Apple is going to completely abandon the Touch ID fingerprint scanner with its 2018 roster of smartphones – the iPhone 9, included – apparently.
This year, Apple released three smartphones: the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. The first two had a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, a feature that we’ve seen all the way back to the iPhone 5S. It lets users authenticate themselves without having to type in a passcode – handy, right?
But the iPhone X didn’t include Touch ID, with Apple binning it in order to introduce a new design where almost all of the phone’s front is occupied by the display. Apple also added a new Face ID facial recognition system instead of the Touch ID functionality, but some users were left miffed by the omission.
It seems, however, that Apple is going to double down on this strategy, and will scrap Touch ID on all iPhone models next year. A new note from top analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple is opting for Face ID over Touch ID on the 2018 line-up of iPhone models. We’re not sure what that line-up will look like, but we’d guess at an iPhone 9, iPhone 9 Plus, and perhaps some kind of iPhone X sequel.
Reactions to Face ID have been mixed, but reports have suggested that Apple has been “all-in” on Face ID – as opposed to fingerprint-sensing tech – for over a year. Given the increasing popularity of all-screen designs, we’d say this seems likely – especially going forward. For instance, this year has seen all-screen front designs used on the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, iPhone X, and possibly incoming on the rumoured OnePlus 5T.
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