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Apple iPhone 8 may not feature Touch ID at all: KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo

iPhone 8 may replace TouchID with facial recognition.

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Apple is expected to go big on the tenth anniversary of the iPhone. Many have speculated the device will be called iPhone 8. New details about this year’s iPhone have been revealed in an insider report by KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Also Read - macOS Monterey releases today: Check compatible Apple devices, top features, more

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Ming-Chi Kuo is regarded as one of the most credible Apple leakster, considering his strike rate with past leaks. According to Kuo, this years iPhone could probably not even be called the iPhone 8. While no one knows what exactly it will be called, several recent reports suggest that iPhone 8 will not be the name of the Apple flagship of the year. Also Read - iPhone SE 3 likely to bring some interesting specs at a budget, release timeline out

For a long time now, both iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 have been speculated to get rid of a physical button for the fingerprint sensor, and place it under the display. But if the reports by Kuo are true, there will not be a Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the screen. Now Kuo doesn t explicitly state that Apple is moving the fingerprint scanner to the back of the phone, and none of the latest iPhone 8 leaks we ve seen show any space for a scanner on the back. According to the analyst, Apple may omit Touch ID from its next-generation iPhone entirely. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 video and image leaks all but confirm bezel-less design

This means, if the Touch ID is dropped, the only biometric authentication users will have will be an iris scanner. We sincerely hope that Kuo s lines got crossed somewhere, because ditching Touch ID in favor of facial recognition would be a massive step backward in terms of user experience. No matter how fast and accurate Apple s 3D facial scanning is on the iPhone 8, a user still wouldn t be able to unlock the iPhone without lifting it up and pointing it directly at his or her face.

Other than that, the rest of the details in his reports are mostly things that are already known. The analyst says Apple plans to release three new iPhones in 2017, including 4.7- and 5.5-inch models with LCD displays and a completely redesigned 5.8-inch iPhone with an OLED display. ALSO READ: Watch a OnePlus 5 beat an Apple iPhone 7 Plus in this speed test video

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  • Published Date: July 4, 2017 10:18 AM IST
  • Updated Date: July 4, 2017 10:32 AM IST


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