It’s that time of the year again. iPhone rumors are all over the internet. In the latest round of iPhone 8 rumors, a report released by KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple may not include TouchID, or any fingerprint sensor for that matter, on the iPhone 8.
So far speculations have pointed towards a fingerprint sensor embedded directly inside the phone’s display. People and mobile phone manufacturers were extremely confident about this rumor, so much that a company has already revealed its upcoming smartphones will come with an embedded fingerprint scanner.
According to the KGI report, Apple may opt for a facial recognition system on the iPhone 8. The next iterations of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are likely to include TouchID, along with other incremental hardware upgrades.
The third smartphone that Apple is expected to announce later this year is expected to ship with an advanced facial recognition system. The iPhone 8 may include an OLED display and is expected to feature the highest screen-to-body ratio, according to KGI’s report.
There have been several leaks lately that revealed iPhone 8 dummy handsets. If these are real, and the KGI’s report almost confirms them, it could mean Apple may really reveal three iPhones this year. This will be the first time Apple will launch a separate iPhone apart from its regular yearly flagship phone.
That said, the iPhone 8 won’t include a physical home button either. It will include a virtual home button built into the phone’s OLED display. The entire display will not be user accessible, according to KGI, it will have a small functional area which will be off-limits for the user. There have been rumors that the iPhone 8 may also support wireless charging.
Apple may launch the iPhone 8 with an advanced facial authentication system. This is likely to be powered by several 3D depth sensing algorithms. It won’t be outlandish to even consider FaceID as the name for the feature.
KGI also believes that Apple will announce all the three phones in September itself. The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will go on sale by the end of September itself but iPhone 8 may not be available until late 2017. It may even get pushed as far as early 2018.
Update: Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, one of the top sources of unreleased Apple products, confirmed a few hours later that Apple is working on a facial recognition software for the iPhone 8. The 3D face-scanning technology is likely to replace TouchID in the upcoming iPhone 8/Pro that is slated to release by the end of this year.
The technology will allow users to authenticate app purchases, make payments, and perform other authentication methods via the 3D face-scanning technology. However, the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will feature the regular (and possibly improved) TouchID.