2018, the year in which Apple kills Touch ID

2018, the year in which Apple kills Touch ID

The Apple iPhone X has finally been available on store shelves since November 3rd, but there’s already speculation about what will come after the iPhone X. In the midst of all the speculation, the internet community is particularly paying close attention to the words of one analyst: Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities. If you can believe his earlier reports, then Apple will finally pull the plug on Touch ID in 2018.

It’s definitely still too early to speculate about the design of the second-generation iPhone X, but if there’s one thing that we’ve learned from Apple’s past iPhone design cycle, it’s that a radical break in design will most likely be followed by a mostly refined version that only sees minimal cosmetic changes. As such, it’s not surprising that Kuo once again assumes that the 2nd-generation iPhone X will sport a stainless-steel bezel in a glass sandwich again. A possible cosmetic change could take place in light of the number of stainless-steel parts. The iPhone X is currently made up of four parts. Reason being is that you want to avoid the antennas and another #Antennagate, like on the iPhone 4 or 4S, whose bezel only consisted of two parts. Since no users have thus far reported bad reception on the iPhone X, Kuo actually sees no need to shrink the bezel on the second-generation iPhone X. Rather, the connection speed will make it necessary to insert gaps into the stainless-steel frame on even more places, since more antennas may be required.

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Four of these antennas can be found in the iPhone X’s stainless-steel frame, and that number is expected to increase for the iPhone X 2018. / © Cnet

One leads to two: 2018 will see the return of the Plus version 

Even if the iPhone X can boast a 5.8-inch display, it made the iPhone turn out compact. When it comes to its physical size, the iPhone X falls between the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus thanks to the nearly borderless integration into the housing. Apple is expected to work on a Plus version to give fans of large iPhone displays the chance to get their hands on a borderless iPhone X design in 2018 as well. This would mean that a second Apple product would forego Touch ID and fully rely on Face ID as a biometric security feature. It’s reasonable in any case, because app developers would no longer have to develop for both systems, and this move makes more sense if you consider another Apple product category.

Face ID is also coming to the iPad Pros in 2018

According to Bloomberg’s sources, Touch ID will also be eliminated for iPads in 2018. Instead, the Apple tablets will also make greater use of Face ID along with the necessary hardware. As is already the case with the iPhone X, this would mean that Apple can make the devices in question more compact in size and eliminate space above and below the display, which would make things a bit cramped for the home button on the front.

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Bye-bye Touch ID: Apple will also get rid of Touch ID along with the home button on the iPads. / © Apple

However, it now seems unlikely that Apple will be able to use OLED technology for its iPad Pro displays in 2018. Manufacturers of such panels are now helplessly overwhelmed and cannot deliver the quantities that the market demands. An OLED panel in the format of an iPad pro must be at least 9 inches big and, according to Bloomberg’s sources, only Samsung would have the technical capability to produce OLEDs of this size. Of course, Samsung would only need to invest a lot of money beforehand to get the production lines ready for it. It’s also unclear how much higher the number of rejects would be for OLEDs of this size. OLED manufacturers would definitely have to conduct pre-production test runs to minimize the defect rate.

As of now, all of this is definitely speculation that is based on experience from Apple’s past and industry knowledge. There is currently no one-hundred percent guarantee on what the technical specs for the 2018 iPhone and iPad generation will be, but Apple’s plan to increasingly replace the home button after ten years, and Touch ID after four years, Face ID and the corresponding camera technology for 2018 is considered a done deal.

Which features are you expecting from Apple products in 2018?


Source: Bloomberg, 9to5mac


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  • Un Listed Nov 24, 2017 Link to comment

    Um, yeah...Okay...Just put the slider back.

  • Dazzler Nov 23, 2017 Link to comment

    Everything they do makes their devices less appealing to me.

    No fingerprint scanner, no headphone socket, no sd card slot, these are all things that I look for that make my device work how I want it to.

    This device has the same specs and size as the Samsung S8 but costs 50% more! Yet another reason why I pick Android!

    • Brittany McGhee Nov 23, 2017 Link to comment

      I agree, especially with regard to the SD card slot. Having to pay so much more for internal storage with an iPhone is infuriating when you know there's a better way.

  • Mark G. Nov 22, 2017 Link to comment

    Advertising Apple 💩 aside, back in the 90's when "New Labour" came to power in the UK they proposed to introduce ID cards, to which the public rejected strongly, stating privacy and security reasons and not wanting "big brother" government.
    Fast forward 2017 and were happy to volunteer to provide all our personal information, our fingerprints and now our facial fingerprint. We do this in the name of "convenience" where we entrust these megacorps to be independent of government interference. We have literally given away our privacy, they now know everything about us.

    Sadly I'm writing this on my excellent S7 as my Fantastic Tab S2 plays the latest YouTube video, my Gear S3 is quietly capturing my health stats. I'll kid myself that as "I have nothing to hide, it's ok".

    Peace 🖖

  • Rusty Nov 22, 2017 Link to comment

    Once again I have to question why is Androidified using any space talking about an apple product?! I subscribe to this web page to learn about what's going on with Android products not ANYTHING apple!

  • Tarek Salami Nov 22, 2017 Link to comment

    I don't think so, Apple wanted to get ride of touch ID physical button and implement the touch ID with in the screen itself to work as scanner as I know.

    This year I got the iPhone 8 because of the small size & touch ID, I don't think that I will get any smartphone without touch ID sensor.

  • Oleksandr Pedchenko Nov 22, 2017 Link to comment

    and how do we now live? Oh Gods!

  • Andrew Burgin Nov 22, 2017 Link to comment

    2018 will be year of bezeless phones,so more pressure will be on Apple to compete with the Android phone makers, there might be a slower demand for the New phones because how Apple valued there iPhone X, so phones now are getting more expensive for consumers, Smart tvs started of expensive until the TV produces realised the demand for these type of tvs was not so good, so now there more affordable, hope this does start to happen with Smart phones, as paying over £1,000 for a phone will definitely not be demanding phone, if we got a 5 year warranty with the £1,000 then some might be able to purchase the phone, Chinese phones in 2018 might be very popular because they will be more affordable Phones

  • Albin Foro Nov 22, 2017 Link to comment

    One gets the impression some Apple fans would like to open their phones with a kiss, but I guess not this year.

  • Iqbal Hossain Nov 22, 2017 Link to comment

    I guessed so....
    Bye bye Touch ID

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