Possibly the most hyped iPhone of all time, the iPhone 8 (or iPhone Edition) will be losing a key feature. Touch ID will be the next major feature to be cut from the infamously popular smartphone. This doesn’t bode well for Apple as this will make it two years in a row that they’ve removed a much-used feature. Removing the 3.5mm headphone jack last year was a ‘courageous’ move in Apple’s eyes, but the general consensus from consumers was probably swayed more towards the negative side.
Removing the Touch ID sensor will once again prove to be an unpopular decision unless Apple replaces it with something equally efficient and easy to use. Thankfully, rumor has it that Apple will be implementing a 3D Face Scanning technology that will be able to securely unlock your iPhone – even when it’s laying flat on a table. We’ll have to wait and see if this is true and if so if it even works well.
So why would Apple remove the Touch ID sensor in the first place? The sensor was originally meant to go underneath the display, this would have been a very intuitive and futuristic solution. Unfortunately, according to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has not managed to successfully achieve this and has run out of time to do so. It simply proved too difficult to do in the amount of time they had. They decided to remove the Touch ID as spending any more time on it would have significantly delayed the iPhone 8’s release.
Speaking of delays, that’s exactly what you can expect. The Wall Street Journal states that the issues surrounding the Touch ID sensor as well as other issues with the iPhone 8’s new OLED display have delayed production by a month. This doesn’t mean that the iPhone 8 will be made available to the public at a later date, it just means that there will be a more limited supply than usual. Due to this, if you want an iPhone 8 soon, you’ll most likely have to order one on the day of release. With that being said, with every new iPhone you normally have to wait until long past the initial release to get your hands on one anyway. They’re simply too popular.