Apple may still be undecided on the iPhone 8's fingerprint sensor, less than 3 months from announcement


It might sound discouraging, but here it goes – according to analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, Apple still hasn't decided what fingerprint technology will utlimately end up in the new and coming iPhone. Mind you, we're less than three months away from this year's September keynote. If the rumor is true, this means the handset is anything but finalized. Thus, its retail launch could face a significant delay of as many as two months following the announcement.

Confident in his information, Arcuri has taken the new iPhone out of Cowen's 46 million sales forecast for the third quarter of 2017. This could mean Apple is going to make it rain in the fourth and last quarter at the earliest, once the iPhone Anniversary Edition (a.k.a. iPhone 8, next iPhone) is in stores. Up to 90 million sales are projected, in line with many previous reports.

The technical information shared by the analyst is no less intriguing. Apple is said to be testing three approaches for integrating a fingerprint scanner inside the upcoming handset. These are: 1) thinning the cover glass over the sensor area; 2) boring a "pinhole" through the glass for an optical or ultrasonic sensor; 3) a "film" sensor integrated into the display with either capacitive or infrared technology.

Acuri is also certain that Apple won't be placing the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone's back, as some previous rumors and leaked designs suggested. Some of you are probably meeting this with a sigh of relief, as not everyone finds this placement convenient or even comfortable.

So, what do you think about the situation? Tell us what you think about Apple's dilema in the comments below. Also, feel free to read more about the next iPhone in the links below.


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75 Comments

63. alanaldo

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

I honestly feel this is bullsh1t.. the iPhone 8 will look identical to the lg g6 and there will a home button... so don't get your hopes up! this happens year after year,,,iPhone 8s next year will incorporate the finger print scanner to the screen in order to sell more units

56. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Apple decided on the fingerprint sensor a LONG time ago. Obviously.

54. epdm2be

Posts: 836; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

And so the speculation over this trivial thing goes on... What a sad little world.

45. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

It's so funny here on iphonearena. Samsung can't solve a problem with the inscreen fps, while Apple can't figure out which solution they should use...........OMFG maybe....just maybe, Apple is also having trouble getting it right? Ever thought of that IPHONEarena?

50. Bankz

Posts: 2555; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Samsung has no solution whatsoever while, apple technically has 3 solutions to choose from. Dude, read before posting.

62. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Just having the idea doesn't mean they work or can be produced in quantity. Samsung has ideas, just like Apple.

70. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Idea of making explodable phones.

74. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Idea of making the best ranked phones on the planet. Idea accomplished.

32. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Again with the spelling. Please proof read before posting. Takes only a few seconds.

27. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Rear is so much better btw once you get used to it. You can totally one hand a rear mounted one. With the front facing one I usually unlock with one hand and then switch to use the phone with the other. On the rear one I can just pick it up and use it with one hand straight away.

25. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Iphone 7s and 7s plus. Iphone 8 next year as always planned. Not sure why Apple even entertained throwing away all that sheep money. If it was just the 7s and 7s plus. Would it really sell that much less than an Iphone Anniversary edition? No it wouldn't. Sheep are sheep so might as well max out 7s sales and release the 8 next year. I am starting to think this is just Apple's way of curbing some sales of other bezeless devices and their was never going to be an iphone 8 this year.

18. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

A part of iPhone 8 marketing strategies.

21. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Or the feature that people like you kept saying Apple was going to be the first to have isn't ready for the public yet... That would be some stupid marketing for them say their going to give their audience something then have to retract just for hype

15. cncrim

Posts: 1591; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Whoever created this roomer is so stupid and more funny is who actually believe it. Making any phone require 10 to 18 months plan in advance and all the components is precision take time to make..... even cookies require time to make, leave alone something require precision to size of a hair.

13. Derekjeter

Posts: 1581; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

If you believe half the articles PA post your and idiot. Who would believe that Apple doesn't already have this figured out??? It's three months away from being announced/realsed, their already making millions of these and getting them ready for September. Just stop with all this, every year it's the same thing, "Apple won't have enough iPhones during launch week" "Apple worried about shortage of screens or batteries or home buttons" PA, just STFU!!

28. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Just because u believe jts not true,doesnt mean it isnt.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

https://youtu.be/frbB28ofS_c Very interesting vid.

23. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I was going to post a counter video, but the S8 started lagging again.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not even remotely funny. In fact, it didn't even make sense.

61. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He's still in incredible pain knowing the S8 is the highest rated phone available. He can't even think straight, let alone come up with what, for him, passes as witty banter.

69. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

It wasn't a joke, so it wasn't supposed to be funny. You're not very bright.

73. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There's the pain. Love it.

9. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

It'll be under the screen, not placed on the back, much to the chagrin of the typical PA Apple hater.

19. AxelFoley unregistered

I don't think there are a lot of Apple haters. I do think there are a lot of people who hate Apple worshippers, especially the ones who have such faith in Apple that they think they can speak for them and make promises on their behalf. They're the ones who are always writing checks that Apple can't cash. Or, they are bashing things like wireless charging or water resistance until Apple adopts them. When Apple is (almost) first, they say Apple leads, everyone else copies. When Apple is last, Apple is letting the tech "mature and taking their time to get it right". Until Apple gets it, they didn't need it anyway and it didn't matter til Apple "made it popular". Not many people hate Apple, they just hate you.

22. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

There are also a few people here that hate Samsung worshippers and will not hesitate to call them on their bullsh!t false gospel that Samsung is the king of invention and innovation. I am one such disciple, I respect no one and don't care whose feelings I hurt in the quest to try to enlighten you stupid heathens.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You sound like you need some cuddy dude...badly. Logoff, and handle that.

38. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Cuddy? What the hell is that?

40. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You really think you hurt anyone's feeling LMFAO keep dreaming

43. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Go away sissy and stop trolling Apple articles.

44. AxelFoley unregistered

If you are calling people out on their bullsh!t by typing on a phone with a large screen, I hope you can take some time to reflect on the irony. After that, you might actually be enlightened.

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