Will iPhone 8 ditch Touch ID entirely for facial recognition instead?

Top 10 iPhone 8 features review predictions by Ming Chi Kuo

Top 10 iPhone 8 features review predictions by Ming Chi Kuo

Kuo didn't comment on whether or not he thinks the Touch ID sensor will be relocated to the rear of the device or abandoned totally.

According to the analyst, Apple's next-generation OLED iPhone will indeed ditch the physical home button beneath the display. The iPhone generates almost two-thirds of Apple's sales, and has become a central hub for products like the Apple Watch, Apple TV, and the new HomePod.

The facial scanning feature would have to be better than those designed by Apple's rivals. This 3D scanner would, potentially, work as a face scanner, unlocking the iPhone with the user's face rather than with their finger. ProMotion displays are capable of updating at a higher refresh rate which dramatically reduces motion blur especially when scrolling.

This adds credibility to other reports that showed that Apple has been working on a variant that features a fingerprint reader relegated to the back of the phone, below the Apple logo.

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The front and back glass looks continuous because of how thin the steel surrounding frame is, people familiar with the device said.

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. The new 3-D sensor is being tested for the OLED version. The non-OLED phones will be more readily available than the revamped phone at launch because of supply constraints, Bloomberg News has reported.

Monday's update comes amid continued talk over what Apple plans to do with the Touch ID sensor, given the Home button is likely to disappear in favour of a bezel-free design.

Apple will bring three new models to market this year. The intent of the new feature is supposedly to replace Touch ID. For now, Apple's public AR work is focused on ARKit, a software platform for developers to make AR apps for iPhones.