July is fast approaching and it only meant one thing, we’re only two months away from the supposed iPhone 8 launch. At this point in time, most consumers are now convinced that the iPhone 8 will not get a release at least until late October. A number of analysts, including Ming-Chi Kuo, have speculated that Apple will not be able to release the phone to the public due to production constraints.
On the other hand, as we come closer to is supposed launch, many new information are revealed everyday. Here is a roundup of anything, rumours or news, that pertains to the iPhone 8 last week.
In-display Touch ID confirmed
Just before the end of the week, an analyst from Cowen and Company released a report through Apple Insider about Apple’s tenth anniversary iPhone. According to the report, the phone in question will definitely come with an embedded fingerprint sensor. The sensor will be mounted behind the display itself.
At the time of the report, Apple is said to be in the process of deciding which technology to use on the Touch ID sensor.
For this, Apple is making a choice between optical and ultrasonic. In addition to these, the company is also considering what sort of technique it will use to implement the sensor.
The first option is to use tiny pinholes on the display that will serve as channels to the sensor underneath. Another option that is being considered is using a thin film for the sensor. This thin film will then be mounted behind the display. Finally, Apple is also considering thinning the area of the display glass where the fingerprint sensor will be mounted.
Apple ahead of Samsung on embedded fingerprint sensor
Another significant news last week was the rumor that Samsung is considering ditching the embedded fingerprint sensor race. According to a report from The Investor, Samsung’s version of the in-display fingerprint sensor is still having major issues.
The first one was the colour quality as the sensor itself causes variation in color and brightness of the display. The other issue was that the sensor itself is not working well with the display. It seems like it is not detecting the imprints due to the opacity of the display.
Because of these issues, Samsung is now reported to ditch the efforts of in-display fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy Note 8. This is big news especially for Apple as the pressure of providing the first embedded fingerprint sensor is now slowly abating.
New iPhone 8 dummy reaffirms in-display Touch ID and glass backing
Finally, last week, Onleaks released a series of alleged images of an iPhone 8 dummy unit. The images actually reaffirms various aesthetic designs of the upcoming iPhone, including glass backing, vertical dual cameras, and in-display Touch ID sensor.
One of the images also shows the bezels of the iPhone 8. Apart from the top area for various sensors, the bezel is quite slim. So slim, in fact, that it is almost touching the edge of the dummy unit.
The image leaks also confirmed the in-display Touch ID sensor for the iPhone 8. It is quite clear from the rear image of the dummy unit that the phone will not have a rear-mounted Touch ID sensor.