We heard before that iPhone 8 could get delayed due to various technical issues stemming from a new augmented-reality 3D camera system, the lamination process of curved organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels and a new thin-film 3D Touch system.

Analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, however, contends that iPhone 8’s rumored in-screen Touch ID sensor remains its biggest bottleneck.

Arcuri’s note issued to investors Wednesday mentions poor yields for iPhone 8’s Touch ID, suggesting Apple might even change the design of the handset if its in-screen fingerprint reader cannot be produced in volume in time for a fall launch.

“For the 5.8-inch OLED version, the biggest bottleneck remains integrating an under-glass fingerprint sensor into the display. The current yield rate of Apple’s in-house AuthenTec solution remains low and Apple seems unwilling to use other vendors’ products,” reads the research note.

Apple is highly unlikely to tweak iPhone 8’s design this late in the game.

It’s been well accepted that Apple’s engineers want to create a nearly full-screen iPhone, which would require putting a fingerprint reader, along with other sensors and components, behind the display in order to create a seamless bezel-less front.

I also don’t think they’re likely to ditch Touch ID and rely solely on facial recognition, as Arcuri suggested. What if Apple instead moved Touch ID to the backside of the phone, like Samsung did for the Galaxy S8 series?

I don’t think such a solution would fly with iPhone fans either.

Instead, Apple will likely pre-announce iPhone 8 alongside the iterative iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus updates this fall while delaying production of the OLED handset.

iPhone 8 concept via Martin Hajek for German magazine Computer Bild

Source: AppleInsider

  • Abhijeet Gupta

    Please no sensor on the back.

  • Diego Milano

    Nothing wrong with delaying a product for as long as quality and “innovation” is delivered to get up to speed with what’s out there in the market.

    • blackplastic

      Because there are other phones out there with a full screen front that have managed to retain finger print unlocking integrated to the software button?

      Let’s be clear – if (and it’s a big if) Apple actually achieve that then it’s seriously impressive.

      • Diego Milano

        Nope, it’s way more than this that they need to catch up with.

  • Abhijeet Gupta

    Do yourselves a favor Apple and just take your time and get it right.

  • So the rumor mill boldly announces that we will see an iPhone 7S, 7S+, 8 and 8+ this year and fills the internet with bold statements about the expected features but just like clockwork about 5-6 months before launch here comes all the “problems” Apple is having leaking out. The absolute best way for these so called analysts and rumor sources to save their hides when everything they predicted turns out to be false. Because now it’s Apple’s fault and not theirs if we don’t see it…