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The iPhone 8 is expected to receive a major design change with new enhancements, and it’s suggested to be unveiled later this Fall 2017 in celebration of its 10-year anniversary. With production of the device already in the works, sources have leaked new info regarding the new design and indicates that Apple may relocate the Touch ID to the rear since it’s currently facing issues implementing the fingerprint sensor underneath the smartphone’s display. The iPhone 8 is suggested to boast a button-less front, with a screen similar to the recently unveiled Galaxy S8.

Additional reports, however, suggest that Apple may ditch the Touch ID feature as a last resort, although, it’s a core element for Apple Pay so it seems unlikely. Furthermore, the iPhone 8 is rumored to incorporate 3D facial recognition as an additional security to complement the Touch ID rather than replace it, however, it’s a viable but unproven alternative to replace the verification functionality that fingerprints currently provide.

Research analyst, Andy Hargreaves, of Pacific Crest Securities further expressed: “Likely options for Apple include a delay of production or elimination of fingerprint sensing on the OLED iPhone. We believe Apple continues to work on solving its optical fingerprint issues. If it’s able to solve the problems in the next month or so, it would likely place volume orders at that point.”

Pricing of the forthcoming iPhone 8 is also rumored to cost more than $1,000. Stay tuned for more updates as they develop.

Brian Farmer is Highsnobiety's Managing Editor and is based in New York City.

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