Published: Tue, July 04, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Soon you might be able to unlock your iPhone with your face

Soon you might be able to unlock your iPhone with your face

Apple's iPhone 8 may not have a fingerprint sensor embedded under the screen after all. But now that's reportedly been shelved.

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo - often cited for his insider knowledge on A's movements - recently published a new investor note laying out his predictions for the iPhone 8. So, "the new OLED iPhone won't support under-display fingerprint recognition".

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.

The improved security system could also be improved by eye scanning if ongoing tests prove successful, the report says.

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In other words, Apple's engineering team seems to have run into technical difficulties and, if Kuo's information is good (it generally is), couldn't overcome them. It's believed that to achieve this design, Apple will do away with the home button much like Samsung did for the Galaxy S8. This 3D scanner would, potentially, work as a face scanner, unlocking the iPhone with the user's face rather than with their finger. Future iPhones may also have what Apple calls a ProMotion screen, which has a higher refresh rate, Bloomberg reported. All three phones are also tipped to have glass backs and an aluminium frame.

However, the feature may not be ready in time for this year's models, according to the report. There will be a "notch" on the front for the selfie camera and sensors, but there won't be a physical Home button.

Meanwhile, backing up earlier rumors, Kuo predicted that Apple is planning to roll out three new iPhones this fall: the 5.8-inch OLED version with an "all-new design" plus two LCD models measuring 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. Apple has faced challenges integrating the Touch ID fingerprint scanner into this new screen, people familiar with Apple's work have said.

To replace the Touch ID sensor, this 3D scanning feature would need to be faster and more accurate than its predecessor.

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