Apple will release its next-generation smartphone, iPhone 8, with a face recognition feature to unlock screen instead of a Touch ID solution.
Previously, BGR reported that KGI security analyst Ming Chi-Kuo shared his research that Apple is contemplating on coming up with a Touch ID solution to complement its full-screen (zero bezel) form and security enhancement. However, as per his recent report, it seems that Apple's flagship iPhone 8 will have a facial recognition alternative instead of a Touch ID.
Nevertheless, according to MacRumors, Kuo also stated that, "if the technical challenges cannot be overcome, we believe a combination of fingerprint and facial recognition is another possible solution."
Some of these facial recognition technical problem are algorithms, hardware design, and the build-out of a database for verification and authentication. As pointed out in a report by Timothy Arcuri, the facial recognition feature will require an infrared sensor near the front-facing camera.
Other features of Apple's next-gen iPhone include its stainless steel industrial design, upgraded dust and water resistance features and advanced wireless charging. Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company also suggests some expectations for iPhone 8. Accordingly, Apple may enable an edge-to-edge front panel to eliminate bezels completely. This will also complement the OLED technology which will be used in the phone.
Forbes also reported that there could also be a name change from iPh0ne 8 to iPhone X. Nevertheless, reports say that there are things which will remain unchanged, such as continued patronage by Apple to Intel and Qualcomm for their iPhone cellular modems.
In other news, Apple's latest update to iOS version 10.2.1 is also worrisome as it does not say anything about the controversial thirty percent battery issue, but puts in the download information box "bug fixes and improvements," instead.