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Apple iPhone 8 May Skip Touch ID For Facial Recognition

Apple may not include the 'Touch ID' fingerprint sensor in the upcoming iPhone 8.


Updated:July 4, 2017, 7:26 PM IST
Apple iPhone 8 May Skip Touch ID For Facial Recognition
Apple iPhone 8 model as per the latest leaks by Tiger Mobiles. (Image: YouTube/ Tiger Mobiles)
An Apple expert has predicted that the iPhone users may soon use facial recognition to unlock their smartphones. Also, the technology giant may not include the 'Touch ID' fingerprint sensor in the upcoming iPhone 8. Apple is predicted to roll out three iPhone models this fall, including an all-new design 5.2-inches (or 5.8 inches depending on the definition of screen size in use) OLED iPhone and LCD models at 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. Amid speculation on where Apple would place the fingerprint sensor on iPhone 8 which is expected to have a full-screen OLED display, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in a report published in Street Insider on Monday, predicted that the sensor would be removed altogether.

"The OLED model won't support fingerprint recognition because the full-screen design doesn't work with existing capacitive fingerprint recognition and the scan-through ability of the under-display fingerprint solution still has technical challenges," the report claimed. The OLED iPhone may also support 3D sensing to allow for facial recognition and improved augmented reality functions while improving selfie quality. The iPhone 8 is also predicted to feature a display with "the highest screen-to-body ratio of any phone on the market" made possible with the use of a 'notch' display design.

Kuo is expecting an October-November and August-September as production ramp-up schedules of OLED iPhone & LCD iPhone respectively. "For optimised promotional effect, we think Apple may unveil the three models simultaneously in September, though the launch date of the OLED version may trail that of LCD models," the report added.

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