KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, is again making headlines after releasing another new note to investors. According to Kuo, after initially believing that Apple would bring some form of Touch ID support back to its iPhone hardware as part of their 2018 lineup, he now believes that this is not the case.
Instead, he has told investors that Apple will likely go all-in with Face ID as its security solution for its entire 2018 iPhone lineup.
Last month Kuo believed that Apple’s decision on Face ID was still very much up in the air with the company waiting to see how its new face recognition solution is received, but now that appears to not be the case. The iPhone X will launch with Face ID as its only biometric security option next month and is the first iPhone to ship without Touch ID in some time.
In his note to investors, Kuo goes on to say that Face ID will be a “key selling point” of all of Apple’s 2018 iPhones and as such there will be no form of Touch ID across its lineup. Kuo also believes that Face ID and the new TrueDepth camera system will “capitalize on its clear lead in 3D sensing design and production for smartphones” throughout the coming year.
As of right now, we do not know what Apple’s 2018 lineup will look like, with rumors currently unable to pin down just what Apple has in the pipeline. That is likely because key decisions have yet to be made within Apple itself, and with three new flagship phones launched as part of its big tenth anniversary celebrations, it is not yet known whether a similar structure will be in place in 2018. It is, ultimately, too far out for any concrete rumors to form and we will likely not know more until beyond Christmas.
Having said that, one thing is for sure. With iPad Pro already rumored to get Face ID next year, and now this report saying all iPhone models is getting it too, it won’t be long before Apple brings it to MacBooks too. Meaning, the days of Touch ID are numbered.
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