The iPhone 8 is currently among the most widely rumored smartphones, and it is expected to be radically different from Apple devices of the past. But it increasingly seems like Apple s ambitious plans are hitting a bottleneck during production. An analyst now claims that Apple s suppliers are facing issues with the production of fingerprint sensors embedded into the display. Also Read - iPhone 13 launch date and more details tipped as part of new leaksAlso Read - iPhone 12 Mini reaches end of production already, say rumours
Among the new features expected to be introduced in the iPhone 8 is a radically different Touch ID sensor. Instead of being a clickable physical button, it has been widely rumored that Apple wants a near bezel-less display. What this means is that the fingerprint sensor will be placed underneath the display. While it sounds exciting, Cowen and Company s Timothy Arcuri claims that yields of this display-integrated fingerprint sensor are low, AppleInsider reports. Arcuri further claims that if yields do not improve in the coming weeks, then Apple may look at changing the design into something less exciting. Also Read - Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza sale top deals: iPhone SE, Poco X3 Pro and more on discount
Arcuri presents three possible scenarios, in case the yield issue isn t solved. Apple may ditch the Touch ID sensor completely, and solely rely on the iris scanner for facial recognition. But Arcuri admits that this scenario is quite unlikely as facial recognition is still a novel idea and not developed enough to be used on its own. The other possibility includes moving the fingerprint sensor to the back, similar to what is seen on the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphones. But this option is far from ideal. The last option, which we admit seems like the most likely, involves Apple delaying production of the iPhone 8, but still stick to its plans of unveiling the iPhone 8 along with the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.
The Touch ID sensor isn t the only bottleneck Apple is facing, if rumors are to be believed. Just yesterday, it was reported that the rumored 3D sensing for iPhone 8 s front-facing cameras are not likely to be ready in time, and it could instead be introduced with next year s iPhone 8s.
Apple clearly has big plans for this year, when it celebrates 10 years since the first iPhone was launched by Steve Jobs. We could see as many as three new iPhones — the iterative iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, as well as the anniversary edition iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 is widely expected to feature a new design with a curved glass body and a bezel-less display up front. New features expected are wireless charging, iris scanner for facial recognition, better water resistant capabilities, and upgrades to the display, camera and internals. All this, not surprisingly, will come at a cost, and the starting price of the iPhone 8 is expected to be above $1,000 (Rs 64,000 approximately). ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 leaked schematics hint at vertical dual-camera setup at the back