Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company in his latest note issued to investors claims that Apple’s biggest challenge with the iPhone 8 is integrating the Touch ID sensor under the display.
The analyst is basing his predictions on his own supply chain analysis of Apple. He notes that Apple is currently struggling with yield issues with its in-house developed AuthenTec solution. Making matters worse, Apple is unwilling to use a third-party solution from its vendors.
The analyst believes that if Apple is unable to solve the yield issues, it will be left with three scenarios. The first scenario and the most improbable one is that Apple launches the iPhone 8 without Touch ID and only iris or facial recognition. The second scenario will see Apple move the Touch ID sensor to the rear of the device, though the analyst believes that this is not user-friendly. The last scenario and the most likely one sees Apple delaying the production of the iPhone 8 while still announcing it alongside the ‘iPhone 7s’ in September.
A delayed production will mean that the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone 8 will launch a few weeks after the iPhone 7s and face supply issues in the first few weeks or months of its availability. Other analysts and reports also indicate of Apple doing the same. While other rumors have indicated that the iPhone 8 production is being delayed due to the front-facing 3D camera, Arcuri does not believe that to be the case.
Apple is expected to launch a premium 5.8-inch OLED iPhone 8 this year with plenty of new features including a front-facing 3D camera, all-glass bezel-less design, and ditch the physical home button with an integrated Touch ID sensor into the display.