Touch ID issues may delay OLED iPhone 8 says analyst

Touch ID issues may delay OLED iPhone 8 says analyst
We're in full swing for Apple iPhone 8 rumors and a lot of the chatter has been regarding the "premium/pro" version of the next iPhone. That's the model expected to have a bezelless OLED display and because of that design, Apple has to do something different with the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. But, that has been proving difficult.

The prevailing theory is that Apple wants to embed the Touch ID sensor under the display and essentially hiding it. However production issues for such an advanced component have been popping up according to sources in the supply chain. Because of these issues, some have speculated that Apple might do something drastic like put the Touch ID sensor on the back of the phone, which some apparently hate, but we find no faults with. 

But, according to Andy Hargreaves, analyst for Pacific Crest Securities, it could be an all-or-nothing choice by Apple. In a research note shared with MacRumors, Hargreaves thinks the "likely options for Apple include a delay of production or elimination of fingerprint sensing on the OLED iPhone." That's right, he actually thinks Apple might release an iPhone without a Touch ID sensor at all. We think that's basically madness. There's no way Apple would do that given its push on security and privacy, and how deeply integrated the sensor is with Apple services at this point. No "pro" iPhone is going to be released without Touch ID. 

So, we'd say Hargreaves real prediction is that if Apple can't figure out the production issues in the next month, it will likely end up delaying the premium iPhone. That also seems troublesome, given the whole point of it is to hit the 10 year anniversary, but we'll have to see. 

source: MacRumors

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20 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Who is this guy? What has he (or his organization for that matter) ever gotten right enough to warrant an article?

2. aegislash

Posts: 1535; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Some 30-something dude named Mike still living in mom's basement whacking his meat to hentai, posts a tweet: iPhone 8 will be round instead of rectangular Phonearena: Analyst Predicts OLED iPhone 8 Could Be A Round Smartphone

3. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lmao...

5. aegislash

Posts: 1535; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Jokes aside, it must be so f*cking awesome being an analyst, getting paid for simply saying "such and such will delay the release of *insert phone/tablet/whatever here*".

8. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I said the exact same thing a few weeks back. I wish I hadn't spent so much money on a college degree when I could've just made sh*t up for a living. Then there's the conundrum of how something that has no release date can still be delayed. What arbitrates a delay for something that's in concept?

6. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Yeah until next year.... Duh

15. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'd rather it be delayed than for Apple to stick an FP scanner on the back like someone else did.........

16. AlikMalix unregistered

It would really suck if Apple put Touch ID on the back. Imaging the need to pickup the device EVERYTIME you need it for the littlest thing - face recognition will be the only way to go - but even Samsung admitted it's not a secure feature - so there goes that.

18. iushnt

Posts: 3160; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

There is also IRIS scanner in S8 as one secure option.

4. willard12 unregistered

" given the whole point of it is to hit the 10 year anniversary" An "anniversary" is a specific date in a year and the OG iPhone was released on January 9th. So, it has already missed the 10 year anniversary. I understand that there are hopes that the 10th edition of the iPhone will be special. But, throwing in non-applicable words when Apple isn't even using the word "anniversary" makes no sense. When it comes to anniversaries, we could only wish that wives graded on the same curve as tech writers in search of hyperbole.

7. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Lol they did nothing for the 5th or 8th anniversary, why would Apple suddenly give their sheep something for the 10th? iPhone 7s is this year. iPhone 8 is next year. Not sure where these rumours are coming from.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Lol they did nothing for the 5th or 8th anniversary" Why 8th?

10. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

He may be Chinese. I have heard 8 is lucky number in Chinese. So 8th anniversary will be like special 10th anniversary. Just guessing.

11. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Ah... thanks.

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they did something for 20th Mac anniversary.. and it's a flop... and they didn't release anything special for 30th Mac anniversary and apple rumored feature will get putdown one by one until it's release date.. distant wireless charging -> nope, they'll use standart wireless charging inscreen FPscanner -> nope OLED screen -> only for the expensive one 3D face scanner to unlock -> nope

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I'm certainly glad to see (assuming the leaked iPhone 8 schematics are authentic) that Apple is sticking with 16:9 aspect ratio and doesn't seem to be copying Samsung or LG. When I heard rumors that the iPhone 8 will be taller, I was a little concerned and a little 'confused' about it... For two reasons: 1. Remember when Apple went from 3:4 aspect of iPhone 4S to the standard 16:9 with the iPhone 5...? Lots of older apps were facing compatibility issues because they were not optimized for The newer 16:9 ratio. Unlike Android, Apple can't mess with its aspect ratio like that because apps runs natively on iOS. Hence I was amazed while at the same time a tad curious...! 2. I personally think that this new 18:9 or 18.5:9 aspect ratio is nothing but a fad that will fade away. My Lumia 430, with it's 4" screen has a weird aspect ratio of 15:9 (Actually 5:3, but MS cals it a 15:9, for whatever reasons) and it has a really nice feeling. The display is short, albeit wide (800x480 screen resolution) and it makes a REALLY nice compact phone for day to day usage. It is basically in the shape of a pocket hence slips in really nice. And the wide screen makes it easier to type and to view web material. 4" is small... But not necessarily...! 16:9 iPhone 5 just somehow feels TINY in front of my Lumia with the same screen size...! So, the taller screen on The S8 doesn't "feel" or "seem" bigger than a 5.5" Phone with the very traditional 16:9 aspect ratio... And I wish Samsung just drop it for good... Oh well, G'Day!

14. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Wide screens gives a weird assumption that it's bigger, its human psychology. Hence the televisions and computer monitors are getting wider and wider...! Not only that, but wide screens are also better for media for consumption and web viewing. Acording to Blackberry (when they launched the Passport) a line must contain 16 words for perfect reading pleasure...! Oh well, G'Day!

17. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

They could put it on back but just center the thing. Hoping they figure something out.

19. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Apple had 6 months more time than Samsung to fix the scanner under glass issue, seems that was not enough time. But Apple will then push it's 3D face scanning like Samsung is pushing iris and face scanning now.

20. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The iPhone 8 better not have any major issues. It should be special, no?

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