Apple's 'iPhone 8′ Fingerprint Issues Still Indicate Delays, Says Cowen


A new report says Apple is still undecided with how to proceed with the fingerprint sensor for the iPhone 8 leading many to believe its launch will be pushed back further.

The report highlights that Apple will not ship the iPhone 8 with the rear fingerprint sensor, something that has been much feared. That leaves them with the longstanding problem of how to integrate the scanner into the iPhone's edge-to-edge and bezel-less OLED display. Earlier as well, it was reported that Apple was facing issues in ramping up yield rates of the new sensor.

Owing to the delays, Apple might unveil the iPhone 8 in September or October, as per the present expected timeline, though the device might not actually be available till much later in the year.

Apple is tight-lipped on its upcoming flagship iPhone 8 and it is not unexpected as the company has the history of maintaining utmost secrecy till its products are launched.

The OLED screen with embedded Touch ID is "still being worked out", Cowen and Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri said in a memo obtained by Apple Insider.

"1) thinning the cover glass for the fingerprint area (cover glass cutout), 2) creating a pin hole through the glass for optical or ultrasonic fingerprint sensing, and 3) replacing the AuthenTec Touch ID with a "film" fingerprint sensor that is integrated with the display". Apple acquired LuxVue in April 2016. Arcuri is also voicing doubts about whether the expected iPhone 7s and 7s Plus will even materialize, but still notes that the devices could still boost Apple's sales in September by offering options like wireless charging.