The design of Apple’s next flagship device looks stunning, but some reports suggest it is set to come with a high price tag. Apart from a hefty price rise, new iPhone 8 leak reveals that Apple will remove Touch ID fingerprint recognition from its upcoming smartphone.
According to a report from JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall, Apple’s iPhone 8 will come up with a front-facing 3D laser scanner for facial recognition in place of a fingerprint scanner.
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Hall explained many advantages of facial recognition over fingerprint recognition. He said that facial recognition is widely regarded as being more secure and it will work well in wet conditions where Touch ID can be less reliable.
The downside of this one of the iPhone 8 leak features is that facial recognition requires a more intentional unlocking procedure. iPhone 8’s eyes scanner will work similar to that of Galaxy Note 7. As users unlock their Note 7 just by looking at it, similarly in iPhone 8, users have to hold their phone up to their face which can be inconvenient and may make users more self-conscious than fingerprint unlocking. Moreover, the method can also be less reliable for users who wear glasses, sunglasses, or contact lens.
Hall says the iPhone 8’s iris scanner will add $10-15 more per module relative to the Touch ID. Coupled with an OLED display and all new chassis, the changes are presumed to push iPhone 8’s starting price more than $1000.
Consequently, Apple’s priority will be making sure consumers believe the next generation of iPhone is worth such an expensive outlay. Other expected features in iPhone 8 are glass body and wireless charging functionality. The device will host a faster A11 processor and edge-to-edge display. Apart from this, the company also expected to launch two more affordable devices with LCD displays that are little closer to the existing iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, estimating specs of 4.7 and 5.5 inches respectively.