Apple’s iPhone 8 Will Not Feature Touch ID Believes Industry Analyst In A Bold Claim

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Aug 18, 2017
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When it comes to the iPhone 8, the rumor mill just keeps on giving. The upcoming smartphone is  a regular feature, appearing consistently in various forms. Apple will shake things up this time for the iconic smartphone lineup, which has become quite boring over the past couple of years. This year, not only will Cupertino catch up with Android, it’ll also bring some very cool upgrades on the iPhone. Today, we’ve got more details on the device. Take a look below to find out more.

Analyst Believes That Apple’s Facing Problems With Touch ID On The iPhone 8; Claims Feature Will Not Make It On Smartphone

The iPhone 8 will be a very different smartphone when compared against its predecessors, according to the rumor mill. The device will also feature a button free front display, just like Android flagships launched earlier this year. This display will be OLED, as Apple is finally able to drum up enough supply chain resources to facilitate mass production at the iPhone’s expected level of demand.

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A major question still unresolved is the future of Touch ID on Apple’s upcoming flagship. The button free front for the iPhone 8 has put Apple in a similar rut as it did Samsung. Conflicting information speculates that fingerprint recognition will either be placed at the smartphone’s back or inside an elongated power button placed at its side.

Now, we’ve got a third claim for you today, which has surfaced only sparingly on the rumor mill. According to Andy Hargreaves at KeyBanc Capital markets, Apple will remove Touch ID on the iPhone 8. According to him,

Supply-chain conversations indicate Apple has been unable to get workaround solutions to work for the in-display optical fingerprint sensor. We believe the capacitive-based solution struggled with lamination and performance issues given the thickness of the display, while the attempt to move the fingerprint sensor to the side button struggled with a low recognition rate. Without a workaround, we expect Apple to ship the OLED iPhone without a fingerprint sensor and rely on 3D sensing for biometric login and verification. Given the usability concerns and challenges with Apple Pay that we discussed in a note on July 9, we see a negative impact for the upcoming iPhone cycle in terms of mix and units.”

It’s a big claim, one that has the potential to wreak havoc for the iPhone if executed improperly. Apple’s Touch ID is very secure allowing the company to expand the iPhone’s functionality to include features such as Apple Pay. The smartphone’s secure enclave has the confidence of a lot of folks. Right now, we’d advise you to take such claims with a grain of salt. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. We’ll keep you updated on the latest.

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