steel frame, vertically stacked rear cameras for advanced AR/VR features and other perks.

Take Dickson’s leak with a grain of salt because, again, this is just one of the more than ten different iPhone prototypes that Apple has been testing, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Given the significance of the so-called Tenth Anniversary iPhone, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that Apple has been trolling us with various prototypes in an effort to keep the final iPhone 8 design under wraps for as long as possible.

Source: Sonny Dickson on Twitter

  • Jay

    I hope this prototype isn’t the one that is released! Very unattractive.

    • 7s, maybe?

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        In the name of Christ, this better not be the final design. Sensor on the back, no way, that’s the worst place to put sensor at. I’m fine even if they place it at front like the current line up. In fact a lot of people won’t mind it. But, holy shit,  don’t place it at the back.

      • burge

        It works on the LG G6 very well and unless you have tried it you don’t no how well it does work.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        Had an Life’s Garbage V20. Have a OP3 too, using the seven plus. Sensor on back can never be as good as it’s on the front.

      • burge

        Its good on the G6. In fact I’m using it right now.

        No I have not gave up iOS for Android I am reviewing this device (not Android) for my network provider.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        Alright.

      • therealjjohnson

        If my phone is laying on the table with the screen facing up, I would have to pick the phone up in order to unlock it versus just placing my finger on it. I don’t need to have the LG G6 to know that this process will not be ideal for me. Often times my phone is in that position while on the desk at work. Why would I ad an extra step in seeing a message that appears on my phone?

      • burge

        So you don’t know your unlock code ? You don’t always need to use the Touch ID. And I hate to say this but mobile phone are designed to be held in the hand to be used.

      • Christopher Lim

        Well, I have a 16 digit alphanumeric code…

      • burge

        Hopefully will implement voice recognition to unlock the device.

      • therealjjohnson

        Just to see a text message ? I need to pick the whole phone up? Because I don’t currently and now I will have to just to check something really quick. You’re not supposed to go backwards with a version…

      • burge

        So your saying you will not get another iPhone if they move the Touch ID to the back.

      • therealjjohnson

        Man, I asked myself that question. I would just get the red version and keep this 7 plus.

      • burge

        What if Apple did voice recognition to unlock the device. And don’t forget there are rumours of face recognition and iris recognition. It doesn’t have to be touch ID/passcodes to unlock a device.

      • therealjjohnson

        I’m not buying a phone with face recognition. That’s where I bow out. I’m good on voice recognition as well.

      • burge

        If it had it it would be a user option to turn on/off.

      • brymonster

        How about laying flat on a desk, or in a car dash mount, etc..?

      • Richtwo Naistwo

        I have. Nothing beats the current sensor

      • Jay

        Maybe.. I doubt that due because all previous S models use the the same external design as the model it is an upgrade of. This is pretty squared like an iPhone 4 and 5.

      • Benedict

        seems alot of design changes for a ‘s’ version.. looks like the 8 to me..

    • Gethro

      It will be

  • ic0dex

    Finally flat sides like the iPhone 5/5S. Also that Touch ID sensor is to low, the should use the Apple logo for the Touch ID and unlocking the display. I’m sure we’ll see the Touch ID placed inside the display by next year, eater from Samsung or Apple. That technology is just to new and I feel like they just started looking into it, it was never in their plans. If it’s something they wanted to do from 2-3 years ago then it would have already been done.

  • Abhijeet Gupta

    Dick”son” – iOS 10.3 dark mode * coughs *

    Popcorn shaped icon – * coughs *

  • Virus

    About time Apple got rid of that ugly home button it’s not 2007 anymore.

    • therealjjohnson

      Whats ugly about a circle?

      • Virus

        takes up too much space

  • Jamessmooth

    Just gotta say I’m really liking the new layout of the site!

  • Luka Petranović

    I wanna hear @seb481
    What do you think about it?

  • n0ahcruz3

    Lets wait for KGI Ming-chi kuo announcement he’s got more accurate leaks

  • ravinigga

    Well I have rather this then no Touch ID.
    But i hope its in the display self

  • [RECON1]

    The vertical cameras kind of look weird too…

  • Ruck

    They so leak fake designs to drive us all nuts. Then they watch and read…then laugh.

  • MMA Rules

    Please nooooo no Touch ID on the back, Put it in the Power Button instead

  • therealjjohnson

    Only way this “looks” good is if you place it in the apple logo. Even then it would still be inconvenient.

  • AwesomeSauce

    If touch ID is gonna go on the back then they should put it on the Apple logo.

  • Riley Freeman

    they better delay the phone until they get it together. Putting it on the back is unnaceptable

  • Richtwo Naistwo

    Excuse My French but back fingerprint sensors suck hairy ..lls

  • George

    And if they’re real then what?