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Apple 'iPhone 8' Latest News & Updates: Touch ID Out, 3D Facial Recognition In

Feb 18, 2017 11:07 PM EST

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The much-awaited iPhone 8 will replace the Touch ID. The feature will be replaced by a front-facing laser scanner for 3D facial recognition.

Aside from the removal of Home button that will allow the iPhone 8 for an edge-to-edge display, Rod Hall has revealed new update for the smartphone. Hall is a JPMorgan analyst, which announced recently an update on the very popular smartphone. According to Hall, Apple has a plan to replace the Touch ID feature for iPhone 8 and replace it with a 3D laser scanner for facial recognition.

MacRumors published the update which made the users commented on unfavorably. Furthermore, the proposed update for a 3D facial recognition on the iPhone 8 is said to cost $10 up to $15 on its bill of materials. If this is true, Apple iPhone 8 will then increase its production costs as coupled with the OLED display, steel casing and edge to edge display. So, iPhone 8 will mean so costly of around $1,000 in the United States than previous iPhone flagship.

According to DPReview, Hall insisted that the removal of the Touch ID or fingerprint reader is the very first step for the iPhone 8 to make the edge-to-edge possible. Moreover, Apple was said to received reports regarding the negative effect of the Touch ID on wet conditions. And they believe that the 3D facial recognition is a more secure way and has some benefits for augmented reality purposes.

Furthermore, Hall is confident that the 3D scanning capability when integrated to the iPhone 8 features will open 3D scanning API to other developers. Everything from determining shoe size for online orders up to helping make sure properly fit for a bike is the goal of Hall for the iPhone 8.

Aside from fans, Hall also expects an official announcement from Apple for the iPhone 8 as early as WWDC 2017 which will be on June 5. It has been almost seven years since Apple made hardware announcements at the said event. Even though users did not yet see the benefits of the 3D facial recognition proposal, experts and analysts believe the same thought as Hall.

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