Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

The iPhone 8 reportedly won't launch with all the goodies

The iPhone 8 reportedly won't launch with all the goodies

Many rumors say that Apple will introduce the iPhone 8 in September.

According to Fast Company's source, even the 3D scanning sensor is causing problems for Apple - and once again the software, not hardware, is the culprit. The report explains that Apple's team of engineers and designers working on the iPhone are operating with a "sense of panic in the air" as we near the device's unveil later this year...

There has been a lot of rumors and speculations going around regarding the iPhone 8, which has also been nicknamed as the iPhone X and the iPhone Pro.

The feature is likely to work similar to other Android devices, where the user places the phone on a specially-designed pad to start charging.

Wireless charging has always been rumoured for the next-generation of Apple's iconic smartphone.

One of the first rumours to circulate about the iPhone 8 was the inclusion of an all-glass OLED display. Sullivan's source says the hardware is complete and working, but the software that runs the wireless charging isn't ready for prime time. One of the biggest features - and hardest to engineer - is wireless charging, which reportedly could now be offered via a separate accessory case if not ready in time.

This analysis comes days after Wall Street analyst Brian White claimed Apple was "among the most underappreciated stocks in the world."

Some of the iPhone 8's biggest new features could be disabled when the handset makes its debut this September. The same thing happened with Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus in 2016, which arrived with the iOS 10.1 software update several weeks after the phone went on sale. The Touch ID module and the 3D sensor part (potentially to be used for facial recognition) were of specific concern. The report even suggests Apple may rely on the 3D sensor for authentication in lieu of the familiar Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Like with the wireless charging issue, the problem is with the accompanying software and not the hardware.

The Apple iPhone 8 is expected to have an edge-to-edge 5.8 inch OLED display that mainly takes up the size of its front screen. However, there is now limited manufacturing capacity for OLED display panels. Samsung is the only company that can meet Apple's volume requirements, but a recent report said that only three to four million screens could be shipped in time for launch. Apple is also expected to announce the direct successors to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which is expected to be called as the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus.

Better next year: the analysts do expect iPhone shipments to perk back up to 243M shipped units in FY18.

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