The entire universe by now knows that Apple is going to launch a special edition iPhone later this year to mark the 10th anniversary of the first-ever iPhone. There have been a number of rumors and leaks about this year s iPhone, and turns out there could be as many as three iPhones this year. While the two will be the regular successors, the third one, the special edition, will come with radical changes, and new features. But there s a big problem — the iPhone 8 could be delayed. Also Read - AirPods 3 leaks: New AirPods could launch on April 20 alongside Apple Pencil 3, new iPad Pros, AirTagsAlso Read - iPhone 13 Mini new leaks emerge, new camera setup, small notch in tow
According to a research note from KeyBanc Capital Markets analysts Andy Hargreaves, John Vinh and Josh Beck, Apple has yet to figure out the fingerprint scanner issue. It is reported that the company hasn t managed to embed the Touch ID sensor into the iPhone 8 display. According to the note, published by Barron s, the company has just a few weeks left to devise a plan to embed the sensor into the display. Otherwise, it may have to scrap the plan altogether. Also Read - iPhone 14 in 2022 to get 48MP rear camera, Apple to cancel Mini variant
The note further says that the experience rendered on the display is not as good as the Apple customers have become accustomed to. A lagging feature in the name of the change could rather be counterproductive for Apple. The company is also rumored to be exploring facial recognition as the only biometric authentication feature. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 may not support high-speed internet connectivity: Report
But the challenge is that the move could draw a backlash from customers who will miss out on one basic feature. Apple perhaps understands the fact that people will not like the idea they have to unlock the phone by staring at it or getting closer to face, and that s the only biometric option. Even Samsung has the fingerprint scanner along with iris scanner on its Galaxy S8 flagship smartphones. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 price to start at Rs 56,400 approximately: Analyst
We believe it would typically take 12 weeks from placement of fingerprint IC orders to full volume production of iPhones. Consequently, if Apple is able to solve its fingerprint problems and place orders for fingerprint ICs before August, it would likely be able to reach volume production in late October or early November. We believe this remains Apple s preferred path, and expect it would be acceptable to both consumers and investors. It is entirely unclear if Apple will be able to fix the problem in this time frame, read the note.
Abandon the fingerprint sensor entirely and rely solely on facial recognition for login and authentication. This option appears increasingly likely as time passes, but is far from ideal. We believe Apple s facial recognition solution should work from many angles and in low-light environments, it further said.
However, it would not work without clear line of sight to the user s face. Even if this encompassed just 5% of login scenarios, it would mean that several times a day the new iPhone would perform worse at an elemental feature than older iPhones, which would risk pushback from consumers. Further, we do not believe facial recognition would be initially qualified as an acceptable verification method for Apple Pay. While Apple could achieve this over time, the likelihood for an initial lack of Apple Pay could adversely affect demand, the note added.