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.
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