This Week's Top iPhone 8 News: Mirror-Like Option, $1,200 Starting Price, Software Problems, Launch Delays, And Lower Sales Than Predicted
This week was not a good one for Apple fans, as there were more bad news than good news for the highly anticipated iPhone 8.
While we learned more about the design and features of the upcoming smartphone, reports claimed that trouble is brewing within Apple as the company scrambles before the deadline to launch the iPhone 8.
Mirror-Like Option, $1,200 Starting Price For iPhone 8
Reliable leaker Benjamin Geskin claimed that there will be four iPhone 8 colors, following a report last week by famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that there will be fewer color options for the smartphone. Geskin added that one of the choices is an interesting mirror-like option, and he tweeted an image of a reflective case to illustrate what it would look like.
Meanwhile, Apple watcher John Gruber of Daring Fireball wrote that the iPhone 8 price will start at $1,200, which is a pretty steep price tag for a smartphone. However, it is within the realm of possibility, considering the expectations of premium features and specifications for the iPhone 8.
iPhone 8 Software Problems, Possible Delays
Apple, however, has fallen into panic mode due to iPhone 8 software problems. All of the smartphone's hardware components are in place, but the company's engineers and designers suffered software issues in getting certain features to work, specifically wireless charging and 3D face scanning.
The issues surrounding the facial recognition system of the iPhone 8 is a particularly concerning one for Apple, as the technology is being developed to eventually replace the Touch ID feature. Apple was also revealed to have been working on an iPhone facial recognition system for years, but it apparently has still not gotten it right.
If the software problems that have plagued the iPhone 8 are not solved in time, Apple might be forced to delay the rollout of the smartphone despite going as far as leasing equipment to suppliers to speed up iPhone 8 production.
There is also the possiblity that Apple will release the iPhone 8 on schedule, but with the two features disabled. If Apple will choose to go in this direction, it will then activate the features once the software problems are fixed through an iOS version update.
Will The iPhone 8 Live Up To The Hype?
Despite all the troubles that Apple is reportedly going through for the iPhone 8, there is no assurance that the smartphone will be able to live up to the massive hype that it has generated.
Barclays analyst Mark Moskowitz claimed that the iPhone 8 OLED screen, moving up from LCD screens, will not be enough to convince users who already own a previous iPhone model to upgrade to the premium smartphone.
Deutsche Bank analysts, meanwhile, warned that iPhone 8 sales may fall below expectations, citing stiff competition and the four-figure price tag as the reasons why the smartphone may not be able to live up to the hype.