Apple is facing a major issue with the Touch ID fingerprint scanner on its next–generation iPhone 8, with the company struggling to place the component behind the device’s display.
Apple’s plans have long been rumoured to involved removing the traditional home button/Touch ID combination on the iPhone 8 for something more futuristic.
However, analyst Timothy Arcuri says he has spoken to a number of people close to Apple’s supply chain who say such a move is proving to be a ‘bottleneck’ in production, with Apple weighing a number of alternatives.
One is said to involve ditching Touch ID in favour of iris and facial recognition, something Arcuri says remains unlikely. Another is to place the Touch ID button on the back of the iPhone 8, along the same lines as LG’s G6 and Samsung’s Galaxy S8.
More likely, says Arcuri, is a plan which will see Apple stick to its guns but release the iPhone 8 towards the end of the year, after revealing it in September.
This tallies with a number of reports which claim the overhauled iPhone will not be available immediately after it’s first shown to the public.
Other key iPhone 8 features are said to include a curved display and 3D dual lens camera.