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Apple Abandons Plan to Embed Touch ID Under the iPhone 8 Display?

Apple Abandons Plan to Embed Touch ID Under the iPhone 8 Display?

Posted August 5, 2017 at 3:49pm by iClarified
Apple has abandoned its plan to embed Touch ID under the iPhone 8's display, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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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Fred Claus
Fred Claus - August 5, 2017 at 9:31pm
So when I use Apple Pay I basically have to take a selfie now in front of the cashier?? Lame! I hope this is inaccurate!
Down with gimmicks...
Down with gimmicks... - August 5, 2017 at 6:27pm
I don't like the face scan idea. It's too limiting. With fingerprint I can open the phone in any position, I don't have to look at it straight on. What about people in cold climates who might be wearing a scarf? In very dark settings? Sunglasses? Cinco De Mayo style heavy makeup? I honestly don't see the advantage.
@Comment - August 5, 2017 at 5:39pm
If they plan on going with facial recognition I hope they include a feature that disables it when the phone is held by any law enforcement officer while someone is under arrest
Mr_F - August 5, 2017 at 4:40pm
It better be faster and more accurate than microsoft surface face recognition..
D4xM4Nx - August 5, 2017 at 4:07pm
FaceID or whatever the name if it's real better be damn impressive, replacing Touch ID won't be an easy feat at all. Hoping for a nice, unexpected surprise...
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