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KGI Analyst publicizes his Latest Round of iPhone Predictions

KGI Analyst publicizes his Latest Round of iPhone Predictions

Tips and talk of the possibility of removing the Touch ID sensor from iPhone 8 has turned over a new rumor - one about faces. But now that's reportedly been shelved.

However, well-regarded KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that another path is possible with the iPhone 8: the complete lack of Touch ID.

Had Apple been able to bring its in-display fingerprint recognition solution to this year's iPhone model, then it could have been first to market with a seriously cool and innovative feature. Kuo says that the iPhone 8 will support 3D sensing via the front-facing camera for facial recognition, but it's doubtful that such a system could be a complete replacement for Touch ID given how easily those systems can be spoofed. However, the intent is for it to replace the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, according to the person. The technology is described as super-speedy, scanning a person's face and unlocking the iPhone in a matter of "a few hundred milliseconds".

Kuo is one of the best Apple analysts in the business.

Bloomberg reports that Apple is now testing using 3D facial detection as a replacement for Touch ID fingerprint authentication. All three phones are also tipped to have glass backs and an aluminium frame. The AI chip is internally called the Apple Neural Engine and would improve battery life by handling tasks like image recognition and typing suggestions, Bloomberg News reported in May.

However, the feature may not be ready in time for this year's models, according to the report.

The design ditches the physical home button, and Apple is believed to have been trying to embed the Touch ID scanner inside the touchscreen display.

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. It's unclear whether the new 3-D sensor will support AR features, or just focus on face and eye scanning for security and authentication.

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