Apart from being the most expensive iPhone till date the iPhone X also comes with a few firsts. It is the first Apple iPhone to feature a bezel-less display, and it’s also the first iPhone to ditch the much-touted TouchID in favor of Face ID. As per reports from KGI, Apple is expected to move completely to FaceID for the next iteration of iPhones.
Initially, it was understood that Apple would gauge the customer reactions to the FaceID and only then decide on the future of the TouchID. The latest note by KGI Security analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states that Apple is likely to ditch TouchID for the entire future iPhone lineup and instead opt for the 3D sensing FaceID.
This is how it works; Apple will save space by ditching the fingerprint sensor altogether, they will be able to adopt the bezel-less design for all the iPhones and Apple will also be able to tout their 3D sensing technology. The no-fingerprint idea may seem like a gamble right now, but it’s not that hard to imagine the 3D sensing technology replacing TouchID/Fingerprint sensor. Apple currently uses 3D sensing in tandem with TrueDepth cameras and FaceID. The analysts further opine that the 3D sensing will help Apple “capitalize on its clear lead in 3D sensing design and production for smartphones.”
Interestingly the analyst also predicts that the Chinese manufacturers will come up with under-display fingerprint technology in 2018. However, this has fewer chances of catching up due to its high pricing. Kuo further says that the 3D sensing technology will also be preferred on Android smartphones and might as well replace the fingerprint sensor. He also predicted that the future iPad lineup would also get the 3D Sensing FaceID. In the meanwhile, production challenges for iPhone X have apparently converted into an increased sale for the iPhone 8 Plus thus pushing the Supercycle to the next year.
At this juncture, there is no inkling on what Apple has in store for the next year. Needless to say reports, leaks and renders are expected to start pouring in from early next year. Whether its the fingerprint sensor or the Face ID Apple has been known for its implementation and hopefully the Face ID will become mainstream in the near future.