Apple Drop Touch ID Feature, to Use 3D Sensing/Facial Recognition on iPhone 8

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 07/07/17 10:00PM EDT

Early this July, some rumors have surfaced that Apple has dropped its initial plan to integrate Touch ID feature on iPhone 8. Instead, as these rumors would suggest, Apple intends to replace it with 3D Sensing feature. Just recently, proof that Apple will in fact, use 3D Sensing feature has finally surfaced.

3D Sensing on iPhone 8

The information came from Jun Zhang, Wall Street Analyst at Rosenblatt Securities, who revealed Viavi Solutions (VIAV) will be seeing an increase in trends, maintaining its leading position over the next two years. This is due to "optical filters" that performs "3-D sensing" on mobile devices. And one of its clients is no other than Apple.

As posted on Barron's, Zhang suggested that the iPhone 8 3D sensing module is now ready for mass production. He added that this 3-D sensing feature will be used for facial recognition wherein simple gesture recognition could be integrated in the front panel while a depth sensor could be used for the rear 3D camera.

"Our industry research also suggests that: (1) many Chinese 3D sensing module suppliers have all chosen VIAV as their sole optical filter supplier, and (2) Apple has booked capacity of 150 million optical filter units from Viavi in 2018," Zhang said.

In addition, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that iPhone 8 will adopt full-screen design OLED that also come with a virtual Home button as posted by Street Insider. However, this button will not support fingerprint recognition. Instead, iPhone 8 will support 3D sensing for facial recognition and improved selfie quality.

KGI Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo Predictions

The known KGI analyst also gave out additional predictions about the upcoming iPhone 8 which he calls OLED iPhone. First, iPhone 8 will have an all-new design 5.2-inch OLED that will come with 3GB DRAM and 64GB and 256GB storage options.

The iPhone 8 will have a Lightning port and an embedded USB-C power delivery IC for higher charging efficiency. However, the iPhone 8 might come with fewer casing color options. An estimate of between 80 and 85 million units will be ready for all three new iPhones with equal distribution between the iPhone 8 and the two iPhone 7S models.

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