Apple IPhone Rumors Point To Touch ID Issues And Two IPhone 8 Flavors

Posted: Apr 14 2017, 5:15am CDT | by , in Rumors | Apple

Apple iPhone Rumors Point to Touch ID Issues for iPhone 8 and More

Under-glass Touch ID sensor is giving Apple fits

Some new rumors about the coming iPhone models are making the rounds today. The first of the rumors focuses on the iPhone 8 smartphone and suggests that Apple is having a very hard time and is facing low yields from its own in-house Touch ID sensor to be used on the iPhone 8. The problem according to Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri is that sensor yields are low and Apple is apparently unwilling to use an outside source for the Touch ID sensor.

Arcuri says that the yields of Apple's sensor are low enough that this is the main bottleneck in the way of the iPhone 8 entering mass production. Apple's own Touch ID sensor is based on AuthenTech technology and on this particular iPhone model will be placed under the glass on the smartphone screen.

Arcuri says that he sees three potential scenarios as a result of this Touch ID issue. The first is that Apple could simply remove Touch ID from the iPhone 8 altogether and rely solely on the facial recognition tech being integrated into the smartphone. The issue with this possibility is that Apple Pay could be affected.

The second option would be for Apple to ditch the under glass plans for the sensor and simply place the traditional Touch ID sensor on the back of the iPhone. Arcuri says that if Apple decides on this approach that it would put the sensor in a better place than Samsung chose for the Galaxy S8 sensor criticized for being hard to reach.

The third option according to the analyst is that Apple could choose to delay the launch of the iPhone 8, but still announce it along with the other two expected iPhone models come September. Along with the Touch ID sensor rumors also comes another rumor that offers tidbits on what we might see hardware wise on the iPhone models when they launch.

According to this rumor, all three of the new iPhone models are expected to sport 3GB of RAM and Lightning connectors that support fast charging. This rumor comes from Timothy Arcuri as well. Arcuri also predicts that the 4.7" and 5.5" iPhone models coming will land with the same storage options as the current iPhone models, namely 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB versions.

This rumor directly disputes another rumor that comes from a research firm called Trendforce that claims that only the 5.5-inch version of the iPhone and the iPhone 8 will have 3GB of RAM. TrendForce says that the base iPhone with the 4.7-inch screen will have 2GB of RAM like existing iPhone 7 models.

Arcuri also agrees with KGI Securities in that he predicts Lightning connectors with USB Type-C power delivery will be featured on all iPhone models allowing them to charge faster. Some rumors have suggested that the iPhone 8 will only have a USB-C port for charging rather than the Apple proprietary Lightning connector, but this rumor seems unlikely at this point.

Update April 14:

Some new rumors have surfaced that talk about what the iPhone 8 might have feature wise when it launches and these rumors go very well with the rumors yesterday talking about Apple's woes with integrating the Touch ID sensor under the glass of the iPhone 8 model. According to Forbes citing rumors from supply chain sources, Apple has two plans for the iPhone 8.

The first and more ambitious plan is an iPhone model that has the Touch ID sensor under the glass. This device will have 4mm bezels round the entire phone and 2.5D glass on the front and back surrounded by a metal frame. The phone will feature wireless charging and have dimensions the same as the iPhone 7.

The screen is a 5.8-inch OLED unit and will also sport a front camera hidden under the screen glass making it invisible. One interesting tidbit is that the large power button has two points of contact and the exact reason for that odd power button is unknown. This is all assuming that Apple can get that Touch ID sensor to perform as needed under the glass.

If the Touch ID sensor proves unable to perform, the supply chain sources have offered up a bit of detail on what Apple's plan B includes. Apple's fallback plan is for a iPhone 8 that will be wider and thicker than the iPhone 7. This version of the iPhone 8 would measure 149.5 x 72.5 x 8.6mm, larger than the iPhone 7 at 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm. The display is said to be the same 5.8-inches as plan A would use.

Plan B would have a rear camera changed from horizontal to vertical on the corner of the new device, but would be similar to the camera setup on the iPhone 7. This plan B iPhone 8 will also reportedly stick with an aluminum chassis, so no glass if plan A falls through. This plan B does have a missing home button and there appears to be a Touch ID button on the back. It's not clear if the wireless charging will carry over if plan A falls through.

Apple really needs to come with plan A, if the plan B device is what we get when the unveil is made there will be some very unhappy iPhone fans. Plan B isn't that different than what we have now and will be a lackluster update, something that Apple has become known for over the last few years.

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