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Apple Slow to Develop Optical Fingerprint Sensor for Upcoming iPhone

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Leaked sketches of the iPhone 8 have been passed around on the internet, and they show that the iPhone 8 is the exact size of the iPhone 7. However, more reports indicate the iPhone maker may not be able to do so this year. A front-facing Touch ID and a camera underneath the display, wireless charging and contoured glass on the front and back bordered by a metal edge are among the changes revealed here.

Apple had previously patented a way to mount components inside tiny holes such that they would be rendered invisible to the naked eye. "If it is not able to fix the problems in that time frame, Apple may be forced to eliminate fingerprint sensing from the OLED iPhone altogether".

Apple is having trouble getting a new fingerprint sensor working for an iPhone model this year, which could ultimately lead the company to eliminate it and opt for an alternative, Pacific Crest Securities analysts wrote to investors on Sunday. Rumors from reliable resources have informed us that Apple is running into problems with the fingerprint scanner lately. That is where LG Display comes into the equation: if you believe the report from Business Korea, then LG Display is that company. Analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company reported last week that integrating the Touch ID sensor into the iPhone 8's display remains a big bottleneck for Apple. Considering the unit price of about US$5, about 80 million OLED iPhones are expected to be rolled out this year.

This is not the first time the tipster has shared images of the iPhone 8. Like every other handset, it also has strengths and weaknesses.

According to a new report by market intelligence firm TrendForce, Samsung holds 26.1 percent of the global smartphone while Apple holds 16.9 percent. A dual-lens configuration is all but confirmed for the iPhone 8, considering that its direct predecessor, the iPhone 7 Plus, debuted the feature. It also mentions that the device will have a large power button with "two points contact".

Keeping one of millennials' favorite features - the all-important selfie camera - poses serious challenges for Apple engineers if the iPhone 8's bezels are as thin as we expect.

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