Apple to Abandon TouchID in iPhone 8

Apple to Abandon TouchID in iPhone 8
The company plans to drop fingerprint recognition from the new OLED iPhone.

(CCM) — Apple is to abandon its TouchID fingerprint recognition system altogether in the OLED version of its iPhone 8 smartphone, according to a StreetInsider report on predictions made by KGO analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He said that the bezel-less full screen design of the new phone "doesn’t work with existing capacitive fingerprint recognition," adding that the scan-through ability of the under-display fingerprint solution, that Apple had been considering, "still has technical challenges."

The good news for iPhone fans is that if fingerprint recognition really has been abandoned, then the release of the iPhone 8 will not have to be delayed until next year.

Kuo expects that the OLED iPhone will come with 3 GB RAM and a choice of 64 GB or 256 GB storage. It will likely be unveiled at an Apple event in September, but he expects that demand will outstrip supply until early in 2018, despite Apple making about 40 million units available in the final part of 2017.

Finally, Kuo expects that, "to maintain its boutique image," the OLED iPhone 8 will be available in a very limited range of colors. This will make the product instantly recognizable in the hands of its premium product customers.

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