A new DigiTimes report claims that Apple will be using its own fingerprint technology on the OLED iPhone 8 that will come with a redesigned fingerprint ID solution. The company’s solution makes use of AuthenTec algorithm, a company it acquired in 2012, and Privaris glass identification technology.
Apple has been aggressively pushing USB-C ports on its MacBook lineup. So much so, the company did not include one regular sized USB port on its 2016 MacBook Pro lineup. Now, a report from The Wall Street Journal claims that Apple will ditch the Lightning connector in favour of a USB-C port on the iPhone 8 as well.
A new report from TrendForce says that next-generation iPhone’s production volume will exceed 100 million units this year thanks to the “significant” hardware and design upgrades the three models will come with. Interestingly, the firm believes that the OLED iPhone will make up for a majority of the shipments despite it being rumored to cost upwards of $1000.
In his latest research note, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple will be giving the front camera on the iPhone 8 a major upgrade. The analyst notes that the OLED variant of the iPhone 8 will feature a “revolutionary” camera in the front that will be paired with an infrared module.
A new report from DigiTimes claims that Apple will be using an aluminium-alloy chassis for the 4.7-inch iPhone, with the 5.8-inch premium iPhone 8 Plus model featuring a chassis made of reinforced glass with stainless steel frame. The design of the 5.5-inch iPhone is yet to be finalised by the Cupertino company.
News originating from Korea suggests that Samsung Display has secured a $4.3 billion contract from Apple to supply it with 60 million OLED panels that will be used in the next-generation iPhone.
A report from Mac Otakara citing reliable sources from Taiwan claims that Apple will be introducing a 5-inch iPhone this year. The model will live alongside the larger 5.5-inch iPhone and the smaller 4.7-inch variant.
iPhone 8 To Feature Iris Scanner; Production To Start Earlier Than Usual With Strict Quality Control Guidelines
Corroborating a rumor from earlier this week, DigiTimes reports that Apple has asked its suppliers to deliver parts and start production of the iPhone 8 earlier than usual. The Cupertino company reportedly wants its supply chain partners to start delivering parts and components for production from the second half of Q1, 2017.
Analyst firm BlueFin Research Partners has received “some indication” from Apple’s supply chain suggesting that the iPhone 8 production will be ramped up in June. This is earlier than usual considering Apple’s iPhone production timeframe in the past where production is usually ramped up around July.