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Apple Could Be Having Software Problems With Their New iPhone 8

A man uses an Apple iPhone outside the Apple store on Regent Street Image via Getty Gareth Cattermole
Theresa Hayes | 12 July, 2017, 13:38

Apple are giving this years handsets a new design and new materials, the iPhone 8 is rumored to come with an nearly bezel free OLED display and the handset will feature a complete redesign.

Basically every new feature or technology Apple is rumored to introduce with its iPhone 8 is rumored to be late or problematic in this or that regard. So if these said issues are not solved, the iPhone 8 may come without some expected features. Those include Qi wireless charging as well as a front-facing 3D sensor ala Microsoft Kinect.

Wireless charging isn't the only major headache for Apple.

Furthermore, Apple is also expected to launch "standard" iPhone models with significant upgrades and, presumably, the standard Touch ID solution. The report adds: "The wireless charging components.are not the key issue, the source said; it's the software that's not ready for prime time".

Fast Company's source suggests that Apple could ship the new iPhone with the charge station at launch, then enable wireless charging later through a software update. Instead of the entire phone being delayed, it seems that maybe some features could be disabled at launch. Without confirming that's what the front-facing 3D sensor is for, my source says Apple has been struggling to get the sensor to work reliably.

The source believes Apple will likely have the 3D software working in time.

While the hardware is apparently in reasonable shape, a source speaking to Fast Company claims that certain elements of the software aren't ready.

Should it keep to its annual tradition, Apple will announce the new iPhone (and possibly updated versions of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus) at a media event in the second week of September, before putting the phones on sale 10 days later. That too has been a worry for Apple, and a potential cause of delays-not because of the quality of the hardware, but because of a scarcity of OLED manufacturing facilities around the world.

Although it's true that Apple may have bitten off more than it can chew in trying to transition to a full-face OLED display/integrated Touch ID, I'm not convinced that the strategy is "backfiring". Initially thought to be just another way to do biometrics (and better selfies), recent reports said that 3D scanning might actually replace Touch ID altogether.

The software problems are amplified by the enormous pressure to deliver the new phone on time, shortly after its likely announcement this fall; by the usual huge expectations for a new Apple product; and by the fact that the company is building technologies into the device that have never appeared in iPhones before.