While Apple iPhone 8 is generating a lot of interest, looks like all is not well at the Apple mothership. There have long been whispers of production issues in Apple iPhone 8, and yet again the biggest and the most exciting feature of the 10th anniversary special iPhone is being blamed. As per latest reports, the display embedded Touch ID sensor, which is to be the highlight of iPhone 8, is creating issues that might lead to Apple postponing the launch of the next flagship device. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing endsAlso Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal
There have been multiple reports by analysts that have hinted at the display embedded fingerprint sensor causing issues in the smartphone production. However the latest report Cowen & Co. s Timothy Arcuri, cited by Barron’s, states that Apple is still trying to look for a workaround to embed the fingerprint sensor. The delay expected by analysts is between 1-2 months, post which Apple’s OLED units will be ready for assembly. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android
The report highlights that Apple will not ship the iPhone 8 with the rear fingerprint sensor, something that has been much feared. Nor will the sensor be on the power button, as certain recent patents filed by Apple have indicated. The report highlights the three different ways in which Apple is contemplating the Touch ID sensor integration. The report also mentions that there early designs have been witnessing extremely poor response to the embedded touch sensor. ALSO READ: Flipkart Own Your Dream Phone Sale: Deals on Apple iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, Google Pixel, and more
The note mentions, “This OLED model continues to target an edge-to-edge bezel-free design with no physical home button, which AAPL currently deciding between three potential implementations: 1) thinning the cover glass for the fingerprint area (cover glass cutout), 2) creating a pin hole through the glass for optical or ultrasonic fingerprint sensing, and 3) replacing the AuthenTec Touch ID with a film fingerprint sensor that is integrated with the display (this can be done through either capacitive sensors or infrared sensors based on technology from LuxVue which was acquired by AAPL in April 2016). While the exact implementation is not finalized, we can now say that the fingerprint sensor is unlikely to be on the back of the phone.”
Owing to the delays, Apple might unveil the iPhone 8 in September or October, as per the present expected timeline, though the device might not actually be available till much later in the year. Also, the high demand Apple is anticipating for iPhone 8 is adding further pressure on the brand to resolve issues much before the launch and the announcement. The device Arcuri estimates that iPhone shipments by Apple in Q3 of this year will be 44 million and Apple will make up for the shortfall in Q4, with shipments reaching 90 million iPhones.
The report hints at everything recent leaks of the Apple iPhone 8 cases have suggested. UK e-commerce portal MobileFun recently listed cases and tempered glass display for the iPhone 8 and the devices are already up for pre-order. The cases give a clear hint of how the iPhone 8 will look — right from the vertical dual camera on the rear panel to the earpiece and camera cutout on the front. The cases also highlight that the device will come with no physical rear button, nearly confirming the presence of the display embedded Touch ID sensor.
The display issue faced by iPhone 8 is not the first. Just a couple of days back, reports of Samsung facing a tough challenge with a similar feature in the Galaxy Note 8 emerged. The display embedded sensor is causing excessive brightness around the fingerprint sensor while the rest of the areas work fine. Reports also hinted that Samsung might ditch the embedded sensor and stick to the rear fingerprint sensor if the issue continues to persist.