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

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

We are still awaiting Apple’s final decision before shipping parts

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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posted on 10 Aug 2017, 05:29

1. mikehunta727 (Posts: 1152; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


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

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 06:08 1

4. Phonehex (Posts: 334; Member since: 16 Feb 2016)


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

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 06:44 2

10. jmill75 (Posts: 75; Member since: 22 Jul 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.

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 08:06 1

14. bucknassty (Posts: 153; Member since: 24 Mar 2017)


Excuses are mounting up!

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 05:31 4

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 24899; Member since: 05 Feb 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?

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 05:35 10

3. NoAllegiance (Posts: 401; Member since: 21 Mar 2016)


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

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 07:48 1

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 24899; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You don't say.

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 08:40

15. sissy246 (Posts: 4021; Member since: 04 Mar 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.

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 06:12

5. hansip87 (Posts: 112; Member since: 10 Nov 2015)


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

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 06:15 1

6. SIGPRO (Posts: 1882; Member since: 03 Oct 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!

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 06:23 1

7. Hallyu (Posts: 677; Member since: 21 Jul 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.

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 06:28

8. mudcat626 (Posts: 156; Member since: 13 Jul 2016)


A Korean supplier, lol

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 06:43

9. Soundjudgment (Posts: 124; Member since: 10 Oct 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.

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 07:00

11. piyath (Posts: 1033; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


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

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 07:09

12. Cat97 (Posts: 325; Member since: 02 Mar 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.

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 08:50

16. jeroome86 (Posts: 2100; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


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

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 22:16

17. Chuck007 (Posts: 1306; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


..then when it suddenly comes with Touch ID AND Pearl ID everyone will go nuts.

Kinda wish that is the case.

posted on 11 Aug 2017, 02:36

18. TerryD (Posts: 118; Member since: 09 May 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?

posted on 11 Aug 2017, 10:04

19. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 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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