There are rumors circulating that Apple continues to experience problems with regards to embedding the Touch ID sensor underneath the OLED (organic light emitting diode) display screen of its upcoming iPhone 8 device. Earlier reports that surfaced some time ago had indicated that the tech giant had encountered these embedding issues when it first produced its highly awaited iPhone 8 flagship. Despite some subsequent reports suggesting that the company had resolved the issues, rumors continue to swirl around Apple’s apparent inability to fix the problem.
BGR recently reported that a research note written by Andy Hargreaves, John Vinh, and Josh Beck, analysts from KeyBanc Capital Markets, stated that Apple still has not found a way to embed its Touch ID sensor into the iPhone 8’s display screen without compromising any processing speed or touch screen accuracy. The research note also pointed out how Apple is now left with a limited of time to sort out the embedding problems.
Apple has always been good at keeping secrets especially when it comes to any soon to be released iPhone model. But everybody is practically expecting the company’s upcoming iPhone 8 to be fitted with an OLED display screen. As for the Touch ID sensor, the tech giant had first introduced the fingerprint reader with the release of the its iPhone 5s almost four years ago. The Touch ID feature quickly became a hit, with more and more iOS mobile users appreciating how the functionality allowed them to unlock their iPhone devices without keying in a pass code. The Touch ID sensor would later play a significant role in how Apple’s mobile payment system, Apple Pay, works.
According to the research note from the KeyBanc Capital Markets analysts, it would take about a dozen weeks “from placement of fingerprint IC orders to full volume production” of the iPhone units. If Apple can resolve its Touch ID issues and then place orders for fingerprint ICs before the end of this month, then it would still be in a good position to achieve full volume production by October or November of this year.
The analysts also agree that another option for Apple would be to do away with the Touch ID sensor entirely, and instead go for facial recognition technology. While this type of identity authentication technology is gaining popularity in the last few years, it still relies mostly on getting a clear line of sight of the face. What made the Touch ID sensor such a hit in the first place was its ease of use -- one touch of your finger and you’re good to go.
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