Over the past week, there have been numerous reports about the iPhone 8’s Touch ID sensor. For some, the speculations that it may not come with the phone seem surprising, if not at all expected.
It has been said many times in the past couple of months that Apple is still trying its best to sort out some technical issues on the said feature. Until one day, there came a rumor that Apple might, once and for all, ditch the fingerprint sensor and use something else.
Touch ID sensor, there and back again
When the rumour about the in-display Touch ID sensor first broke, many iPhone fans were alight with happiness as this is something they have come to expect on the tenth anniversary phone. Many have been wondering just when Apple will do something radical. And it seems like the iPhone 8 is the best time to start.
Unfortunately, a series of news broke out saying the Cupertino tech giant is still sorting out various issues with the hardware. Just as Samsung has given up in the embedded fingerprint sensor race, it would seem that Apple has also thrown the towel.
Fortunately, there came two new reports saying the Touch ID sensor lives. The first one says that it might stand a chance of having the said sensor behind the overly-sized power button of an alleged CAD drawings. The other, however, claims that it might be similar to that done on various high-end Android phones; fingerprint sensor at the back of the phone.
Double life for a power button
The first rumour of a possible Touch ID implementation came from Bloomberg. The report claims that the CAD drawings show with it are that of the iPhone 8. In the said CAD drawings, it can be seen that the power button is quite bigger than it usual. This gives life to speculations that Apple might consider embedding the fingerprint sensor behind the power button.
This technique, although not that new, maybe one of the most plausible way of not losing the Touch ID sensor. For some, a fingerprint sensor mounted at the back of the phone is something left to be desired by many iPhone fans.
On the other hand, the second reappearance of the rear-mounted Touch ID sensor has been given a thorough rundown by a number of Apple fans. Most analyst believe that the alleged iPhone 8 case belongs to one of the earlier prototypes of the phone.
Because of this, experts believe that it will be less likely for Apple to use the said technique to implement the Touch ID features of the phone. Furthermore, some analysts, still, said that Apple still has time until this August to finalize the said feature of the iPhone 8 before it is too late.
Possible September release
It should be noted that whether Apple chooses the rear mounted of the alternative for the Touch ID sensor, it will greatly affect the phone’s scheduled release. So far, most reports point to an October, or even November release, due to manufacturing issues. However, there is still a chance that Apple might unveil and release the iPhone 8, albeit on a limited run, during this September’s Apple event.
Rod Hall, an analyst from J.P. Morgan, believes that Apple will release the iPhone 8 in September along with the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus. The reason behind this prediction aligns with the fact that, at the moment, Apple is still manufacturing the said phone. However, since the yield is still far too low due to some issues, the manufacturing speed has been less than ideal. Nevertheless, Hall expects Apple will have around two million iPhone 8 units ready by the time of its launch in September.
Although the numbers are far from ideal, it still means the some diehard iPhone fans will still be able to get their hands on the said phone. For more updates on the iPhone 8, be sure to check us out at The Bitbag.