Apple having trouble integrating Touch ID into iPhone 8 display

How can you make the iPhone any better? There are plenty of improvements that could be adopted, but I have always complained about the big ugly button taking over a huge portion of the phone’s front. Rumors suggest removing the now-iconic button is a step Apple is to take with the iPhone 8, allowing the manufacturer to reduce bezel space.

Accomplishing this may get a little tricky; there are two main rumors revolving this topic. One suggests the Touch ID sensor might be moved to the back (a la LG). The second murmur claims the fingerprint reader will be integrated into the screen itself, a process that seems to be running into yield issues, according to analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company:

For the 5.8-inch OLED version, the biggest bottleneck remains integrating an under-glass fingerprint sensor into the display— the current yield rate of Apple’s in-house AuthenTec solution remains low and AAPL seems unwilling to use other vendors’ products.

There is still some time before an announcement, but Apple does have to get things done relatively quickly. If these issues aren’t resolved soon, the company may be forced to go another route. Arcuri believes Apple could simply go with facial recognition, move the fingerprint reader to the back or delay production.

More news and rumors will definitely emerge, so let’s keep it tuned to TabTimes for more to come. What do you guys think, though? Which route would you like to see Apple taking?

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Swedish prosecutor drops rape investigation into Julian Assange

Swedish prosecutors have decided to drop a years-long investigation into an alleged rape committed by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, though UK police said he would still be arrested if he leaves the Ecuadorean embassy in London. The prosecutors office announced the decision on Friday.

“Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange,” the prosecutors office said in a statement, as reported by Reuters.

Assange fled Sweden in 2012 and has been living at the Ecuadorean embassy in London to avoid extradition ever since. Swedish authorities have sought to interrogate him on allegations of sexual assault brought by two women in 2010. The…

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Google’s Seurat technology turned a film-quality Rogue One scene into mobile VR

Google has a new tool called Seurat that’s designed to take high-end, film-quality 3D scenes and turn them into something that can run on mobile hardware. To demonstrate the technology, Google partnered with IMXLAB at Lucasfilm to take a high-fidelity digital set from Rogue One, which originally took hours per frame to render, and compressed the polygons and textures into something that could run in realtime on its prototype WorldSense headset.

We got to check out a demo, and it did indeed look great. The scene — a dark and foreboding Imperial Hangar — has realtime reflections and lighting effects, along with a looming, animated K-2. It’s not exactly cinema quality, but it’s better than what you’d normally see running on mobile hardware…

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