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    October 13, 2017

    None of Apple’s future iPhone models may come with Touch ID

    iPhone touch ID

    A new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that none of Apple’s future iPhones may ship with Touch ID on board.

    Just when it seemed that Apple was rolling out Touch ID to its other product portfolios – such as the Mac – research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has announced that none of the company’s forthcoming iPhones may support the biometric security standard.

    According to Kuo, Apple will move to adopt Face ID as its standard authentication system to take a ‘competitive advantage’ over other Android phones.

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    In a research note, Kuo offers that “We predict all-new 2H18F iPhone models will likely abandon fingerprint recognition. We believe this change will allow all new models to realize a competitive advantage via differentiation, on the back of an integrated user experience of full-screen design and TrueDepth Camera/ Facial recognition/ Face ID/ AR applications.”

    The move is perhaps an unsurprising one given Face ID’s introduction on the pricey new iPhone X – though what the move may mean for Apple’s other products remains uncertain.

    Earlier this week, we reported on a rumour that indicated future iPad models could ship with the iPhone X’s Face ID sensor.

    If the news sounds a little familiar, it’s because a Samsung executive was reported as saying earlier this year that the South Korean marque intends to ‘kill’ the fingerprint scanner by adopting different biometric security standards – such as iris scanning and facial recognition.

    In contrast to Kuo’s claims, Apple’s software engineering chief Craig Federighi noted that he believes that a ‘combination’ of biometric security standards (namely, fingerprint scanners and facial recognition sensors) might be the best way to secure one’s device.

    Read: According to reports, Apple’s iPhone X hasn’t yet started its final production run

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