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