Apple iPhone 8 may not feature Touch ID sensor, ‘production glitches’ could cause shipping delays: Report

Apple’s new iPhone 8 had hit production glitches early in its manufacturing process and could lead to supply shortfalls and shipping delays following its launch next week, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Highlights

    • iPhone 8 production a month behind schedule due to manufacturing issue
    • Apple is said to replace LCD over OLED panels on the new iPhone
    • The phone is tipped to be cost $1000

Just a few days from now when Apple’s big day shall take place at the Steve Jobs Theater. The Cupertino tech company will take the wraps off its tenth-anniversary iPhone with two other iPhone handsets alongside. And while only a few days remain before Apple unveils several new products, its iPhone 8 among these ‘production’ is the one getting most of the attention.

Recent reports have predicted that the new iPhone models could likely be up for pre-order on September 15. A new report now claims that the iPhone 8 might face shipping delays following its launch next week. Apple’s new iPhone 8 had hit production glitches early in its manufacturing process and could lead to supply shortfalls and shipping delays following its launch next week, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.The production glitches pushed the manufacturing process back by about a month, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

WSJ also states that the long-rumoured TouchID won’t be a part of the ‘radically’ designed iPhone 8. A Bloomberg report earlier suggested that Apple could supposedly replace the fingerprint sensor with facial recognition. It further said that the Touch ID sensor might be embedded underneath the display. The Journal however now reports that the TouchID won’t be integrated at all. The WSJ points out that while trying to integrate Touch ID into the OLED display a manufacturing issue emerged for which Apple had to forgo this feature.

iphone 8Additionally, MacRumours citing WSJ report says that the delay is due to the new OLED screen. The major tech company is banking on Samsung for OLED panels, the dominant South Korean manufacturer of OLED displays, that currently accounts for almost 89 percent of the OLED supply market.

There never appears to be a shortage of chatter about alleged production glitches at Apple but they seem to be able to crank out tens of millions of iPhones each quarter,” BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk said in an email to Reuters. “I also doubt someone interested in a new iPhone will change brands if they have to wait a few months,” he added.

Apple’s iPhone 8 or iPhone X as it is being referred is expected to bring groundbreaking features including a bezel-less display, vertical dual-rear camera, wireless charging, face scanning technology etc. Apple is replacing LCDs over higher-resolution OLED panels, and Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Apple’s renowed analyst states that the implementation of OLED display in the new iPhone 8 is costing the company around $120-$130 per unit. Reports predict that the upcoming iPhone 8 might cost $1000 making it the most expensive device to ever fall in this price range.