Rumors have been persistent about what features the iPhone 8 will have, but one of the most intriguing has been the idea of Apple putting Touch ID inside the display. Reports have been circulating over the past year about how much difficulty Apple was having implementing this feature. But according to a new report from Economic Daily News, Apple has solved the problem.
First reported by MacRumors, Economic Daily News talked with sources from Apple’s supplier, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, which confirmed Apple had solved the issue. Apple has managed to put “an optical fingerprint sensor to enable authentication directly on the screen,” according to an unnamed source.
The sources also confirm the next iPhone will include an OLED panel with minimized bezels that required the elimination of the home button. Additionally, Apple is said to include “invisible infrared image sensors to enhance the functionality of the high-pixel camera” to work with augmented reality.
Apple’s reported breakthrough embedding the fingerprint scanner into the display is a big win for the company. A lot is hanging on the next iPhone, including Apple’s response to Samsung’s unanimously beloved Galaxy S8. It’s features like this that will set the next iPhone apart.
Production on the iPhone 8 is reported to start in July with a release date some time in the fall, as is per usual for iPhone releases. Another leak today revealed that Apple is asking employees to “black out” time-off starting in September. It’s now just a matter of waiting for Apple to unveil the device.