Analyst Suggests Apple's OLED iPhone 8 Model May Ship Without Fingerprint Sensor
Could be that the technology just isn't ready yet.
Fresh word around the worldwide web suggests that the new OLED models of Apple's iPhone 8 likely won't have fingerprint sensors. According to one Wall Street analyst, the company has yet to properly implement the device's fingerprint recognition hardware, which means one of two things: either Apple will delay the launch of the OLED iPhone 8 until fingerprint sensors have been sufficiently tested — a delay that's been rumored before — or the phone will ship without the sensor altogether.
Speaking to AppleInsider, Pacific Crest Securities research analyst Andy Hargreaves stated his belief that Apple hasn't completed testing of the fingerprint sensor.
"At this point, we do not believe Apple's optical fingerprint module provider has firm orders for production, which suggests Apple does not have functionality of the optical fingerprint sensor ready," Hargreaves said. "Additionally, we believe Apple has evaluated Synaptic's optical fingerprint solution, but that it has not been qualified."
Fingerprint sensing functionality is only one of the many features set to be included with the iPhone 8 when it's formally revealed later this year. Other purported features include wireless charging, a stainless-steel enclosure, frontward 3D facial recognition, and a curved screen.
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