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Apple could abandon Touch ID fingerprint scanner in iPhone 8

04 July 2017

Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor could be replaced by facial recognition technology, according to a Bloomberg report on Monday. "Apple is reportedly in talks with LG Display to invest about KRW 2 to 3 trillion ($1.75-2.62 billion) into the South Korean display maker's new OLED production lines exclusively dedicated to Apple orders", the report says. It sports an nearly bezel-less display (barring the top lip), 3D front camera with facial recognition, and elevated sound quality.

The improved security system could also be improved by eye scanning if ongoing tests prove successful, the report says. But Ming-Chi Kuo apparently expects that the firm will not be able to pull the engineering feat off - meaning Touch ID could disappear from the front of the iPhone for the first time since its introduction in the iPhone 5s in 2013 (though it will not be removed entirely). The analyst shared all sorts of details surrounding the hotly anticipated new iPhone 8 (which, by the way, won't be called the iPhone 8), and most of the information he shared was good news. Apple's system can allegedly scan your face within a few hundred milliseconds and can even work with the iPhone laying flat on a table.

Lastly, a separate report from the Korea Herald claims that Apple is close to striking a deal with LG to make OLED displays for iPhones in the future.

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For the device's decade anniversary, Apple is also testing a new glass casing, steel edges, and a larger display that fits into a smaller overall body, Bloomberg News reported in April.

The design ditches the physical home button, and Apple is believed to have been trying to embed the Touch ID scanner inside the touchscreen display. For starters, there will be three iPhones: the usual 4.7” and 5.5” models with LCD panels (7s and 7s Plus) along with the OLED-packing iPhone 8.

Apple will bring three new models to market this year. The latter option seems unlikely given how widely used Touch ID is.

Apple could abandon Touch ID fingerprint scanner in iPhone 8