The rumor mill has revealed that the iPhone 8 that is pegged to unveil next month will be launched in celebration of the tenth anniversary of iPhones. It will be the first iPhone to come with OLED screen. It is expected to come with a full-screen design. Early rumors had claimed that its Touch ID sensor would be placed under its screen, but recent reports have revealed that Apple is struggling to incorporate the fingerprint scanner under the screen. Fresh information suggest that the company may consider placing the fingerprint scanner on the rear side of the iPhone 8 and also it is yet to finalize on the design of the back panel of the iPhone 8 because of which the arrival of the smartphone has been delayed.
According to a South Korean publication, a key Korean supplier has revealed that the final design of the iPhone 8 has not been confirmed by Apple. And it is still waiting for a final decision from Apple before starting the parts shipments. Fresh information suggests that the Cupertino company may have ditched the idea of incorporating the Touch ID sensor under the display of the iPhone 8. Hence, there is a possibility that the iPhone 8 may come with a rear-facing fingerprint reader.
The Touch ID sensor is a very important feature for iPhones as it is not only used for unlocking the iPhone but also for authenticating payments through Apple Pay. Hence, the feature has to be fault-free. The cancellation of on-screen fingerprint reader is also affecting the schedule of iPhone 8’s suppliers.
Samsung Display was initially rumored to begin the shipment of OLED panels for the iPhone 8 by the first half of 2017. However, the South Korean company which is only provider of OLED panels for the upcoming iPhone 8 has begun with a relatively small capacity of OLED production in July.
Samsung Display is yet to start the OLED production in full capacity which indicates that the OLED iPhone will be delayed. The Korean supplier has claimed that Apple may launch the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus in September but the arrival of iPhone 8 may get delayed to November. The IPhone 7S and 7S Plus smartphone are expected to come with LCD panels.
KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed that Apple will be manufacturing only two to four million units of the iPhone 8 at launch. However, by the end of the year, the company may increase the production to 45 to 50 million units. The company is also slated to announce a next-generation iPhone SE in first quarter of 2018.