Apple iPhone 8 Touch ID placements could cause shipments to be delayed

James Marshall
June 23, 2017

As phone makers aim for bigger displays with smaller bezels (like the Galaxy S8 and LG G6) phones that have a home button or scanner beneath the screen could ditch it to save more space (think iPhone 7 in particular).

While Apple iPhone 8 is generating a lot of interest, looks like all is not well at the Apple mothership.

However, the widely ambitious move of embedding the fingerprint sensor underneath the display might end up delaying the iPhone 8 by several months according to a new report.

The Cupertino giant has the tradition of releasing its flagships in September, so it is normal for those following the mobile phone industry trends to expect the iPhone 8 during the same time of the year. Kelly added that this week, the company directly provided him with information about a variety of iPhone 8 accessory designs. The "tenth anniversary edition" iPhone could undergo a radical design change and comes with features like wireless charging, front-facing 3D camera, dual rear cameras with AR (Augmented Reality) capabilities, as well as a glass back. While it is good news that the said feature will be properly placed in the device, it may also be the culprit for the iPhone 8's delay. As Forbes' Kelly noted in an article last month, "no iPhone has ever been this expensive to build".

Just when rumors suggested Apple had worked out all the problems with the under glass fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 8 a report from Cowen & Co has surfaced citing potential issues with the tech.

Timothy Arcuri, a Wall Street analyst for Cowen and Company, sent out a note and obtained by Apple Insider which indicated that Apple is pondering on three options regarding the iPhone 8's fingerprint sensor. To offset the delay in shipments, Apple could potentially have up to 90 million devices ready to go on sale in Q4.

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