Analyst says iPhone 8 will ditch Touch ID, feature 3D laser scanner for facial recognition instead


2017 is a busy and important year for Apple, as the company is celebrating the iPhone's 10th anniversary. Come September, we may see no less than 3 new iPhone models, possibly named iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, and iPhone 7s Plus.

While the 7s and 7s Plus are direct successors to last year's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone 8 is expected to be the star of the bunch. We already heard a lot of interesting things about the iPhone 8, including the fact that it should feature a curved 5.8-inch OLED display and an "all glass" design. According to JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall, another notable feature of the iPhone 8 will be a 3D laser scanner for facial recognition.

Reportedly, the presence of a facial recognition scanner means that Apple will do away with Touch ID on the iPhone 8. This kind of makes sense, as the iPhone 8 allegedly doesn't have a physical Home button. However, last month, we heard that the new iPhone would feature both face recognition, and a fingerprint scanner embedded into its screen, though JPMorgan's analyst doesn't seem to agree. 

JPMorgan's Rod Hall believes that the 3D laser scanner will be more secure than Touch ID, while also eliminating the frustration that iPhone users sometimes feel when fingerprint scanners don't work (for example, under wet circumstances). The laser scanner could also pave the way for future augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) endeavors that Apple may be pursuing, though these aren't likely to be revealed before 2018.

As reported earlier today, the iPhone 8 might cost at least $1,000. The handset could have the same overall size as the regular 4.7-inch iPhone 7s, since it's basically all-screen on the front, while the iPhone 7s probably has thick bezels around its screen (similar to the iPhone 7 - pictured above).

All in all, pretty much all rumors and educated guesses are suggesting that the iPhone 8 should be the most interesting iPhone model to date. Are you excited about its launch?

via: Apple Insider

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35 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Just make it exciting.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I need my FP scanner man, better not do away with it.

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1816; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Let's see if they really innovative with the 8/X or if they keep stringing the people along with outdated updates...

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They promise the world everytime and basically nothing happens as all the features fall out one at a time until launch. They aren't a company that makes new tech, they just repackage old tech. Look to what is available on the market now and that is basically all they will have.

13. Valinor

Posts: 174; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

But sometimes the rumours are true. But then it ends up being a totally new product lineup thats twice as expensive and the normal product line only gets a minor upgrade. So we still get screwed :p On a different note: where do these names come from: iphone 8/ iphone X. The only thing that makes sense is 'iphone pro'

17. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

It's quite simple actually. iPhone = Name of the phone X = Roman Numeral for 10 This year = 10th anniversary of the iPhone. iPhone X = 10th anniversary model of the iPhone.

18. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

the world promises the world everything everytime by hyping a company that hasn't done nothing but follow it's competitors

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30955; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nahhhh, might have both.

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3097; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Let's see what they have in store. I want some new tech.

7. Joms_US

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

Great another prediction from Cr@pple ANALyst.

8. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 191; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

Now this is call innovation, take that Android!

10. sissy246

Posts: 7063; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No one really knows if there even is a iphone 8.

12. Subie

Posts: 2345; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

But this article is about hardware innovation. Android is software.

15. aegislash

Posts: 1475; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Let the ignorant sheep baaaah peacefully.

25. iushnt

Posts: 3085; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Haha yeah

20. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

What a dummy..........didn't you know that Android is an OS? This sheep must be living in a apple cave for so long that he (euhm he is a she now) does not know the difference between hardware and software! HillaryClinton2020 aka Snakeboy aka Vincent Liu.........get a life!

21. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

He only knows that open a can with his sharp neck.

9. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

I heard the iPhone 8 will come with a holographic projector built in for FaceTime. Better get started on that article!

11. batmite

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

Apple will innovate and the rest will follow as always.

19. sissy246

Posts: 7063; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Whatever Mxy lol

23. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Tell me what did apple innovate?

24. RasacL

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 27, 2017

Mention atleast 1 innovation which Apple did first and others followed? They never did anything first. All they did was copying

26. iushnt

Posts: 3085; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

64 bit soc in a phone, that great iOS

29. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

ios great? Whahahah most restricted and closed OS ever! Can't do sh!t!

30. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I think it's great. Now what r u gonna do 'bout it?

31. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Nothing.....i just laugh at sheep......baaaaaaahhhh!

33. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Like your mother laughed when you were born? Baaaaaaahhhh! LOSER.......!

32. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

You mean MS innovated by having 3d laser facial scanning and then Apple will follow?

14. Alter

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

Wow if they really use a 3D laser scanner for facial recognition and call it iPhone X then that sounds cool in a sci-fi way.

16. aegislash

Posts: 1475; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I'm hoping that all tech companies are smart enough to call their 10th generation/10th anniversary phones X instead of 10 because X just looks and sounds much better. '

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