IPhone 8 Problems Causing 'Panic' at Apple

The original iPhone left compared to the rumored iPhone 8

Apple has been working hard to fix software bugs affecting its iPhone 8, according to a report from Fast Company.

The iPhone 8 (which is what we're calling the phone for now) is said to receive a major redesign that will debut features never before seen on an iPhone. The problem is that the software driving them don't.

Some media outlets have reported that Apple may change the name of their upcoming iPhone 8.

Wireless charging has been rumored for the iPhone 8, one fan imagines what it may look like in this rendering. These include challenges related to placing the fingerprint sensor underneath the phone's OLED display, and the packaging of its 3D sensor. The report even suggests Apple may rely on the 3D sensor for authentication in lieu of the familiar Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

Apple allegedly struggling to get the software working smoothly on the iPhone 8.

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

That's where the development issues are reportedly coming in, as Andy Hargreaves, an analyst at KeyBanc Capital Markets, wrote that Apple is seeing "poor performance" through the glass.

The smartphone, expected to launch this fall alongside an iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, comes in the tenth year of the line's existence, and Apple is putting out all the stops to fend off a challenge from its competitors. We believe Apple's facial recognition solution should work from many angles and in low-light environments.

One of these features is wireless charging, which makes its way to the iPhone for the first time.

Samsung has been shipping tons of phones with OLED screens - curvy ones, too - for years now, so it's a bit harder to believe that Apple won't be able to secure enough panels for its new iPhone.

Further complicating the OLED display issue is Touch ID. That's a bit troubling considering that September is fast approaching and it seems very late in the game that Apple is facing these types of issues. 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.

Rumours also point to three different configurations for the next flagship phone, two of which feature a cheaper to produce LCD screen over the costly OLED variant. Apple is also expected to announce the direct successors to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which is expected to be called as the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus.

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