The long awaited smartphone of the tech giant, the iPhone 8, will replace the Touch ID feature with a front-facing laser scanner for 3D Facial Recognition. Rod Hall, a JPMorgan analyst, had disclosed recently a new update for the upcoming smartphone. We already knew about the elimination of Home Button that will enable the iPhone 8 for an edge to edge display.
iPhone 8 to cost way more than previous iPhone flagships
Recently, Hall announced an update for the popular flagship smartphone of the Cupertino-based iPhone making giant. The tech giant has a plan to replace the Touch ID feature for the upcoming phone and replace the feature with a 3D laser scanner for facial recognition, according to Hall. One of the popular new sites MacRumors published the update before other news sites.
In addition to this, the proposed update for a 3D facial recognition on the iPhone 8 will cost around $10 to $15 on its bill of materials, according to reports. Apple iPhone 8 will hike its production costs if this is true because it is also coming with an OLED display, edge to edge display and steel casing. As per rumors, the iPhone 8 will cost around $1000 in the United States, way more than the previous flagship iPhone.
Hall insisted that the elimination of the fingerprint reader or Touch ID is the very first step for the smartphone to make the edge-to-edge display possible, according to DPReview. In addition to this, the iPhone making giant was said to receive reports in respect to the negative effect of the Touch ID on wet conditions. The tech giant believes that the 3D facial recognition is a safer way and also has several benefits for augmented reality purposes. Moreover, Hall is confident that the 3D scanning capability will open 3D scanning API to other developers when it is integrated to the features of iPhone 8.
Hall expects Apple to make an official announcement for the iPhone 8 at WWDC
Hall expects an official announcement from the Silicon Valley giant as well. The mentioned announcement would be for the iPhone 8 and Hall believes it would come as early as WWDC 2017 that is scheduled to take place on June 5. The tech giant has not made any hardware announcements at the WWDC event since almost seven years, so it looks quite uncertain that the Silicon Valley giant would do it now. Users did not see the advantages of the 3D facial recognition proposal yet but the analysts and experts have the same thoughts as Hall.
Also according to reports, the tech giant has recently bought another Israeli startup, dubbed RealFace, which makes facial recognition software to authenticate users by simply doing something, like shaking your head or nodding, instead of having to do a fingerprint or enter a password. On Sunday, the Israeli business news site Calcalist reported that the deal is estimated to be worth a couple million dollars.