All 2018 iPhones to ditch Touch ID

Doris Richards
October 13, 2017

Kuo properly predicted numerous features in this year's iPhone X, including its new Face ID technology, which allows a user to unlock the iPhone by looking at it.

Apple's newest iPhone, the iPhone X, will launch this year with Face ID as the way to unlock the device.

Apple will ditch Touch ID in favour of Face ID for all iPhones produced in 2018, according KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

In a note seen by MacRumours, Kuo predicts that Apple will embrace Face ID as the authentication method for all of next year's iPhones in order to give it a competitive advantage over Android smartphones. Initially, it was speculated that Apple might re-introduce Touch Id in the next iterations of iPhone.

That's apparently what happened during Apple's big unveil last month, when Apple's Craig Federighi (senior vice president of Software Engineering) could not unlock the iPhone X while live on stage.


Face ID works, in part, by projecting a dot matrix across the face to map the contours of its surface. "We believe this change will allow all new models to realize a competitive advantage via differentiation, on the back of an integrated user experience of full-screen design and TrueDepth Camera/ Facial recognition/ Face ID/ AR applications", Kuo said.

To recall, Kuo had previously stated that Android manufacturers would have a hard time catching up with Apple in terms of 3D scanning.

Now it seems Apple could trickle that design change down to the "regular" iPhone models from 2018 rather than reserve it for the premium, OLED-touting iPhone X follow-up.

Face ID ever since the announcement of iPhone X has gone through extreme levels of scrutiny over the internet but since the consumers have yet to use the phones with Face ID, the jokes on the internet should be taken, well, as jokes only.

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