Yesterday, a new report from reputable site KGI Securities analyzed the future of Apple’s biometric technologies and suggested that all of next year’s iPhones are likely to have Face ID. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo explained that the under-display fingerprint technology still presents a huge hurdle making it more likely that the company will invest more time and money into Face ID.
If consumers react well to Face ID when the iPhone X is launched, Kuo suggests that Apple will be likely to adopt a TrueDepth front-facing camera. This can create “many innovative applications” with Face ID being the most important.
This year, Face ID is limited to the iPhone X but the challenges that Apple face with finger-print technology may mean that it will continue to feature in future models. 3D Touch ID makes the entire display panel thicker and reduces the accuracy of the scan-through of an under-display fingerprint reader.
However, all of this is dependent on the consumer reaction to Face ID. If it’s found that users are nostalgic for Touch ID, it’s likely that Apple will turn their development to this under-display feature, finding a way to overcome the technical issue.
Earlier this week, Kuo offered his research on the iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3 preorders saying that the iPhone 8 orders have “largely been cannibalized by the forthcoming release of the iPhone X.”
This issue remains a lingering question since the official unveiling of the iPhone X and it’s unlikely that we’ll see any answers until Apple can accurately gauge the consumer reaction to their latest feature.