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Apple Under Fire, Tries To Act More Responsibly

Tomorrow is Earth Day 2017, and Apple is trying to provide its fans with lots of green reasons to love the company. Its new Environmental Responsibility Report, for instance, highlights sustainability goals that include a plan to eventually only make all of its products from renewable or recycled materials.

At the same time, however, many iPhone lovers are worrying that Apple’s next device update will give them fewer, rather than more, reasons to love the company. While various rumors have been circulating for months about this year’s new iPhone models, another leak this week renewed concerns that Apple might be relocating its Touch ID fingerprint scanner to the back of its new device.

A tweet on Wednesday by Australia-based tech leaker Sonny Dickson showed a schematic image of a rear phone case with an Apple logo above an opening that many believe is for a fingerprint sensor. The document appeared to come from Foxconn, the manufacturing firm contracted to produce iPhones and other Apple products. In his tweet, Dickson noted, “iPhone 8 looks to be taking a new direction.”

‘Deal Breaker’ or ‘No Big Deal’?

Expectations are high for this year’s new iPhone models, as 2017 marks 10 years since the first iPhone was unveiled by late CEO Steve Jobs. Many Apple fans are anticipating some bold updates, especially since the last few iPhones have arrived with mostly smaller, incremental design changes.

Leaks and rumors so far have suggested that at least one new iPhone model will feature an almost bezel-free curved-glass front. That would require Apple to find a new way to incorporate its Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which is currently a physical button at the bottom of the screen.

Two other recent smartphone models, the Samsung Galaxy S8, which hits the market today, and the Google Pixel, released in…


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