The closer we get to the announcement of the iPhone 8, which many expect to happen in the early part of September, it’s starting to look more and more like the handset won’t have Touch ID on board.
As reported by AppleInsider today, Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang released a memo detailing expectations for the upcoming flagship iPhone, pointing to the third week of September as the point where the iPhone 8 will enter mass production. Perhaps unsurprisingly at this point, considering how often we’ve heard that the iPhone 8 will not feature Touch ID, Zhang also echoes that expectation:
“Our industry research suggests Apple will not include a fingerprint sensor in the upcoming iPhone 8 due to a low yield rate. As a result, we believe iPhone 8 OLED mass production could move to the third week of September, a week earlier than previously expected.”
Zhang goes on to say that there will probably be around 5 million iPhone 8 units in the September quarter, and up to 35 million by the end of the December quarter. To compare, the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, the other new iPhones rumored to launch this year, are expected to reach 15 million and up to 35 million in the aforementioned respective quarters, according to the analyst.
Edging into 2018, though, Zhang expects that iPhone 7s/7s Plus production will begin to wind down, while the iPhone 8 production will do the opposite. Specifically, in the March quarter, Zhang believes iPhone 8 production will go up to 40 million, while the 7s/7s Plus production may scale down to 28 million.
This report echoes what we’ve heard several times up to this point. The iPhone 8, sans Touch ID and featuring facial recognition software, is expected to be very limited at launch. Just recently we heard KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo say that the iPhone 8 may only have up to 4 million units in its launch quarter. If that is indeed the case, the flagship iPhone will be incredibly hard to obtain for many potential owners.
It was recently reported that the iPhone 8’s facial recognition will be more advanced than what’s currently on the market (primarily in some Android-based smartphones), and that it will work in a “millionth’s of a second.”
Are you starting to get accustomed to the idea that Touch ID won’t be on the iPhone 8?