Barrons reports of three market analysts, one of which, poked around the supplier chain and has determined that Apple is still having issues with Touch ID on the iPhone 8 and had only around two weeks to make a decision that could potentially delay the new iPhones release, which could affect Apple stocks. This comes after last months rumor that Apple still doesnt know where its going to put a fingerprint sensor.
Andy Hargreaves, KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst explains that Apple is still struggling with integrating the new fingerprint sensor technology, presumably the kind that works right through the display. Qualcomm has already been working on it with vivo, the first smartphone brand to feature this technology.
Concept render of the iPhone 8
Apple has until around August to place the order it needs to build Touch ID sensors into the new iPhone 8 before it has to delay the expected launch of the device. The analysts also say that it would presumably take about 12 weeks to fulfill the order of fingerprint sensor chips in order to reach regular production capacity in late-October to early-November. Of course, before it can place the order, Apple needs to have Touch ID figured out for the new iPhone.
Apples expected facial recognition authentication is speculated to possibly replace Touch ID altogether. This wouldnt be a good move on Apples part considering that facial recognition isnt quite where wed like it to be as a practical and secure method of authentication.
Even if Apple figured out how to use depth information to map a persons face as form of authentication, it still couldnt be as secure as a fingerprint. In any case, whatever changes Apple does end up making with the Touch ID sensor will probably be forgotten about once the dust settles and folks are done complaining about change.
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