In an investor note seen by AppleInsider, Kuo reportedly says Apple has "cancelled" plans to embed a fingerprint recognition solution in the next-generation flagship iPhone. The analyst appears to be doubling down on a prediction from July.
"We predict the OLED model won’t support fingerprint recognition, reasons being: (1) the full-screen design doesn’t work with existing capacitive fingerprint recognition, and (2) the scan-through ability of the under-display fingerprint solution still has technical challenges, including: (i) requirement for a more complex panel pixel design; (ii) disappointing scan-through of OLED panel despite it being thinner than LCD panel; and (iii) weakened scan-through performance due to overlayered panel module. As the new OLED iPhone won’t support under-display fingerprint recognition, we now do not expect production ramp-up will be delayed again (we previously projected the ramp-up would be postponed to late October or later)."
While the recently leaked HomePod firmware does confirm Face ID (Pearl ID), developers have yet to find any confirmation of Touch ID for the next generation iPhone. Kuo says Apple's decision will give Samsung some breathing room, allowing it to skip the technology on the Galaxy S9 and incorporate it into the Galaxy Note 9 which would debut before the 2018 iPhone.
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