The iPhone X, Apple’s first device to use its latest Face ID facial recognition technology, is not even out yet, but it looks like Apple already has plans for its 2018 iPhones. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, Apple would ditch its current Touch ID in favour of Face ID in all of its iPhone models scheduled for next year.
Kuo reports that 3D sensing will be a major selling point for all new iPhone models in 2018, adding that the Cupertino company plans to capitalise on its lead in 3D sensing technology.
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.
This means that we can finally say goodbye to the similar iPhone design we’ve been seeing since the iPhone 6 in 2014. The analyst also predicts that all 2018 iPhones will have a full-screen design similar to the iPhone X. On top of bringing Face ID to all 2018 iPhones, Kuo previously reported that Apple will bring it to its next generation iPad Pro as well.
Of course, this is just a rumour for now. The iPhone X is not even out yet, so Apple does not know consumers’ reaction towards its latest iPhone that changes the experience people are all used to. Moreover, there are reports claiming that Apple is facing some production problems for the facial recognition sensor, which could delay the iPhone X launch schedule.