The iPhone 8's software and release schedule causing 'sense of panic' at Apple, tips report


As usual at this time in a new iPhone development cycle, rumors start piling up that Apple is running into production problems with the new editions. Then comes the grand September unveiling, and the issues seem magically resolved, although with new designs we sometimes witness supply bottlenecks for a month or two after release, yet the dust settles down by Thanksgiving on average.

This year, however, there will likely be an iPhone 8 announced at the scene, in addition to the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, and in it there could be so many changes and unproven technologies, that it seems even Apple is running into trouble putting it all together. The latest in such reporting comes from a "source with knowledge of the situation," and they state that Apple was in a full-blown "sense of panic" last month, stemming from the need to perfect the software that will drive the new tech in the iPhone 8.

First off, there have been problems with wireless charging. Granted, the source says that Apple isn't using anything groundbreaking - inductive wireless charging of the Qi variety - but the company wants to make the process as seamless as possible, and that is turning to be an issue. It's not the Broadcom hardware that's at fault, but the software that manages the charging, it seems. If all else fails, Apple might be shipping the iPhone 8 with limited wireless charging abilities, tips the source, and then issue a software update for whatever it has up its sleeve regarding the technology.

This can't happen with the rumored 3D face recognition tech that was supposed to replace Touch ID, however, as it is needed for authentication from the get go, and Apple has run into trouble making it work with the high degree of accuracy required. Still, the source is optimistic that this one will be perfected until launch, plus they think that Apple still has a chance of shipping the iPhone 8 with the tricky in-display finger scanner that will take the load off the 3D face recognition tech as a complementing affair.

Last but not least, there is the problem with the new bright OLED display that allows for the alleged all-screen format of the iPhone 8's front. Samsung is supplying all of those, but it needs to ramp up production in the millions with the required quality of manufacturing, and the effort is still going on, apparently. Thus, the iPhone 8 may face a perfect storm of hardware and software quirks that need to be ironed out in a very short amount of time, so when the dust from the fall announcement settles, we may still be some time off from the full production schedule of the unique OLED iPhone. Oh, well, at the rumored $1000-$1200 starting price, depending on whose source you believe, there may not be many millions lining up for the all-screen iPhone from the very start anyway.

source: FC

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21 Comments

1. Nopers unregistered

Bad news sells better than good news.

5. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Meh.. 8 weeks away and apple is still in panic? Lol. Happens like this every year until sept when apple blows everyone away. Btw, the iphone will ship with every expected feature, including the in display fps and the 3d facial recog system will blow everything out the water. September can't come soon enough.

8. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Apple hasn't blown anyone away since 2007.

10. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

I thought blew a lot of people away during 2010 with the 4, and also during the release of iPad in 2008/09 too. Probably also during the release of first gen MacBook Pro retina, because it was pretty much the highest res laptop on the market back then. Anyway, my point is, Apple blew a lot of people away even after 2007

17. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

What was so special about the iPhone 4? Nothing at all. The iPad was and still is an oversized iPhone, only the Pro models offer anything a bit superior to that. My point is, nothing after the original iPhone really had a wow factor. Maybe the MacPro, but that was overshadowed by the major drawbacks the design had, form over function, which a lot of professionals hated about it.

18. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

The iPhone 4 was a pretty solid device. I was planning on getting one but decided to wait until the 4s which disappointed pretty hard. So switched to S3 and never looked back. The iPad was okay, but the Retina MacBook had too many issues. The second gen was great though. I had the MacBook air around that time for a bit and that was pretty great too.

11. Nopers unregistered

Maybe not every feature. Portrait mode didn’t come until 10.1 so I can sort of see it being delayed _maybe_ a few weeks with people beta testing it pm as soon as the phone is available. I doubt we’d have to wait as long as S8 owners will have to wait for Bixby.

3. Papa_Ji

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

WTF is OLED iPhone OLED iPhone..... iPA.. You guys are advertising this old thing like something ground breaking. OLED is almost 7-8 year old, today even 100$ smartphones have it.

6. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Its new to the iphone line-up. Why dont u complain when u hear that samsung are adding dual cameras, or stereo speakers or are without a home button when phones had those since like 2013.

7. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Because he is stupid.

12. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You and Bankz are the stupid ones

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Stereo speakers are dumb on a smartphones that support VR, like the flagship Samsung devices. Btw many smartphones introduced stereo speakers before Apple did on their iPhone 7.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"This can't happen with the rumored 3D face recognition tech that was supposed to replace Touch ID, however, as it is needed for authentication from the get go, and Apple has run into trouble making it work with the high degree of accuracy required." About time!

9. mudcat626

Posts: 230; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Lol, with Apple clamping down on leaks, this is all they have..... outtrageous clickbait. Common sense would tell you, nobody in the supply chain and certainly not anyone at Apple involved in the new iPhone is saying anything. I find it hilarious that no one outside of Apple has a clue of what's going on. Seems like a very good investment on Apples part hiring ex intelligence and FBI agents to put a clamp on leaks.....

13. rowlin

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

There's been leaks every year, all the features of the iphones have been known before they launched, so this leak certainly could be credible, get a clue.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31308; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Get it together Apple, we're expecting something worth while this year. The software is already pretty much a letdown, at least nail the hardware. The iPad got all the goodies, and several of those are Note inspired.

15. Derekjeter

Posts: 1526; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

You guys are still on this? Seriously, every year these dumb ass wannabe reproters come up with the dumbest things. Why even bother posting this article, or any of the others in which you claim Apple is having issues 9 weeks away from lauching the best phone ever. Dumb ass!

19. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Lol at bankz. Can't wait to see his face at the event when the iPhone 7s/8/whatever is nowhere close to as good as the GS8 and pixel 2. The iPhone 4 didn't even have hspa + and had reception issues. The sheep are hilarious....

21. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

My iPhone set the bar. Never had any reception issues. But I did have a case on it.

22. applesnapple93

Posts: 313; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

what i see as title of article "anniversary edition iphone brings anniversary edition launch anxiety"

23. biagnosis

Posts: 106; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

that's one big ass apple logo at the back if this would be the actual unit

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