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IPhone 8's biggest features could be disabled at launch


Multiple reports have previously suggested Apple will let new iPhone owners charge their devices wirelessly through a separate charging station accessory.

Apple's trials and tribulations over the upcoming iPhone 8 have been well documented thus far and a new report this evening from Fast Company continues that trend.

One of those is wireless charging. It's also possible that built-in wireless charging hardware could be included in the phone, but would be inoperable until a software update is pushed out later down the line. What's been consistent with these rumors is that the Apple's latest flagship device will come with an entirely new design along with new technologies and features.

But if the wireless charging software does not work by the time the iPhone 8 launches, Apple may end up shipping inoperable charging stations with the new smartphone that will work once the update is installed.

"It sounds to me like the OLED iPhone is a phone which Apple can't make 40 million of per quarter, at least not today", Gruber says.

The estimate cut comes a day after Fast Company reported that Apple is rushing to try to fix software bugs affecting the next iPhone and there's a "sense of panic" among the team. The issue again is not hardware related, but rather due to iOS itself.

The source didn't confirm what the 3D sensor is for, but only said that Apple is struggling to have it work reliably.

But that's not all.


The company is also reportedly struggling to get its front-facing 3D sensor working properly, according to Fast Company.

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. The iPhone 8 is expected to include a 5.8-inch screen in a phone similar size to the 4.7-inch iPhone 7.

This wouldn't be the first time that Apple delayed a feature release, either. Some of these reports could be wrong, but it's very unlikely that they're all wrong, and there's mounting evidence that Apple will be forced to push back what is possibly the most important phone launch in the past couple of years. But investors have mostly shrugged off reports about the problems, which could delay the iPhone 8 release or see it shipped with key features not activated.

However, these issues did not prevent the iPhone 7 Plus from launching on time, and the delayed camera software was a minor inconvenience that didn't impact core functionality.

Another feature that will increase the iPhone 8's starting price is the company's planned 3D facial recognition.

According to Fortune, more than 85 million iPhone 8 models are expected to be shipped in the second half of 2017.

Previously, Apple dictated what was the hot new smartphone colour with their previous iPhones.

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