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    April 18, 2017

    Apple reportedly nixes the iPhone 8’s wraparound display

    iPhone 8

    Apple has reportedly scrubbed the idea of including a wraparound display on the iPhone 8, and might be forced to include a rear-facing fingerprint scanner.

    It’s been widely anticipated that Apple has imminent plans to shake up the design lineage of its mobile handset with a wraparound display aboard the iPhone 8, but new reports from MacOtakara have now claimed that the Cupertino company has nixed that possibility.

    MacOtakara cites that the iPhone 8 – or, iPhone Edition – will instead feature a glass sandwich design with a flat OLED panel based on a stainless steel frame.

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    The news, if accurate, will be a blow for those amongst us seeking a substantial change from the aluminium unibody design Apple has pioneered from the iPhone 6 until the incumbent iPhone 7.

    The news brings with it some ramifications for the handset’s fingerprint scanner; previously, it has been suggested that a future iPhone would incorporate a designated ‘Function Area‘ in which a TouchID sensor would be housed beneath the glass of the primary display.

    Instead, new rumours indicate that Apple is reportedly doubling back on TouchID integration, and might opt to incorporate a rear-facing fingerprint scanner. The news echoes Samsung’s decision aboard the Galaxy S8, which similarly includes a last-minute rear-facing fingerprint scanner.

    MacOtakara cites that the iPhone 8 has entered the DVT (Design Verification Testing) stage, indicating that we could hear more about the handset’s potential design in the coming weeks and months.

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    What are your thoughts? Would you be interested in purchasing an iPhone 8 without the addition of a wraparound display or the newfound presence of a rear fingerprint scanner? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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