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Apple in 'panic mode' as iPhone 8 issues are far from being resolved: Report

Apple is facing difficulties in implementing the wireless charging and facial recognition technology in iPhone 8.

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The Apple iPhone 8 launch is drawing closer and multiple leaks have already revealed the specifications of the smartphone. It is well known that Apple is working with wireless charging technology, facial recognition, and an in-display fingerprint scanner for the anniversary special edition. Unfortunately, Apple seems to be facing software bugs in implementing each of these new tricks. Recent reports mention how Apple is trying hard to resolve the issues and avoid pushing back the launch date of the smartphone. Also Read - Apple AR/VR headset mass production may be delayed until end of 2022 : Report

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The iPhone 8 has previously been called by many names, iPhone X, iPhone Pro, and other but the iPhone 8 is the most popular choice. Initially, Apple faced issues in implementing the under-display fingerprint scanner but the issue seemingly has been resolved. Apple and Samsung were both known to be working with the technology, with Samsung ditching the effort last minute and switching to the rear scanner that debuted with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Apple might have met success with the under-display scanner but is facing a challenge when it comes to other features. Also Read - iPhone sales record 150 percent growth in India during Q3 2021: Report

A report in Fast Company, Apple is experimenting with wireless charging for the first time and has switched to a glass back panel for the iPhone 8. Apple is said to be using a type of inductive charging technology and the wireless charging components are provided by chipmaker Broadcom Ltd. The hardware is perfectly aligned with the smartphone. However, it is the software that is giving the problems and Apple developers are still unable to figure out a solution. As a worst case scenario, the launch of the iPhone 8 might get delayed if things aren’t on track soon. Another solution promoted is Apple shipping the iPhone 8 without a functional wireless charging feature. Since the problem is at software end, Apple can easily activate the feature later on. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 rear panel leak confirms vertical dual-camera module: Report

The second problem, mentioned in the same report says that the facial recognition feature Apple plans to use in the iPhone 8 is also facing issues. The new 3D sensor will be placed on the top bezel and will help unlock the smartphone by recognizing the face. techniques like skin color match, facial alignment and others will be used to unlock the device. The 3D sensor might also feature an iris scanner. The speed and the accuracy of the sensor are the keys to an efficient unlock solution.Those are exactly the points Apple seems to be struggling with. While the hardware is functional and working, teaching it different tricks like unlocking even if the phone is on a flat surface instead of in the hand, is proving to be difficult.

If announced in September, iPhone 8 might come without one or both of the above-mentioned features. Both could be rolled out as OTA updates, post the launch of the iPhone 8, once the technology has been perfected. Interestingly, the features Apple is struggling with have long been a part of Samsung devices, working without and glitches. This is not the first time we’ve heard news of a delay in the launch of the flagship device. Some reports even suggested that the launch could be delayed as late as November – with Apple announcing the smartphone in September but the actual units shipping out only in the year end, around the Holiday season. Well, it is still a few months to September and all we can do is hope that Apple resolves the issues in time.

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  • Published Date: July 12, 2017 1:24 PM IST


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