The iPhone 8’s rear design 'not finalized', tip suppliers, release may slip to November


It seems that Apple is again running into issues with the rumored in-display finger scanner for the iPhone 8, which may explain why we are seeing cases and dummies both with and without a rear Touch ID sensor. Reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said recently that its announcement is likely to be concurrent with the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus in September, and Apple's generous Q3 forecast also folds in a September release, but when it comes to the eventual finger scanner placement, holdouts remain.

An insider from a key Korean supplier said today that:"the iPhone’s rear design has not yet been finalized. We are still awaiting Apple’s final decision before shipping parts," The issue is that, since the in-display tech is difficult to implement in scale (Samsung learned that all too well with the S8, forcing it to place the scanner on the back), Apple has to quickly decide whether to implement a more orthodox Touch ID scanner at the rear of the phone as a back up to the Face ID tech, or go just with the face-scanning altogether.

Apple is apparently biding its time, trying to take the best decision for the iPhone 8, but that reflects on suppliers as well. "Apple’s top brass recently approved the September launch of two LCD models, but the OLED iPhone launch is likely to be delayed to November,” tipped the source. Because of Apple's musings, Samsung has so far deivered only a limited number of the contracted OLED panels for the iPhone 8. "The fact that Samsung’s manufacturing lines are not running at full capacity at the moment hints at the delay of the OLED iPhone launch," chimed in another industry source. 

Oh, well, we hope that Apple clears it up, but if the in-display finger scanning is too immature to be employed en masse, and Face ID has yet to prove itself, something tells us that Apple may decide to place a more orthodox rear Touch ID on the iPhone 8, after all, as some leaked cases and dummies are suggesting. The team from Cupertino obviously has plenty of prototypes and backup plans in place, so, come September, we are fairly certain we will see three iPhones announced, whether or not one will launch a bit later than the others.

source: Korea Herald

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19 Comments

1. mikehunta727 unregistered

Gonna be released in September, gonna be pushed back, gonna be delayed, its a 7S model, won't ship till November, just launch already lol Not a fan of this reguritated rumor mill lol

4. Phonehex

Posts: 764; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Touch iD in Apple logo would be cool and placement wouldn't be an issue as well.

10. jmill75

Posts: 122; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

You can blame this on sites like Phone Arena who report on every little freaking thing to get page clicks. None of this is real news but if they can lure you in then you best bet they will. Basically its the fake news of the tech world.

14. bucknassty

Posts: 1345; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Excuses are mounting up!

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31063; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This phone has way too many questions surrounding it. What's it gonna do Apple? When's it gonna drop Apple? Will it have a screen Apple?

3. NoAllegiance unregistered

It is called "hype". iPhoneArena is just doing their job.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31063; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You don't say.

15. sissy246

Posts: 7117; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

That's just it. I really am thinking that there really is not a iPhone 8 and it's all been rumors. They keep making excuse after excuse and keep pushing it back farther and farther. All this iPhone 8 stuff has just been tech site fake news.

5. hansip87

Posts: 227; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

still deciding whether the FPS location should be i see..

6. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

I wonder how much Apple pays PA to create the FAKE Apple hype? This why i people should not buy these crappy, overrated, too pricey phones! Even if the phone way cheaper i would never buy it.....iphones can't do sh!t!

7. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Just another iPhoneArena scammed article. Apple is so scared that it won't release the new iphone in time to face the all new Note8 which people definitely know it gonna trash that iJoke product.

8. mudcat626

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

A Korean supplier, lol

9. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Or, put the FP Scanner sensor into the large Power Button on the right-side, just as Sony has done. Leave the screen-scanner for the next model.

11. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

In the end Apple will somehow manage to impress all and come up with the in-screen-Touch ID system...!

12. Cat97

Posts: 1893; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Before placing the Touch ID on the back, there is the solution if placing it in the power button, which is vastly superior and Apple holds the patent for it (that's why Sony doesn't sell this solution in the US and Samsung didn't even think about it). Fingerprint sensor on the back is just stupid and a solution for mediocre companies.

16. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Look PA. You don't need to be first with wrong info. Get the facts then report that.

17. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

..then when it suddenly comes with Touch ID AND Pearl ID everyone will go nuts. Kinda wish that is the case.

18. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

'Rear design'? There is nothing to design. Its a flat back with a camera and flash, thats it. How much 'design' do you fricking need?

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

1st its late, then its on-time. Then late again and then on-time. Its hyped BS. If there is no hype, there will be less buying! When you have to resort to tactics to get sales, that means what you are selling isn't worth your claims.

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