IPhone 8's biggest features could be disabled at launch

A man uses an Apple iPhone outside the Apple store on Regent Street

The company has faced numerous software issues on its next flagship device, likely called the iPhone 8 or iPhone X, which one anonymous source suggests could lead to production and delivery delays, according to Fast Company. The report claims Apple has unable to solve the software issues, which means, the tenth anniversary iPhone could be launched without major features.

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.

Apple faces similar problems with the new 3D sensor.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch lowered its estimates for Apple 's iPhone shipments by 11 million for the year, the latest Wall Street firm to expect launch delays. Insiders believe that the hardware giant will use the Qi wireless charging standard, or a variant.

It's also expected to completely do away with the iconic home button and feature wireless charging and a fingerprint sensor underneath the phone. It is perhaps even more critical for the 3D sensor as it is believed to replace the functionality of Touch ID, which may not make it to the final iPhone 8.

One is wireless charging which, despite being used by rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S8, is causing headaches for Apple and its new smartphone, known for now as the iPhone 8. So instead of that, the iPhone 8 would rely on facial recognition technology. We've heard tons of rumors about it being problematic, though we have also seen a report or two that said yes, the under-screen fingerprint scanner is ready to go.

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The new report corroborates what Apple blogger John Gruber told followers last week.

iPhone 8 is expected to be Apple's biggest refresh since the introduction of the original iPhone ten years ago. The report suggests that these are software issues and employees at the company are working around the clock to fix it. However, there is now limited manufacturing capacity for OLED display panels.

However this has been disputed by recent suggestions that the iPhone 8 could retail around £560, with the 64GB version between £685 and £725.

Yes, even the very screen that the new iPhone will come with might be problematic.

Lastly, the elephant in the room: Touch ID.

Other rumors say that Apple is still working on implementing Touch ID for the display, and the final list of the features of the iPhone 8 will be approved by the end of summer.

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