Apple is reportedly planning to leave its Touch ID fingerprint sensors in the past according to new leaks, meaning future iPhones will not have that technology.
Touch ID fingerprint sensors have been one of the most iconic things about iPhones but the software and technology company might be shifting away from it. The recent leak was revealed by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who is considered one of the most reliable sources when it comes to leaks about Apple products. The analyst claims that Apple will not feature Touch ID fingerprint sensors in future iPhone handsets.
Kuo further pointed out that Apple will replace Touch ID with Face ID which will be one of the highlights in its new flagship handset, the iPhone X. The KGI analyst claims that the tech firm is pursuing this option because it will take the rivals a few years for their Face ID alternatives become that advance. He thus argues that this will provide a competitive advantage for Apple.
“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,” stated Kuo in a note.
The current smartphone trend revolves around the shift towards edgeless or bezel-less displays and Apple’s new iPhone X seems to have also followed the same route. The bigger screen real estate means that there is no space for the Touch ID sensor to fit. There had been speculation that the company would embed the sensor under the display but then again Apple was unable to master the technology in time. It is also not clear whether this is still something that the iPhone maker is considering for the future.
Kuo claims that according to his research Apple will most likely do away with the Touch ID for its 2018 lineup. As usual, Apple has not released any official details and confirmation will most likely be when the company finally launches new devices. Meanwhile, the iPhone X is yet to hit the market, thus it is still too early to tell how well Face ID performs.