New iPhone 8 renders show what it will look like with the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone

New renders of what could be the design of the iPhone 8 have been posted on Chinese social media platform Weibo.

Two rendered images — spotted by 9to5Mac — show an iPhone in three different colours with what appears to be a Touch ID fingerprint sensor beneath the Apple logo on the rear of the device.

They also show an edge-to-edge display, vertical dual camera design, and no physical home button, which ties in with other leaks and reports.

The Touch ID sensor has traditionally been on the front of the iPhone but reports have suggested that Apple may need to move it for the new iPhone. That’s reportedly because it’s difficult to integrate TouchID underneath the new screen, which is expected to be a 5.8 inch OLED display.

Touch ID allows iPhone users to unlock their phone and authenticate payments. Putting it on the back of the iPhone would fundamentally change how people use the iPhone. Most people currently use their thumb on the TouchID but it’s likely that they would use their index figure or another finger if the Touch ID was on the back.

Apple does not typically comment on rumours such as this one.

Here’s what else is rumoured for the iPhone 8:

  • There might be augmented reality features
  • It might not be called the iPhone 8 — instead it might be called the iPhone X or iPhone 10
  • It will have faster chips and more storage
  • A battery life of around nine hours
  • It could have wireless charging

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