The iPhone 8 could start shipping in October/November, but supply may be limited for months; ‘Face ID’ to replace Touch ID?

The iPhone 8 could start shipping in October/November, but supply may be limited for months; ‘Face ID’ to replace Touch ID?
The upcoming anniversary iPhone that Apple is expected to unveil this autumn, dubbed the iPhone 8, along with the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, are arguably the most rumoured and anticipated handsets this year. However, related tips and leaks have often been contradictory and quickly rebutted by consecutive speculations, but that’s the case with pretty much any hotshot flagship lineup.

Yesterday we reported that Apple’s 2017 set of iPhones is already on the production belts and that the iPhone 8 will not arrive later than the ‘S’ variants, unlike what previous rumours had suggested. The leak also said that Cupertino ‘maybe’ managed to embed the Touch ID sensor under the screen of the anniversary device, which is one of the most anticipated features on the allegedly $1000-worth handset.

Today we have received yet another line of tips about what Cupertino might be cooking, apparently coming straight from Apple’s Asian supply chain.

Firstly, the report suggests that the iPhone 8 will indeed be delayed past the release of the 7s and 7s Plus phones, and is likely to hit shelves at some point in October or November. According to the leak, the iPhone 8 will be showed off at Apple’s grand unveil event, probably in September, but will not start shipping until later on.

Furthermore, it is expected that the supply of iPhone 8 phones will be limited, at least in the first months after release.

The report also suggests that the Touch ID scanner will not be embedded in the screen, as Apple preps to launch ‘Face ID’, instead. Leaked images of manufacturing blanks of the handset suggest that there will be a total of three iris sensors next to the earpiece at the top front of the phone – two to the left of the earpiece and one to the right - accompanied by a 3D-sensing camera. The source suggests that Cupertino will surprise us with what seems to be a new concept for identification, in the face of a mold between facial recognition and iris reading in a single, integrated feature. 


In this regard, unlocking the iPhone 8 is likely to utilize tech similar to the “raise to wake” feature that debuted in iOS 10, the report suggests.

In terms of color options for the anniversary iPhone, the leaked pictures reveal black and white variants, but the report alleges that we may not see a white iPhone 8 at all, possibly due to a short supply of necessary painting materials, but can’t be certain.

It’s difficult to make legitimate assumptions about the iPhone 8, given how many rumours and speculations fly in as many directions on a daily basis. But that only means that we have a lot to expect and hope for – from dedicated AR features, to a dual-cam setup, to a super-fast A11 chip – we are spoilt for possibilities. We guess our best bet is to stay on top of the rumour mill and indulge in daydreaming about what shapes to be an as great a smartphone unveil as the first Apple phone back in 2007. But will it change everything again, though?

source: Macotakara (translated) via AppleInsider

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31 Comments

1. applesnapple93

Posts: 315; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

Not starting and android ios fight but simply pointing this out before the BS marketing. But facial recognition that was in Android 4 is apples new key to success to no touch ID? lol aight

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

According to Bankz and his 150% guaranteed predictions, it will be a 3D sensing revolutionary camera that will likely change his life forever. Just like the 150% guaranteed finger print scanner under the screen that will also change his life forever.

18. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO...

31. TerryD

Posts: 553; Member since: May 09, 2017

Maths not your best subject?

2. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Sad day for iSheep :))

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Nah! They are all gonna be saying they never need touch ID anyways and that it was a useless gimmick and Apple only did it for marketing love They will claim Apple knows whats best and they wouldn't have removed it if they had a better option to keep it. According to facts though, all these companies that make Fingerprint readers, can make them fit nearly any size button. So why can't they embed it into the Apple logo? Why can't they embed it in the power button? Why not just create or add an extra button on the side that contains the FPS? While the fanboys are claiming facial recognition is less secure on everyone else's device, what are they gonna say when we hold a photo up to the iPhone and it unlocks? Oh they already have their madlibs ready so they can copy/paste and fill in the blank. Where are you BANKZ?! Still think the iPhone will have a FPS now? lol

3. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Please don't. I would rather have TouchID than facial recognition.

4. mikehunta727 unregistered

If they are able to really nail this down, with pretty stellar accuracy and speed in a multitude of conditions(dark, rain, etc), then I think Apple will change many people's minds here and make people forget about the button... a big IF though. I would not mind at all using this every time I unlock my phone if it is very well executed and has a level of security above current common marketplace iris scanners (like the S8, some few other devices I believe?)

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So you mean, if they come up with a facial option like what is on the Surface Pro?

20. mikehunta727 unregistered

It would actually be a bit different vs the Surface Pro method. Judging by your post #10 also, it is clear you don't seem up to date at all on the rumors swirling around this supposed iris scanner. It is suppose to be a lot better than the one on the S8

5. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

It's juste galaxy s6 with IOS, and higher prices to be satisfied the sheeple !

6. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Ah yes, the first premium phone from Samsung to actually matter. Carry on!

7. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

...and much better performance, and more than 2 years of software support.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yet after 5 years of updates, that iPhone will still do less than a 5 year old Galaxy S. Apple updates are just for fixes for stuff Apple breaks. Most of those updates rarely bring any features. Compare iOS 7,8,9 and 10 vs Android 4,5,6,7. Look at the list of features and benefits both got. You ifans are so hooked on versions numbers. They don't mean anythign other than how the OEM tracks its updates. It doesn't atter if you get 50 updates if they dont bring anythign to the table. As far as performnce. The iPhone does less than ALL Androids even the cheap ones. And it still has terrible performnce. Its as laggy as any other phone int he exact same places, even with less features. The Galaxy S and Note as an example actually perform better becaus ethey do far more and are just as fgast or faster than the iPhoen where it matter. No one gives a crap about how fast an app opens or how fast you can switch to them. Wghen it comes to performnce, more is considered about a car for example, other than speed. The best thing about the Galaxy is, it does 100 thing out the box the iPhone can't do without a jailbreak. Even with a jailbreak 50 things still can't be done and yet the iPhone barely even last 6 hours on a single charge and takes over 3 hours to fully charge from zero. While my Galaxy with more features, more RAM, more apps, more of everything, last 2 days on a single charge with the exact same usage as my iPhone gets and when it does die, it charges back full in just 88 mins. Wake up fool, you're brainwashed. Repeating what others say over and over will never make it fact. For any bad fact you can show a video about the Galaxy, I can find the same about every iPhone model...including phones that break, bend, catch fire, explode, lag, random reboot, break on first drop and more. Stop being a stooge and educate yourself. Acting like a fan simply makes you stupid!

8. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Apple will show us what is a real Face ID. The others will follow as usual... I always remember the first Finger print of Samsung: Bulls**t as usual.

21. BuffaloSouce unregistered

And using a fingerprint scanner will always take priority over facial recognition in 99 percent of buyers. Samsung is making use of that little plot of land they took over in that pathetic excuse you call your mind

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

We can't make under the display FPS work. What should we do? GET RID OF IT. THEY DONT NEED IT NOR WILL THEY CARE. But they blast Samsung for keeping what works, but because they don't like the location they whine like panzies. $1100 for.....?! The facial recognition on the S8, simply doesn't work. When I first got the S8, it worked pretty good for the first week I used it. But I disabled it, because its just to slow. Even with changing the setting for it to be faster, which also makes it less secure; its still to slow. The FPS works instantly every single time. Even though phones/computers had FPS before the iPhone, Apple ran with it and got you all hooked. Now they taketh away!!!!! Just because the under the display option is not an option, doesn't mean you should dump it. It can fit somewhere else. Should have thought the idea through, because copying Samsung Infinity Display concept.

11. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Struggling PA. Keep trying. You can find something news worthy to report.

14. jcass5467

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

it's annoying, I like to put my finger over my scanner while it's either in my pocket, or when it's in my hand and I'm not looking at it.I don't want to have to look directly at my phone everytime I wanna unlock it

15. Slytherin

Posts: 268; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The Fingerprint sensor on my S6 Edge was s**t! You would put 4 scanned prints on the phone and it would work fine, but after 1 or 2 days it would be back to not recognizing f**k all. My mate tells me the Fingerprint sensor on his S8 is lightning fast, so i can't wait to try it out on the Note 8 even if it isn't in the ideal position. Fingerprint/Iris/Face Samsung gives you options, Apple takes it away. Don't get me wrong if this works like it says on the tin it'll be awesome, but i'm not quite ready to say goodbye to the old Fingerprint just yet. If anything Apple should give a new coat of paint to IOS! It's been the same boring looking none featured pile of crap for years!

16. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

"limited supply"...is a marketing term that Apple uses on the iSheep to get them to stand in line for days/weeks...so they can be "the first" in their goofy clutch of iSheep, to have one.

19. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

So true Apple does this every year and they fall for it. When in reality the where house is full. Just wait 5 days and you can walk in and get one.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31321; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

We'll see soon, but 8-23-17 looms.

23. Slytherin

Posts: 268; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

That date can't come quick enough bro!

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31321; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm in countdown mode yo.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31321; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

26. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Bixby is a Boss

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31321; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Awesome feature.

28. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Bixby turned out to be super awesome.

30. Slytherin

Posts: 268; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Bixby is king bro, they just need to fine-tune the speed and it should be just right!

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