Analyst: Low yields on embedded Touch ID tech is Apple's biggest problem with the iPhone 8
by Alan Friedman / Apr 12, 2017, 10:42 AM
Today brings another rumor about the 2017 premium iPhone model, direct from Wall Street. Timothy Arcuri of Cowen & Co.shot out a note to clients today which was filled with some troubling news. Because Apple plans on eliminating buttons on the iPhone 8, allowing the screen to cover nearly the entire front of the handset, the company planned on embedding the Touch ID fingerprint scanner under the screen. While checking out the latest on the iPhone 8 supply chain, Arcuri discovered that the yield rate for Apple's own AuthenTec technology is very low. The analyst added in his note that Apple does not want to switch to an outside vendor.
The analyst says that there are three solutions that Apple could choose from. It could decide to skip Touch ID totally and use only facial recognition to replace it. This choice, Arcuri notes, is unlikely. Apple could move Touch ID to the back, but feels that this would not be "user friendly." Lastly, Apple could unveil the iPhone 8 along with the new Apple iPhone 7s and Apple iPhone 7s Plus, but delay the release of the premium model until it straightens out the problem with the low yields.
Interestingly, there already have been rumors about a delay for the iPhone 8, so we can add this one to the pile. The previous speculation also came from a Wall Street analyst who said that despite the delay, the premium iPhone model would be available during the all-important holiday shopping season.
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I though they weren't even going to do that, well I'm glad they are because I need Touch ID but I'm not glad they are having problems with it.
posted on Apr 12, 2017, 10:45 AM 0
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I need Touch ID too. Not a fan of this facial recognition trend. I might be wrong but I think that the rumor was that Samsung moved the fingerprint sensor to the back of the S8 because they couldn't do the sensor beneath the screen either. Maybe Apple can use the additional 6 months they have to bring iPhone 8 to market to fix the issue.
posted on Apr 12, 2017, 12:42 PM 2
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Well-Manicured-Man, if the rumors about the iPhone 8 are to be believed, the facial recognition that they'll roll out is going to be a lot more secure than Samsung's. I agree though, losing Touch ID in favor of smaller bezels is a disappointing idea. The s8 and s8+ were going to have under screen fingerprint scanners as well, but Samsung wasn't able to get reliable results out of it. I bet it'll be similar w/ the iPhone 8.
posted on Apr 12, 2017, 4:05 PM 0
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Delay if you have to. My money will stay ready!!
posted on Apr 12, 2017, 11:01 AM 1
So, it's basically an iphone 7 with TouchID in the screen instead of a button. That's fine by me. I hope what other manufacturers do is fine by you as you get ready to attack anyone who buys anything else with your idiotic "it's basically a..." comments. Your money for Apple stays as ready as your hypocrisy.
posted on Apr 12, 2017, 12:33 PM 2
I rather delay it, but work properly. I can hold on to my 6s for another year if There's no touchb ID or any other feature I need on the next iPhone. Latest update made my 6s smoother and quicker than it was when I bought it. I'd literally be buying a new device only for the new screen to body ratio trend that's been going on - been waiting for that.
posted on Apr 12, 2017, 11:04 AM 2
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"Flagship" guys do this every time. Come up with a goofy "jet black" or dual camera, or fancy touch sensor, THEN they say due to limited supply, the quantity available at launch will be restricted. Marketing 101...drives the fanboys nuts
posted on Apr 12, 2017, 1:22 PM 1
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My bet is on this being a PR stunt to drive demand over the roof like iPhone releases of old, but if it isn't, good luck Apple. Without the 3D camera and the embedded touch ID though... it'll just be like a Galaxy S8 running iOS (aka nothing new). A disaster for the 10th anniversary iPhone IMHO.
posted on Apr 12, 2017, 9:44 PM 1
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