There is only little to argue that the iPhone 8 is the most anticipated flagship handset of 2017. Even last year when the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were released, there have been rumors that the next iteration of Apple’s premium smartphone brand will redefine the public’s perception on the iPhone. Known for its highly sophisticated design and features, the iPhone 8 is expected to be even bigger with its groundbreaking features. However, the latest word from the rumor mill suggests that tech enthusiasts needs to be more patient with a possible launch delay .
As reported by 9to5Mac, KGI Securities tech analyst Ming Chi Kuo predicted that the mass production of iPhone 8 will not start until the last months of the year. The public is used to see the Cupertino-based tech giant unveiling the new iPhone model in September or October. This time around, the production of iPhone 8 units may not even commence during those months.
With this new development, there are doubts whether the iPhone 8 release will happen this year. Apple is known to start the mass production of their devices several months before the scheduled release date. Perhaps the worst case scenario for the anxious iPhone followers is that the iPhone 8 will be launched early 2018.
To note, Bloomberg reported earlier that the iPhone 8 launch this year could be delayed by a few months, thus increasing the possibility that the iPhone 8 will not appear until late 2017, at the very least. Although, there is still a chance that Apple will be able to push through with the new iPhone launch this year. According to CNBC, Pacific Crest Securities’ tech analyst Andy Hargreaves believes that the rumored fingerprint scanner of the iPhone 8 will be compromised if the handset will be made available this 2017.
Furthermore, Hargreaves noted that Apple is having problems with the upcoming iPhone’s optical fingerprint functionality. To recall, Apple is reportedly targeting a bezel-free design to give a wider OLED display, putting the home button and the fingerprint scanner underneath the screen.
The functionality issue might force the company to remove the fingerprint sensing technology from the OLED screen. With the absence of a fingerprint scanner, the iPhone 8 will have a new biometric feature that uses 3D sensors.