'Apple expected to skip fingerprint sensor on all iPhones in 2018'

Yolanda Curtis
October 14, 2017

Kuo properly predicted numerous features in this year's iPhone X, including its new Face ID technology, which allows a user to unlock the iPhone by looking at it.

However, this wasn't always the plan. This could be a big disappointment for the iPhone users.

According to reputable Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI, Apple may well drop the Touch ID scanner entirely next year to fully focus on Face ID.

The move to an OLED display is purportedly to blame for the lack of Touch ID. It is hoped that by that time various components of the phone would be ready. Also, insider Craig Federighi sold 63,163 shares of Apple stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 7th. This is one of the most important parts in the long-awaited iPhone X.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will officially go on sale Friday, October 20. Touch ID, it seems, doesn't fit into that plan.

Face ID would have been optional - a choice for those who wanted to test the futuristic new authentication system.

The new iPhone X is displayed during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus on September 12, 2017 in Cupertino, California. These include a proximity sensor, an ambient light sensor, an illuminator that pushes out infrared light, a dot projector to help map the face and an infrared camera.

Statistically speaking, Face ID is much more secure than its predecessor, Touch ID. Consumers still haven't got their hands on the new device yet, of course, but something has evidently persuaded the decision makers at Apple that Face ID is going to be a hit, with Kuo also having recently said that future iPad models will also get Face ID.

It's too soon to know whether Apple will make their Apple Pencil technology completely proprietary, meaning iPhone users won't be able to use third-party stylus products on their phones.

Meanwhile, Samsung purportedly wants to embed a fingerprint scanner beneath the display of the Galaxy Note 9. This is being done to gain a competitive advantage over Android smartphones, Kuo said in a note to investors, which was carried out by MacRumors. The biometric tool isn't flawless, requiring user input their security code as a backup - particularly if the Touch ID sensor determines that too many unsuccessful attempts have been made to unlock the phone.

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