Looking Back at Rumors of iPhone X Design With Rear Touch ID That Never Emerged

Leaker Ben Geskin today resurfaced the rumored iPhone X design featuring Touch ID on the back of the device from 2017 that never emerged.

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Around five years ago, when it was rumored that Apple was moving from the long-standing iPhone design with a round Home Button and thick top and bottom bezels to an all-screen design, there were significant questions around how Apple would implement user biometric authentication. Apple ultimately unveiled Face ID, but initial rumors suggested that the company would stick with Touch ID and implement it under the display or place it on the rear of the device.

Lining up with this, a fairly consistent series of leaks at the time depicted an ‌iPhone‌ X design with larger top and bottom bezels, a display with unrounded corners, an aluminum rear, and a round ‌Touch ID‌ fingerprint scanner on the back.

Retrospectively, the widespread and detailed nature of the alleged ‌iPhone‌ chassis has aroused suspicion that Apple itself was behind the rumor, seeking to lower customer expectations and flood the rumor mill with false information. It is also possible that the chassis were used internally at Apple for an early ‌iPhone‌ X prototype.

Whether Apple was behind the wave of false leaks that briefly captivated the rumor community five years ago remains unknown, but the mysterious ‌iPhone‌ design continues to arouse discussion.

Flagship iPhones will have been lacking ‌Touch ID‌ for five years as of this fall, but rumors persist about Apple reviving the technology for the iPhone. Apple reportedly tested an under-screen fingerprint scanner for at least some iPhone 13 models, according to The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern and Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, but Apple apparently decided not to move forward with the idea.

In a September 2021 research note, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo forecasted that Apple will launch at least one new ‌iPhone‌ model with an under-display fingerprint scanner in the second half of 2023. There have also been rumors of a larger iPhone SE model with Touch ID built into the Power Button, much like the latest iPad Air and iPad mini.

Top Rated Comments

TSE Avatar
16 weeks ago
Wish the power buttons on iPhones had TouchID built-in.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
melgross Avatar
16 weeks ago
It seems as though Ben was easily fooled, and is trying to excuse it by stating that Apple pushed it. Well, Ben, instead of spouting nonsense telling us it’s so complicated that you can’t explain it, which itself is suspicious, try us.

yes, it’s possible Apple was trying out different things, and somehow this leaked. After all, Apple trys many different ideas which never make it. In 2021 they spent $22 billion on R&D, so we should expect they’re experimenting with many iPhone designs. That doesn’t mean they will come out, or even that Apple is seriously considering them.

when I was designing equipment for my company, I would sometimes work on something I didn’t think would succeed, but I wanted to try it to find out why. That didn’t mean I was planning on using the design. It was a hedge, in case it somehow turned out to be more usable than I thought, as sometimes happens.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
16 weeks ago
I personally don’t think Jony Ive would have approved this design. However, what Apple needs to bring is an under-screen Touch ID. To this day I still miss the 3D touch. I have no idea how long it’s going to take Apple to implement that.

Update at 10:55 AM. Apple, it is that easy. Why can’t we have this for the iPhone? ?

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Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Spock Avatar
16 weeks ago
I always thought that the leaks looked a little to much like an Android phone, I am glad Apple didn't go this route.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
B4U Avatar
16 weeks ago
Imagine how cool would it be if that is on the Apple logo instead? :apple:
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jdavid_rp Avatar
16 weeks ago

Wish the power buttons on iPhones had TouchID built-in.
Yeah, it would be so nice. The Xperia Z series done it and it worked so nice.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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