Analyst Believes iPhone 8 May Feature Facial Recognition Instead of Touch ID

The analysts are out in full these days, still months ahead of the unveiling of an iPhone 8, putting in their two cents about what they think Apple’s next flagship smartphone may bring to the table.

The latest investor note comes from analyst Rod Hall of JPMorgan. As reported by MacRumors, Hall believes that the iPhone 8 may feature 3D laser scanner technology to promote facial recognition. The reason why Apple is going this route, according to Hall, is because they plan on doing away with Touch ID —as they do away with the Home button— and opt for an edge-to-edge display. Hall also adds that it’s possible Apple brings facial recognition technology to the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, rumored to launch alongside the iPhone 8 later this year.

This is certainly not the first time we’ve heard this rumor, whether it’s focused on facial recognition or iris scanning.

The note also says that the new scanner could add $15 per module for Apple, which would increase the cost for Apple. Adding that to the expectations that the company will utilize a stainless steel and glass design, wireless charging, and a new OLED display, Hall expects that Apple could charge at least $100 more than it typically does for an iPhone, if it wants to maintain its profit margin.

This would go hand-in-hand with an earlier report suggesting the iPhone 8 could cost $1,000 or more.

Hall says that a switch to facial recognition for security could mean more merchants and banks adopt Apple Pay (which would be good news for Apple), and it could alleviate some complaints that Touch ID is less-than-reliable in wet conditions. However, one of the major focal points for this technology could be the implementation of augmented reality technologies in the future:

“One obvious and potentially most compelling use would be AR/VR experiences in which the user’s hands and other real world objects are being scanned and integrated into a field of view provided by the iPhone mounted into a Google Daydream-like headset. This would open up many interesting entertainment and gaming experiences not available today and might give Apple something extra in an AR/VR accessory compared to Google and others.”

As it stands, the general consensus at this point is that the iPhone 8 is going to be packed with features, and that it is more than likely going to be expensive.

Do you plan on picking up an iPhone 8?

[via MacRumors]

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