Apple executives and engineers are sweating ahead of the iPhone 8 launch later this year due to a number of persistent software problems with the device, according to Fast Company. The new revealing report suggests that Apple’s engineers and designers are having a troubling time ironing out a number of software-based issues around the new inductive wireless charging and 3D depth-sensing capabilities.
It seems that every year we see and hear about reports suggesting that Apple’s new iPhone could potentially be delayed, or that the yields of specific components aren’t where the company would like them to be, ultimately leading to a situation where demand will initially outweigh supply at launch.
It feels a little different this time around with Fast Company citing people with “knowledge of the situation” suggesting that there is a “sense of panic” internally at Apple. This panic is apparently being caused by the ongoing issues which could ultimately result in iPhone 8 shipping without the major advertised features enabled.
It seems to be the integration of inductive wireless charging and the 3D sensing capabilities of the forward-facing camera which are posing immediate problems for Apple. John Gruber has already shared his opinion on the wireless charging feature, stating his belief that this may not actually be activated until later on in the year alongside an iOS 11.1 rollout. The report suggests that that this is down to a software problem rather than a supply issue with the relevant additional charging component.
There is also a suggestion that Apple’s decision to remove Touch ID from iPhone 8 in favor of facial scanning via the front camera is causing difficulties, once again from the software side. It seems that the sources are comfortable that Apple will get this accompanying software to work in time for iPhone 8 launch in September, but that still potentially leaves the company in limbo where wireless charging is concerned.
In all honesty, it’s likely that this is more smoke than actual fire. Any new device launch, for any company, will be plagued by internal problems and issues that need to be overcome. Apple is in no way exempt or excluded from those issues, meaning that it’s very likely that everything will be brought back on track ahead of the late September launch.
(Source: Fast Company)
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