New iPhone 8 ‘Cancellation’ Reveals Apple’s Biggest Gamble – Forbes

iPhone 8 is
Apple
’s most important iPhone to date, it is also the most radical invention of the range so far. But while previous cancellations caused a stir, now the technology which enables so much of its design evolution has been hit the chopping block…

The news comes from none other than KGI Securities’ acclaimed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a new report obtained by AppleInsider Kuo said the integration of a fingerprint reader into the iPhone 8’s display has not only been “cancelled” but Touch ID will be scrapped entirely from the phone.


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iPhone 8 will have an enlarged power button, but it will not be a TouchID fallback

Previously my sources had indicated Apple may integrate Touch ID into an enlarged power button as a backup, but it appears Apple is now prepared to take a much bigger gamble.

As leaked in its own software, Apple will instead move all iPhone 8 security to ‘Face ID’ – a new facial recognition that will hopefully work better than Samsung’s erratic implementation in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus which struggles in bright sunlight, low light and when wearing glasses/sunglasses.

But Samsung played it safer than Apple because both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus still retain their fingerprint sensors as a fall back. They are idiotically positioned, but they were still my default method of unlock within a week of using each phone.


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The Galaxy S8 facial recognition is highly erratic, especially in bright light

Optimists will hope Apple’s confidence means Face ID delivers an experience above and beyond any facial recognition technology smartphones have seen before. Though cynics will inevitably point out Apple’s new 4mm front bezel and finalised circuitry meant Apple was prepared to risk the usability of the iPhone 8 over how it looks.

Fingers crossed it will be the optimists who are proved right. After all, Apple has a long history of ruthlessly cutting even the most mainstream of technology (floppy disk, Dock connector, headphone jack, USB Type-A, etc) when it feels a better (though sometimes proprietary) solution is available.

How confident should we be in Kuo’s report? I suspect very.


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iPhone 8 will look stunning, but Apple is undoubtedly taking a risk removing Touch ID

The analyst had left Touch ID off leaked specs several months ago and both Kuo and well connected Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman had speculated it might be at risk last month, but full removal (even from the power button) remains a surprise. It also risks a functionality divide with the incrementally upgraded iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus models launching alongside it which will retain Touch ID and exclude Face ID.

So while the iPhone 8 won’t be cheap, there is now no doubt Apple is also risking an even higher price with this controversial exclusion. Samsung will be mightily relieved.

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New iPhone 8 ‘Cancellation’ Reveals Apple’s Biggest Gamble – Forbes