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Apple Reportedly Struggling to Embed Touch ID Into iPhone 8 Display

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One of the most prevalent rumors regarding the highly-anticipated iPhone 8 is that the Touch ID technology would be seamlessly embedded into the display. However, according to new report from AppleInsider, making this rumour a reality is proving to be quite the headache for Apple, based on research from an analyst.

According to a research note from analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, yields of a new fingerprint sensor that would be integrated into the Apple’s next flagship screen are low and that Apple may consider other less-exciting designs if the production problems cannot be solved.

“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,” Arcuri wrote.

If Apple can’t fix the problem, Arcuri gave three potential solutions to fix the Touch ID issues.

The first would be to ditch Touch ID completely and rely on facial recognition. The second option would be to move the Touch ID to the back of the iPhone, although, clearly, that wouldn’t be as user friendly. The third workaround would be delaying the production of the iPhone 8, finding a suitable solution, but still announcing the device this fall alongside the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus.

“The analyst also referred to recent rumours that the 3D sensors expected to be included in the next-generation iPhone could cause delays, but Arcuri said he does not believe that to be the case,” reads the report.

Take this one with a grain of salt–there’s still lots of time until the fall for Apple to figure this out, if it’s actually an issue.

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  • Flash

    Getting rid of Touch ID would be a horrible move. I turn on my phone many times without having it in front of me. Facial recognition ah like not be the only way for secure unlock.

  • Joe

    I’m just gonna come out and say it: facial recognition is stupid. Touch ID is part of the Apple ecosystem, to the point where its made its way into other devices (like the iPad).

    I cannot imagine Apple replacing touch ID unless all other options are totally exhausted.

  • hlna55

    And I’m just gonna come out and say this. The current iPhone design is going to be 3 generations old with little to no innovation in near as makes no difference in over 2 years. Another gen of the current design is a slap in the face for the price they charge and their consumers. I ditched my 2012 Mac Pro laptop for a surface pro 4 and this the same reason my next phone will no longer be an apple product. Go compare the iPhone 7 to the one plus 3T for the price.

  • Riddlemethis

    I believe this to be completely bogus or old information. Apple already had several different working iPhone 8 prototypes built long long ago. Apple’s engineers are currently working on the iPhone “11” (3 or more generations in advance).

    Assembly line modifications and assembly doesn’t happen at a blink of a eye.

    BTW. What’s up with the above normal obtrusive advertising like the video above?

  • Mamba

    “Come out and say it”, as if it’s not been said many times already…? Of course Apple will not be replacing Touch ID so soon, especially not with face recognition.

    Don’t take rumors too seriously 🙂

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