With Apple Pay tightly tied to Touch ID it's hard to believe that Apple would create a new standard for a single iPhone model. Still, I can't imagine Apple shipping the iPhone 8 without Touch ID. However, the intent is for it to replace the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, according to the person.
Kuo also expects the iPhone 8 to offer facial recognition through 3D sensing, which he said should also improve the quality of selfies taken with it. The feature could reportedly scan a user's face and unlock the phone within a few hundred milliseconds, and it's said to work when the phone is laying on a table as well as when the user is holding the phone to their face. Or, it could simply be a lot less secure if Apple forgoes the need for some kind identity authentication and simply allows users to, perhaps, double-tap the virtual home button to authorize a payment. 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.
It was also rumored that Samsung would integrate the Galaxy S8's fingerprint sensor into the display but since the technology wasn't ready, the company chose to relocate the component to the back of the device.
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However, the feature may not be ready in time for this year's models, according to the report. The analyst says Apple plans to release three new iPhones in 2017, including 4.7- and 5.5-inch models with LCD displays and a completely redesigned 5.8-inch iPhone with an OLED display. The tip comes from anonymous people familiar with Apple's product speaking with Bloomberg. Apple is also testing additional gestures, such as swiping across the center of the screen to launch actions, to replace the home button.
Apple's stock is trading up 24% year-to-date. For now, Apple's public AR work is focused on ARKit, a software platform for developers to make AR apps for iPhones.