Most experts in the field, including KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, believes that the Touch ID feature might not make it to the iPhone 8 release. Kuo, together with some well known analysts claim that up until this point, Apple is still having issues with the inner workings of the in-display fingerprint sensor.
Because of this, there was a great collective sigh as fans and consumers alike heard the disappointing news. However, it seems like it is still not the end as one analyst claims Apple still has a chance to sort things out.
According to Andy Hargreaves of KeyBanc Capital Markets, Apple only has until August to solve its issues with the in-display Touch ID sensor. Otherwise, everything will be too late. Hargreaves thinks that it would take 12 weeks from date of order for manufacturers to produce the said sensor. If Apple put the order from its suppliers within the next couple of weeks, Apple suppliers will be able to manufacture the Touch IS sensor in time for the iPhone 8 mass production.
In his report, Hargreaves also said the he is not putting all hopes on the 3D facial recognition to replace the Touch ID biometrics. At the moment, he feels that the 3D facial recognition technology is still juvenile and needs more improvement. Chief of which is low-light performance.
He explained that Apple will need to circumvent the issue of unlocking the iPhone 8 in darkly lit places. Although the tenth anniversary iPhone is said to include an array of infrared LED and cameras at the front, Hargreaves still feel that they may not be enough.
Whether or not Apple will include the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 8, it is still too soon to tell. However many fans are still hoping that the tech giant will use this opportunity to get ahead of the competition. For more updates on the iPhone 8, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.