All the new features rumored to come tomay be exciting, but more features may lead to more potential hiccups. Take, for example, that pesky fingerprint sensor.
Word has it that Apple may be planning onof the upcoming iPhone, meaning you could unlock your phone just by touching its screen. But this easier-said-than-done concept may have hit roadblocks, according to that Apple was having issues integrating the new tech.
Now analysts from the investment firm Cowen & Co. seem to corroborate these rumors, claiming that Apple has yet to finalize its Touch ID plans in the iPhone 8, according to a memo obtained by CNET. Cowen has a mixed track record of, so take its word with a grain of salt.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to analysts at Cowen, Apple is deciding between three different scenarios for implementing an imbedded Touch ID:
“1) thinning the cover glass for the fingerprint area (cover glass cutout), 2) creating a pin hole through the glass for optical or ultrasonic fingerprint sensing, and 3) replacing the AuthenTec Touch ID with a “film” fingerprint sensor that is integrated with the display.”
All of these predictions involve a fingerprint sensor on the front of the phone, which seem to contradict other, which speculated that the sensor could be moved to the back.
Since Apple is allegedly still working out what to do with Touch ID, Cowen predicts that iPhone 8 shipments could be delayed 1-2 months and go on sale in the fourth quarter. To make up for this, Apple could stock as many as 90 million iPhones in Q4, says Cowen. For some perspective, Applein Q4 of 2016. Perhaps Apple will break a new sales record even if the phone is delayed.