KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo - often cited for his insider knowledge on A's movements - recently published a new investor note laying out his predictions for the iPhone 8. The feature may also incorporate eye-scanning technology. However, he does not clarify on whether the Touch ID sensor will be placed in an alternative location, or won't be around at all.
In testing, the face unlock feature takes in more data points than a fingerprint scan, making it more secure than the Touch ID system, the person said. Samsung has reportedly run into the same issue, as it was unable to fit an integrated scanner in time for release, and introduced the Galaxy S8 with the sensor on the back as a result.
Sources say Apple is testing 3D face scanning tech inside a new sensor that sits along the front-facing camera.
In other words, Apple's engineering team seems to have run into technical difficulties and, if Kuo's information is good (it generally is), couldn't overcome them.
It was also rumored that Samsung would integrate the Galaxy S8's fingerprint sensor into the display but since the technology wasn't ready, the company chose to relocate the component to the back of the device. The report also believes the new iPhones could include the ProMotion increased refresh rate displays seen in the new iPad Pros as well as a dedicated Apple Neural Engine chip for handling AI.
Lastly, a separate report from the Korea Herald claims that Apple is close to striking a deal with LG to make OLED displays for iPhones in the future. There will be a "notch" on the front for the selfie camera and sensors, but there won't be a physical Home button. Much debate has ensued with regard to where the Home button's displaced Touch ID fingerprint scanner will end up.
Apple's stock is trading up 24% year-to-date.
The report also repeats speculation that three iPhone models will be revealed at Apple's September event, but that the OLED iPhone may launch later than the two LED models. The intent of the new feature is supposedly to replace Touch ID.