Apple has ‘just weeks’ to decide whether its iPhone 8 will feature an in–screen fingerprint scanner, with the risk of the device being heavily delayed or launching without Touch ID altogether.
A new report from analyst Andy Hargreaves paints a grim picture from Apple’s supply chain. Hargreaves says Apple is still struggling to place a Touch ID sensor beneath the iPhone 8’s home screen, something it needs to do to ensure its plans to ditch the handset’s home button come to fruition.
It had long been thought Apple had conquered the issue, with various reports suggesting that the iPhone 8 was now in mass production.
Hargreaves says Apple now has a 12 week window to decide whether to order Touch ID scanners to be fitted into the iPhone 8 or bin the tech completely. If it chooses the former approach, the release of the iPhone 8 could be delayed until November. Hargreaves says Touch ID remains Apple’s number one choice.
A series of rumours in the past week have suggested Apple was erring towards using 3D facial recognition for security rather than Touch ID, binning a feature which has been a core part of its smartphone range since the iPhone 5s.
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