As we said before, it can get confusing in iPhone rumor land. The Apple grapevine can be a maze of conflicting reports, incredible theories, fan-fueled fantasies and far-fetched concepts.
For the multitudes of Apple faithful who are waiting for the next big thing – speculating about the next iPhone is fun and it’s actually an integral part of the gadget’s consumer lifecycle.
The common belief is that we will see three separate iPhone models in September – two “s” models of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and a third premium version that might rock all the rumored groundbreaking technologies.
But are these groundbreaking technologies causing big problems in Apple land?
A report from Fast Company said that Apple’s iPhone team had a tense month of June with a “sense of panic in the air” while it is still working to fix software issues in the premium iPhone 8.
The iPhone 8 is expected to be unveiled in September but the reports said that if the issues are not resolved soon, Apple’s flagship product may be delayed or even launch with some of its major features disabled.
As hinted by earlier reports, Apple is having problems with the new technologies being introduced on the iPhone 8, namely, wireless charging, 3D facial scanning and the fingerprint sensor.
Wireless inductive charging (similar to the Qi standard) has already been confirmed for at least one new iPhone model but the Fast Company report’s source said that the wireless charging software for the iPhone 8 is not yet “ready for primetime” but may be turned on at a later time via software update.
The same thing can be said for the new 3D Facial Scanning technology – the components are ready but the accompanying software is still not up to par.
This can be a major setback for Apple since Bloomberg likewise reported that the company is having technical issues with embedding the Touch ID fingerprint sensor within the iPhone 8’s OLED screen.
3D facial recognition camera system in place of fingerprints, 3D facial and iris scanning can then be used for biometric security instead. As you can see, it is important that the company irons out these technical and software issues before the iPhone 8’s launch since these systems will likely be used for secure functions like Apple Pay, device log ins, and app security.
However, the source believes that Apple will likely have the 3D scanning software in time. If not, the company will include all the necessary components and turn it on later with a software update.
Turning on advertised features at a later date after a product’s launch is nothing new. In fact, Apple did it with the iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode while Samsung has yet to fully enable the S8’s much-touted Bixby virtual assistant.
In related news, Bank of America Merrill Lynch has lowered its iPhone shipment estimates by 11 million for the year due to the expected iPhone 8 delays.
“Our conversations with the Supply Chain suggest that the iPhone 8 will ship 3-4 weeks delayed given technological issues, which Apple and its suppliers are working through,” analysts Wamsi Mohan and Stefano Pascale said in a report.
Judging by these rumored developments, it’s likely that even with the three- to four-week delay, there will still be massive shortages when the premium iPhone 8 model is finally released due to overwhelming demand.