Latest reports suggests that Apple is finding it very difficult to integrate the Touch ID sensor beneath the display of the 5.8 inch OLED iPhone 8. Rumours have claimed that Apple is working with synaptics to accomplish the task. According to Andy Hargreaves, Pacific Crest Securities quality research analyst, Apple might either eliminate the Touch ID sensor from the iPhone 8 or delay the production, if the issue is not resolved.
Touch ID is a major part of IOS and it helps us do payments using Apple Pay apart from assisting in unlocking the smartphone. Therefore, if Apple decides to dump Touch ID, it may provide users with other security options like 3D facial recognition or iris scanning.
Also, last week, Timothy Arcuri from Cowen and Company had highlighted the same issue based on the details he acquired from supply chains. He further explained that Apple has three options if the Cupertino company is unable to find a breakthrough in this technology.
Firstly, as explained above, Apple may end up removing Touch ID and use other forms of security like Iris Scanning and Facial Recognition. However, he also said that this is not probably going to happen as Facial Recognition and Iris Scanning is not very secure.
Secondly, as explained in the reports released last week, the Touch ID sensor may be shifted to the rear of the iPhone 8. Apple always pays atmost importance to design and hence we can be rest assured that the fingerprint scanner will be easier to access unlike the one found on the Galaxy S8, if this indeed happens. However, Arcuri feels that this might not be an optimal solution.
Finally, and the most probable of them all, Apple may announce the iPhone 8 along with the other two 4.7 and 5.5 inch iPhones, but delay its production. Many rumours have pointed in this direction and this has the highest probability of happening among the above options.
Apple will definitely want to make something special for the 10th anniversary iPhone and will not be looking to sacrifice any feature, considering that it may start at a $1000.