There is a “sense of panic in the air” for Apple engineers as they race to fix software glitches in the highly anticipated iPhone 8, reads a new report.
According to the Fast Company report, some central features in the new Apple smartphone still look like they will need more improvement at launch. Because of this, Apple might ship the hardware required to make them work, but not enable them until it can send a fix through a software update later on.
“The company has been working feverishly to fix software problems in its hotly anticipated 10th-anniversary iPhone that could ultimately cause production and delivery delays,” reads the report. “If the software problems aren’t resolved quickly, the new flagship iPhone could even launch with major features disabled.”
Even more problematic than that, though, are indications that Apple’s 3D camera sensors might not be ready for action by September. While wireless charging is a nice perk, an add-on if you will, the 3D sensors are said to be a key selling point for the iPhone 8.
“Without confirming that’s what the front-facing 3D sensor is for, my source says Apple has been struggling to get the sensor to work reliably,” reads the report. “Again, the sensor hardware is not the problem, but rather the accompanying software.”
“The source believes Apple will likely have the 3D software working in time,” it continues. “But if not, the company could include the sensor in the phone anyway, and turn it on later on with a software update.”
Some good news, however, is that the source believes that the Touch ID sensor won’t be going anywhere and will be embedded into the display itself.