Apple could abandon its Touch ID fingerprint recognition system entirely in favour of a new facial recognition system, an analyst has claimed.

Rumours have circulated in recent weeks that Apple was struggling to decide where to put the sensor – under the front screen with an ‘invisible’ sensor, or even on the rear.

Now it appears a third option may be on the table – abandoning it entirely.

The claims were made by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has sent out a report with his top predictions for the 2017 iPhone lineup.

He predicts the iPhone 8 will feature ‘the highest screen-to-body ratio of any phone on the market’, thanks to the addition of the ‘notch’ at the top of the screen and a virtual home button.

‘We predict the OLED model won’t support fingerprint recognition, reasons being: the full-screen design doesn’t work with existing capacitive fingerprint recognition, and the scan-through ability of the under-display fingerprint solution still has technical challenges’

Apple could be adopting a new facial recognition system for the new iPhone

He also claims the last minutes change will not mean delays.

‘As the new OLED iPhone won’t support under-display fingerprint recognition, we now do not expect production ramp-up will be delayed again (we previously projected the ramp-up would be postponed to late October or later).’

To allow the facial scannimg Kuo says he expects the handset to have 3D sensing for facial recognition & improved selfie quality – as well and to make Apple’s recently announced augmented reality software more accurate.

Kuo also claims the handset will still be announced in September, alongside two models without the OLED screen.

‘For optimized promotional effect, we think Apple may unveil the three models simultaneously in September, though the launch date of the OLED version may trail that of LCD models, and supply tightness may not improve before 1H18.’

The two LCD phones will have standard 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens, with the front face resembling the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Whereas the iPhone 8 chassis will be made of stainless steel and glass, it is believed the ‘iPhone 7s’ devices will have glass backs and an aluminium frame.

Rumours about the iPhone 8 have been circling for months, and a new video released last week claims to give the ‘closet look’ at the device yet.

Source: Daily Mail