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Apple Has Just Weeks to Fix its Fingerprint Problem, Says KeyBanc

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Garry Little | 13 July, 2017, 00:37

There's also a possibility that the iPhone 8 might even launch with some of its major new features disabled due to the situation.

The software problems are amplified by the enormous pressure to deliver the new phone on time, shortly after its likely announcement this fall; by the usual huge expectations for a new Apple product; and by the fact that the company is building technologies into the device that have never appeared in iPhones before.

A slew of reports this and last week point at various features in the upcoming, OLED-screened iPhone 8 - or the iPhone Pro, or iPhone X, or whatever its name will be - that are causing problems for Apple's engineers.

Employees at Foxconn recently confirmed that the iPhone 8 would keep the Lightning connector rather than the reported USB C, as well as feature wireless charging. These include challenges related to placing the fingerprint sensor underneath the phone's OLED display, and the packaging of its 3D sensor. It's believed to be the possible replacement for the device's lack of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Let's just hope everything works out for Apple and that customers will be ready to shell out a small fortune on a phone.

A number of scanners are set to feature with the new display, including a built in finger print scanner and a new iris scanner for facial recognition. Today's report explains that it's "plausible" that Apple is still trying to decide where Touch ID will be located, as a report earlier today claimed.

Included in the list of woes the company is apparently facing is wireless charging.

There's strong suspicion among the banking sector that Apple won't be able to ship the iPhone 8 in September as with the other two iterative iPhone updates, the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.

There is no official release date yet for Apple's iPhone 8, but fans are expecting to get a first look at and more information about it a few weeks before the IFA trade show in Berlin. That's a bit troubling considering that September is fast approaching and it seems very late in the game that Apple is facing these types of issues. However, there is now limited manufacturing capacity for OLED display panels.

Apple has faced declining revenues over the past several years, and the iPhone remains the company's best-selling brand.

Previously, Apple dictated what was the hot new smartphone colour with their previous iPhones.

Lastly, the elephant in the room: Touch ID.

Screen technology is also expected to get a refresh, with Apple moving towards OLED (organic light emitting diode) glass.

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