Apple iPhone 8 Won’t Feature under-display Touch ID

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Under the display fingerprint scanner has been a rage since the tech first appeared, so much so that fans and experts industry-wide were looking forward to Apple to integrate it in the tenth anniversary iPhones, but according to recent reports that might not be happening after all.

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Earlier today, we reported that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 won’t be getting an in-display fingerprint reader and we’ll probably have to wait for the Note 9 to witness the feature.

According to a report by Apple Insider, the upcoming iPhone 8 won’t sport an under the display fingerprint scanner.

The in-display fingerprint sensor isn’t the only feature that won’t be seen on the iPhone 8, but according to KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chu Kuo, the company will also do away with the Touch ID on their upcoming iPhone.

The report claims that Apple will be focussing on ‘Face ID’ as means to unlock the next-gen iPhone and will most certainly try to do a better job — more so since Touch ID is speculated to be removed.

We might have to wait for the next-gen iPhone to see an in-display Touch ID.

While this might be a breather for Samsung since the highly anticipated feature isn’t making it to their competitor’s phone (yet) too, the fans of either of the brands might not be too pleased with the recent developments.

Earlier this year, Qualcomm had suggested that it had improved on its in-display fingerprint sensing technology that will be able to scan fingerprint through a display, glass or metal surface and will also be accessible during underwater operations.

The tech for embedding fingerprint reader inside the display is still in its infancy and smartphone manufacturers — especially of Apple and Samsung’s standing — won’t be looking forward to serving their premier clients with half-baked devices.

Speculations state that although Apple was eager to introduce the under-the-display Touch ID, the failure to integrate it is leading to delays in the company’s plans to release the iPhone 8 and that’s why they are removing the feature altogether.

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